Junior Camper Badge Activity


Knots to Know!

Whether you’ll be hiking, boating, or sitting around a campfire, learn a special skill that might come in handy at camp: knot tying! 

Activity Details

Time needed: 15 minutes per knot

Materials needed:

  • Nylon or cotton rope
    (For camping, you’ll want to bring several feet of rope. For this activity, you’ll only need a 12- to 18-inch piece to practice knot tying.) 

Setup: Knots can be used to hang up gear, to tie tent flaps, to connect a boat to a dock, and for lots of cool crafts. Follow a tutorial in a guidebook or online or ask an older Girl Scout or other expert to teach you some basic knots, such as the square knot, the clove hitch, and the bowline.

Activity: Use online videos to learn how to tie these useful knots:

1.     Overhand knot

2.     Round turn and two half hitches

3.     Clove hitch

4.     Square / reef knot

5.     Sheet bend

6.     Bowline

Troop Leaders:  The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your  Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from Step 2 of the Junior Camper badge. Purchase the Junior It’s Your Planet Badge Activity Set to complete all requirements and earn the badge