This is probably my all-time favorite Scouting game! The heaving bar is a race to throw rope over the bar, secure it to a peg driven into the ground with a clove hitch, tie a log to the other end of the rope with a timber hitch and then lift the log off the ground by taking up the slack in the rope with a sheepshank.
The heaving bar is an event in the biennial Paul Bunyan Field Day at our summer camp (Camp Horseshoe). The cheering is deafening as four Scouts at a time compete, it’s a great opportunity for a skilled Scout to demonstrate his prowess with knots.
If you practice your knots and tie them quickly it’s possible to complete the race in under ten seconds. I have known a few expert competitors who can actually do this blindfolded!
This Scouting game has a practical side too: is great practice in properly coiling then accurately throwing a rope, and two First Class required knots (the clove and timber hitches).
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