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Knot Honors

The ability to tie essential knots is a useful skill. Understanding the purpose of a particular type of knot and when it should be used is equally important. Using the wrong knot in an activity or situation can be dangerous. The Knot Honors Program is a Troop method of encouraging scouts to learn how to tie the most common Boy Scout knots. All Scouts have the opportunity to participate in the honors program. Honor mentions will be made at a Court of Honor and displayed on the troop website. Instruction videos of most knots can be found on this website under PLC Resources.  

 

What are the knot honors?

 

There are 4 knot honors available –

 

“Top Knot” – learn all six essential Boy Scout knots

“Top Knot +1” – learn all six Boy Scout knots plus an additional one

“Top Knot +2” – learn all six Boy Scout knots plus an additional two

“Topnotch Knot” – learn all six Boy Scout knots plus an additional three

 

What are the six essential knots?

 

  1. Square Knot

  2. Bowline

  3. Sheet Bend

  4. Clove Hitch

  5. Two Half Hitches

  6. Taught-line Hitch


What are the other knots I can learn to earn advanced knot honors?

Timber Hitch
Double Sheet bend
Sheepshank 
Round Turn & Two Half Hitches
Fisherman's knot
Slippery Sheet Bend
Bowline on a bight
Surgeon's knot

 

What do I need to do to earn one of the knot honors?

 

Demonstrate to the Scoutmaster that you can tie the knot from memory and that you know the knot’s common uses and limitations.