Useful Boy Scout Knots:

What are They and How Can You Use Them?

Whether you are tying Boy Scout knots for rock climbing, sailing, camping or a different outdoor activity, it's extremely important to remember how useful one of the these specialized knots can be. The majority of people actually first learn how to tie knots as kids when they are members of the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts prove to be an essential part of any child's life, as the program teaches kids:

  • How to solve problems
  • Builds responsibility
  • Build character
  • How to become practical with their hands
  • Learn about the outdoors

In addition, one of the best skills that a child learns in the Boy Scouts is how to tie a knot. Below are some of the most common types of Boy Scout knots that are learned.

Constrictor Knot is Semi-Permanent

TO tie a constrictor knot, start by laying out two feet of rope. Then place both of your hands in the middle of the rope and keep each hand about 8 - 10 inches apart from the other. Start twisting the rope until you have created a loop. Now fold the loop over itself so it looks like a figure-8. Next, fold both sides of the figure-8 over so that they come into contact with each other. Position both of the loops over stake or peg and pull both sides of the rope so the knot tightens and your constrictor knot has formed.

Constrictor knots are highly effective binding knots, and that means that they are ideal for a wide variety of situations where the binding needs to be almost permanent. Sometimes they are used for cable ties or hose clamps.

Bowline Knot is Ideal for Sailing Purposes

One of the most common types of Boy Scout knots is the bowline knot. In order to tie one of these knots, start by laying out a foot of rope and create a circle in the middle. Next, place one side of the rope through the circle with the other side of the rope around the backside. Now bind one side of the rope through the circle again and tug on it until the knot is tight.

The bowline knot tends to be used for sailing small water vessels. It is also one of the Boy Scout knots that can literally be used for saving lives. Bowline knots are often created to rescue people who fall off of cliffs or into holes.

A Round Turn Tow Half Hitches Knots

Another frequently used Boy Scout knot is the round turn, two half hitches knot. To complete this knot, you need to wrap a piece of rope around a stake or peg two full times. Once the rope has been wrapped around the stake, form a V with the rope about 2 inches off the stake. At this point, you need to place the other end of the rope through the V shape. Now, tug on the rope with force so the V collapses on the stake. Next, directly in front of the broken V, create another V just like before. Repeating the previous step, place one end of the rope through the V again and tug hard. Once the second V collapses, you will have a round turn, two half hitches knot. This is a hitch that people often use to attach a rope to a fixed object.

There are a wide variety of Boy Scout knots, but the three examples mentioned above are among the most common. No matter what knot you learn or teach, this is sure to be a valuable skill that serves you for many years to come.