Activities with Rope

Knot Tying

Aaronic Priesthood Purpose
Develop talents by learning and demonstrating camping skills.

Young Women Area of Focus
Recreation and the world of nature-
by developing life-preservation skills.

People who can help
Adviser
Parents
Camping specialists

Things needed
Two ropes (of different diameters) for each youth
Illustrated handbook on knot tying

How to do it
1. Teach how to tie three joining knots and explain how they are used.
a. Square.
b. Sheet bend.
c. Fisherman.

2. Teach how to tie three loop knots and explain how they are used.
a. Bowline.
b. Taut line hitch. – c. Slip.

3. Teach how to tie three attaching knots and explain how they are used.
a. Two half hitches.
b. Clove hitch.
c. Timber hitch.

4. After all nine knots have been shown, have the youth show the type of knots they would use in-
a. Helping a person in the water who needs to be pulled to a boat.
b. Tying a package.
c. Tying two fishing lines together.
d. Pitching a tent.
e. Hitching a horse to a post.

Lashing

Priesthood Purpose
Develop talents by learning and demonstrating camping skills.

Young Women Area of Focus
Recreation and the world of nature-
by developing life-preservation skills .

People who can help
Advisers
Parents
Camping specialists

Things needed
Three poles three inches (76mm) in diameter and eight feet (2.4m) long for each young man or woman
Three lengths of rope 1/4 inch (6mm) in diameter and 10 feet (3m) long for each young man or woman
(If the above is not available, use three dowels one foot [30cm] long and three pieces of twine four feet [1.2m] long for each young man and woman.)
Handbook on lashing

How to do it
1. Teach how to tie various lashings and ex plain how they are used.
a. Square lashing.
b. Diagonal lashing.
c. Tripod lashing.
d. Shear lashing.

2. Have each person lash the three poles together into one long pole using the shear lashing.
a. Start with a clove hitch around one pole eighteen inches (46cm) from the end.
b. Make seven tight turns around both poles. (Make turns away from clove hitch toward the end of the pole.)
c. End with a clove hitch around the opposite pole from where you started.

Splicing

Priesthood Purpose
Develop talents by learning and demonstrating camping skills.

Young Women Area of Focus
Recreation and the world of nature-
by developing life-preservation skills.

People who can help
Advisers
Parents
Camping specialists

Things needed
Pieces of rope to be spliced. Each piece should be at
least 18 inches (46 cm) long.
Two 30-foot (9m) poles
Two 70-foot (21m) pieces of rope
Shovels
Handbook on splicing
Flag

How to do it
1. Teach how to make the following splices and tefl when to use them:
a. Short splice.
b. Long splice.
c. Eye splice.
d. Back or end splice.

2. Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a thirty-foot pole, some shovels, seventy feet (21m) of rope that has been cut into four pieces, and a flag. Have each team make a flag pole, attach a rope for the flag, and fly the flag using the proper splices.

Rope Whipping

(Rope whipping is the binding of the ends of a piece of rope so they will not fray and come apart.)

Priesthood Purpose
Develop talents by learning and demonstrating camping skills.

Young Women Area of Focus
Recreation and the world of nature-
by developing life-preservation skills.

People who can help
Advisers
Parents
Camping specialists

Things needed
Rope to be whipped (nylon, cotton, etc.)
String
Candle and matches
Tape
Handbook on rope whipping

How to do it
1. Show how rope can be whipped in various ways:
a. Whipping with string.
b. Whipping with tape.
c. Whipping nylon rope.

2. Give each person a chance to practice what he has learned.

From “The Activity Book”, Camping, pp 157-171. available from Church Distribution for $6.00.

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