When I volunteered to teach my second grader’s Cub Scout pack their knots lesson for their Wolf rank, the leader seemed surprised. “Why not? I’m a Girl Scout,” I told him.
As a day camp volunteer, I’m used to having a box of ropes around to teach the girls knots. And I was very impressed this summer when the camp dad was teaching Daisies how to do camp knots!
The point is, you’re not too young to learn.
If you’re looking for some simple knots to teach Daisies and Brownies, start with these two basic knots that are required for the second grade Cub Scouts Wolf rank. (There are countless others to try, but these will easily take up 15 minutes or more, depending on the size of your troop. )
Overhand knot: Your scouts probably already know how to do this, but they don’t know what it’s called. An overhand knot is made with a simple loop that you pull the end through.
Watch an animation of the Overhand knot.
Square knot: Right over left, and under. Left over right, then under. Pull.
Watch an animation of the square knot.
You can use rope or do what I did and tap into your daughter’s
For a bonus, I taught the boys the Larks head, or cow hitch, which they attached to their own Keychain compass .
The boys were thrilled to take home their own paracord to practice their knots with. I suspect that we will find new things tied up with bathrobe belts in our house, too!
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