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Troop 282

Blue Elk District • Heart of America Council, BSA

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April 22nd, 2011

Build A Camp Chair

Relax around camp by building a comfortable chair. It’s easy if you have the pioneering skills.


  • Three spars about 4 inches in diameter, two 8 feet long and one 12 to 15 feet long
  • Four sections of rope, one 30 feet long and three 3 to 4 feet long
  • 6-by-8-foot (or slightly bigger) tarp, folded into an isosceles triangle
  • Three heavy rocks slightly smaller than baseballs but larger than golf balls

Step One: Determine which ends of each spar are the thickest, and designate those as the base of each spar. Lay the two shorter spars together on the ground, parallel to each other, with each base at the same end and even with each other.

Lay the long spar down in the opposite direction, with its base at the opposite end from the bases of the shorter spars, with only about two feet of overlap at the tops. Keep them all parallel.

Use the 30-foot rope to perform a tripod lashing around all three spars.

Step Two: Fold each rock into a corner of the triangle-shaped tarp and twist to create a pocket that will hold the rock. Then tie one of the three shorter ropes around the pocket holding the rock by wrapping a few times and tying off the end with two half hitches.

Be sure to leave 2 to 3 feet of rope available. Repeat for each corner.

Step Three: Attach the tarp to the tripod by wrapping the remaining rope around each spar once or twice and finishing with a taut-line hitch.

The longest spar should act as the back leg of the chair, so attach the rope at higher point on that spar to create the back of the chair.

Step Four: Relax comfortably in your chair.

Click here for more pioneering projects.

Thanks to the Boy's Life for this great idea.

March 2nd, 2011

Climbing Knots Resource Suggestion

We received an email from a local merit badge counselor, who wrote…

Hi, My name is Courtney Goodman, I am a merit badge counselor with a local boy scout troop. we have been using your links page ( for some time now, It has a lot of great stuff on it!! Thanks so much.

The next couple weeks the boys of our troop are working on their climbing merit badge in which I am the counselor for. One of the boys found a great climbing knots page which has about 15 climbing knots as well as a link to climbing equipment:
It might be a good addition to your page as well. Let me know what you think.
Have a great day!!

Courtney Goodman

Thanks so much Courtney for your complement and resource link suggestion.
We have added the Climbing Knots resource link to our website’s links page.

February 2nd, 2011

New BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Forms

These are the Annual Health and Medical forms you will need for Summer Camp

The 2011 update to the Annual Health and Medical Record consolidates all records from the National Council and the national high-adventure bases, enabling a single form to be used for all BSA activities.

Annual Physicals
The new medical form requires an annual physical for persons participating in certain activities regardless of age. The new medical form no longer allows attaching another physical exam (ie: sports physical) to the BSA medical form. The physician’s signature must be on the BSA form to be valid.

Components of the new form
Part A: General Information. Required for all events.
Part B: Parental release and information. Required for all events.
Part C: Physical Exam & Doctor’s Signature. Required for events exceeding 72 hours.
Part D: For National High Adventure Bases only. This part NOT REQUIRED for summer camps or unit activities.

Download > Parts A, B, and C of the BSA Medical Form. (This is what you will need for Summer Camp)

Download the whole form > Parts A, B, C, and D of the BSA Medical Form.

Please view the Annual Health and Medical Record web page for information about the medical form.

Please view the National BSA Frequently Asked Questions web page for questions about the medical form.

July 11th, 2010

Knot You’re Average Website

If you are looking for a great Website to help you learn to tie a specific knot, go to The site walks you through each step needed to tie a knot.

The have a section dedicated to scouting knots.

The also offer knots used for fishing (Including everything you need for requirement 4 of the fishing merit badge.

The site also now offers an iPhone app to show you the knots as well.






July 10th, 2010

Merit Badge List actually takes you to a new site – This site is very helpful when looking for the latest requirements for all of the Boy Scout merit badges you will need for advancement.

Here is the current list of Merit Badges. Click on the name of the badge to see the requirements.

Use this link if you would like a list of Merit Badge Worksheets.

Merit badges that are Eagle-required merit badges can be found on this page.