Knot-tying is one of the many useful skills that Boy Scouts are taught as they progress through the Scout program and earn merit badges. When showing mastery of knot-tying, a knot demonstration board allows you to display all of your knots in a manner where the knots remain loose, for clear display, without coming undone. In addition to showing that you know how to tie the required knots, a demonstration board also allows your peers to learn how knots are tied by seeing your examples.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Poster board
- Super glue
Cut dowels to the desired length for your demonstration board. The dowels need to be only long enough to support the knots or hitches being tied around them.
Lay out where you want each knot to be on the poster board without securing the knots in place.
Label the board over where each knot will be placed, identifying what the knot is.
Tie the knots you will be demonstrating, but do not pull them tight. A loose knot is easier to follow to determine how it was tied.
Use laces in different colours when performing a knot that requires more than one rope or cord. The different colours will clearly show which section of the knot belongs to each cord.
Secure the cords to the poster board with a layer of super glue along the backs of the cords, or to the dowels the cords are tied around for hitches that require a dowel for demonstration.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure to include the knots requested by your Troop Leader to ensure you earn full credit. For assistance with how to tie a knot, consult the Animated Knots Database online.
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