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​Pioneering Kit

The next Pioneering Kit Training is scheduled for April 12, 2014 at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Training begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch, dress for the weather and meet in the Scoutcraft Field next to the Dining & Education Facility (formerly Wright Lodge). To make a reservation, send $5, name and phone number to:

       Pioneering Kit Training
       4568 West Pine Blvd.
       St. Louis, MO 63108-2193


If you are having trouble tying knots, here is a good website to help you practice: Knots website



​There has been much concern about the Boy Scout program over the past few years that Scoutcraft skills have been abandoned in favor of leadership skills. It was further pointed out that boys join a Boy Scout troop for the outdoor adventure -- the Scoutcraft skills, if you will. The guide is written to give equal emphasis to both Scoutcraft and leadership skills which are intended by the methods and plans herein.
To more effectively provide for quality program in the Boy Scout Skill development. 
As a result of this experience, participants will have gained knowledge of the qualities and attributes of good program leadership, which will develop abilities in the practice of both leadership methods and Scoutcraft skills.
A participant will develop skills and knowledge including attitude in:
  • How to encourage the personal growth of each individual boy.
  • Establishing an effective relationship with boys and adults.
  • How to plan and execute, with boys, an exciting and challenging program.
  • How to use Scoutcraft skills with fun and games in training boys to be self-sufficient in the out-of-doors.
  • How to add fun, challenge and adventure into the operation of a Boy Scout troop.
  • Develop manual dexterity and teamwork by the completion of tasks involved in the project.
  • Planning a challenging but successful oriented project, which results in pride of accomplishment.
  • A hands-on progressive method of teaching boys Scouting skills.
The Plan
This training is intended for unit leader instructors of the Pioneering Ropes and Spars Challenge. The overall plan is for application of a hands-on instruction for unit leaders in a progressive program, which ends in building a pioneering project(s).
The Program
The program starts by the troops' preparation at their troop meetings prior to participating in this outdoor program of Ropes and Spars Challenge. Should the troop not apply this prior preparation, the unit leader instructors shall enhance the basic skills only by the methods herein. The program shall be progressive starting with knots, followed by lashings and ending in pioneering project(s).   Each skill will further be developed by games involving first knots, then lashings. The final result will be by applying these knots and lashings to their pioneering project(s). The periodic application of fun is essential.
The Patrol Method
The unit leader Instructor shall observe the skill levels of the Scouts and make use of those participants who have demonstrated sufficient skill by using them to instruct those with little or no skill in the areas of knot tying and then lashings. The unit leader instructor must be ever vigilant in his observation during basic skill practice. Fun and challenge shall take place as well as the pride associated with completion of task.
Teaching Methods
The Method: Instruction is almost as important as the subject itself. It is expected that all unit leader instructors will use the methods indicated and the projects outlined in the training guide.
Objective: Keep in mind that we are to teach the methods proved most successful in Scouting. Where the personal experience of the instructor fortifies the principle involved, illustrations -- either graphic or hands-on instruction -- will aid in the method indicated.
Point of View: The course instructor represents the Boy Scouts of America. The instructor must guard against using the training session as an opportunity to represent his/her own personal view. The instructor must, however, encourage free and open discussion by the members in this course. In summarizing the discussion, the instructor should always refer back to the principles recommended in this outline.
Techniques: Try to avoid long lectures and long sessions. The schedule for this session provides an adequate amount of activity.  Instructors must avoid long drawn-out demonstrations and must stay on schedule.  Do not forget FUN.
The Scouting Way: The practical Scouting methods of teaching should be used.
  • Preparation -- outline, visuals, equipment and supplies
  • Explanation -- establish the purpose, reason for and principles of what is being taught
  • Demonstration
  • Practice
  • Review and application
Stimulate Study: Reference is made throughout these sessions to the Boy Scout Handbook, Scoutmaster's Handbook, Patrol Leader's Handbook and the Fieldbook. Encourage boys to turn pages and look at these books during the course. Urge them to take notes, make sketches and note references.
A troop, with an adult trained on its use, may use the Pioneering Kit by making a reservation with the Camping Service at any of the council service centers. The fee is $10 per troop. Four weeks' prior notice is required for a cancellation or change of date. This allows ample time for other troops to use the program. Lost or intentionally damaged items will be replaced by the troop responsible.
The program is available at Beaumont Scout Reservation in High Ridge, Missouri and Camp Lewellen, at Silva, Missouri.  At either location the “trained leader” must present his/her Pioneering Trained Card to the Ranger.  When using the Pioneering Kit at Beaumont Reservation, or Camp Lewallen, the trained leader will pick up the keys to the kit from the Camp Ranger.
The program is led by a trained instructor and is designed to take a troop from basic knot tying to building a large project in one day.
The Pioneering Kit Program is a unit activity and is not available for training or district activities.
Contact the Camping Service for additional information, at 314-361-0600 or 800-392-0895.