This week’s image comes from the “aah, when I were a lad …” vault. Once a week, and a week or two a year, I’d don a wolf cub uniform and go dybing and dobbing. Later, having turned 11, as a member of the 1st Blackheath boy scout troop, around Easter I’d go bob-a-jobbing. I’d also go camping and attend jamborees.
In those days I learned how to tie and use those knots and I can still remember the mantra for the reef knot, used for tying two lengths of string or cord or rope or wire or bedsheets together: Left over right and under, right over left and under.
if you want to be as dextrous as me, then read this page which gives instructions for the four knots illustrated plus the figure of eight and the two half hitches.
I wholeheartedly agree with ‘Bear’ Grylls, the survival expert who is UK Chief Scout. He says: “Practical skills are at the heart of scouting. From first aid to cooking a meal, we encourage all young people to learn skills they can use in life. While learning together, girls and boys grow in confidence and self-esteem.
“Having these skills helps them prepare for whatever life throws at them, enabling them to become active and responsible citizens who are willing to take a lead.“
Looking back, I realise that I learned far more from my extra-curricular activities than I ever did studying for exams.