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Knot Tying

Ages 6 and up! Learn a few useful knots at home!

Knot tying is an important skill in the wilderness but also very useful in our daily lives! Do you ever wish you had knew a knot for something or wanted to learn a knew skill?

What you will need:

  • Something to tie (rope, string, shoelace)
  • Knot guides (provided)
  • A stick/pole/etc. (needed for one of the knots)

We will be learning three different knots: 1. square knot, 2. clove hitch, and 3. bowline knot

The square knot has many uses, from securing bandages and packages to joining two ropes together. The clove hitch can be used as a binding knot, it can be used for something like hanging food from a tree so that a bear can’t get to it. A bowline knot makes a loop at the end. The bowline is sometimes referred to as King of the knots because of its importance

Learn knots: 

Using the picture keys for each knot, practice knots 1-3 at least 5 times, and on the last time you need to be able to tie it without looking at the photo guide.

Square Knot
Square knot with one rope Photo:
Square knot with 2 different ropes. Photo:
Clove Hitch
Clove Hitch knot with a pole/stick. Photo:
Bowline Knot
Bowline Knot Photo:

If you have multiple people learning these knots try a Knot tying relay race: 

Start with the ropes at one end or the room, yard, house, etc. and the “teams” at the other end.

o    Round 1: call out a knot and each team needs to run to their rope, tie the knot, and run back to tag the next member. First team done wins.  

o    Round 2: Run the relay again with a different knot.  

o    Round 3: Relay format continues but students don’t learn the knot they have to tie until they get to the instructor. 

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