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Pioneering involves lashing together lengths
of wood with rope, string or rubber bands, to make shelters,
structures or gadgets. Pioneering can also be on a larger scale,
where pioneering poles are used to build structures like bridges.
This traditional guiding activity encourages teamwork, imagination
and problem solving. This activity can be carried out almost
Open to all.
Ratio of adults to
Normal ratios for activities away from the
meeting place are required. Guiding
- If leaving the meeting place for pioneering
activities, The Leader must ensure that all participants under the
age of 18 have written permission to take part from an adult with
- The local Commissioner must be informed that
the activity is taking place.
- Carry out a
risk assessment for the aspects of the activity for which you
The leader of the activity must have a
competent understanding of pioneering techniques and must fully
check structures such as bridges and camp gadgets before they are
used by participants.
For younger girls, rubber bands and short
garden canes can be used for this activity.
Try this activity
Farm (Sussex), Broneirion
(Powys), Foxlease (Hampshire),
Lorne (Belfast), Netherurd (Peeblesshire)
or Waddow (Lancashire).
Page last updated: 2/6/2014