Chain-Gang Race

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A relay type game for patrols. Using Bowline, Reef Knot and Clove Hitch


For each Scout, a short length of rope


The patrols line up in relay formation at the starting line.
On signal, the first Scout in each patrol ties his rope around his ankle with a bowline knot and hands the other end to the second Scout.
The second Scout joins his rope to the first with a reef knot, then makes a clove hitch around his own ankle and hands the other end to the third boy, who does the same.

When all patrol members are joined in this way, they race to the finish line.

Scoring: The first patrol to cross the finish line with all knots tied correctly wins.


  • knots
  • relay game

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