Red Rope Challenge

Our troop went to Circle X at Forest Lawn Scout Reservation near Lake Arrowhead for Summer Camp this year, and was introduced to the “Red Rope Challenge”. The challenge is to be able to tie 14 specific knots in under one minute. We decided to implement the program in our own troop. The Scout (or Scouter) can check out a blue rope at any time from the troop, and is awarded his own red rope when he successfully completes the challenge. The blue rope is returned to the troop once completed. The purpose is to not only increase proficiency in knots, but to spur new interest in them. Boys can wear their red ropes to Court of Honors.

Here is a description of the knots in the Red Rope Challenge:  RedRopeChallengeKnots

My son successfully completed the challenge and created these videos to help others:

Lesson 1: Demonstration and Knots 1 and 2:

Lesson 2: Knots 3, 4, and 5:

Lesson 3: Knots 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10:

Lesson 4: Knots 11, 12, 13 and 14:

2 thoughts on “Red Rope Challenge

  1. Our Troop Instructor did something similar to help Scouts prepare for Camporee. When they were able to tie all the knots, he awarded them a handmade item to hang on their belt made from red paracord.

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