What does Pioneering offer

The Pioneering SASU is a team of people who can offer support and skills for small or large Pioneering projects.

What is Pioneering? In Scouting, Pioneering is the skill of making structures using ropes and wooden poles/spars. The poles are joined by rope lashing / knots to make a finished structure. Common items that constructed vary from small camp gadgets (washstand, pot drainer) to much larger structures like gateways, bridges or towers. Pioneering is a very historical skill and its history can be traced all the way back to the start of the Scout movement.

The Pioneering SASU offers Scout Groups the opportunity to take part in large and small pioneering projects. There is a selection of poles and ropes available at the Drum Hill Camp Site. The instructors will encourage young people from all sections to work as a team on both indoor & outdoor projects with all the equipment provided at a location of your choice.

We can also run a session for Leaders to get them more confident with Pioneering projects and help learning different knots, lashing and rope handling skills. 

Example Projects
• Mini raft building with canes, pop bottles and string
• Catapults with broom handles, 5mm lashings and plastic bowls
• Larger projects including towers, gateways, bridges, trebuchets

For further information on the pioneering projects or to place a booking, please contact the team using the details below.

Be Prepared for Pioneering

To help you prepare for this activity, here is a short list of things you may need to bring/wear or prepare for, before you turn up for your activity:
• Scouting is an outdoor organisation. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for that time of year.
• List any safety items here (e.g. Long hair must be tied back while performing this activity).
• Good strong footwear (ideally boots) must be worn and must fully cover the foot. No opened toed shoes (Crocs, sandals, etc.).

Pioneering Location and Costs

We can travel to any venue, anywhere in the county. Costs for this activity varies depending on the number of people and the length of the session you request. Costs are calculated to recover the travel expenses and any consumable items.

Please contact us (see the link below) with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote. 

Contact and frequently asked questions

Question Answer
How can I arrange Pioneering for my section? How do I book this?

I'm afraid we currently do not have an on-line booking option for this activity.
Click here to contact the Pioneering team and ask them how to book a session.

How do I contact the Pioneering SASU to ask them any questions or ask how I can get involved? Click here to contact the Pioneering SASU
If you want to join the Pioneering team, then we will train you in skills and techniques so you can play a full part in our team. No previous experience necessary, you just need plenty of enthusiasm and energy!
I've got a technical question about Pioneering, who should I contact for advice and support? Click here to contact the County Pioneering advisor. They will be able to help you with any technical or Scouting related questions.
Where can I find out the current fact sheets and Scouting policies, relating to Pioneering? Pioneering is not classed as an activity by UK Scouting. Unfortunately, there is no single place we can point you to. 
However, Scouting UK still has lots of useful information.
Click here to find out how to successfully plan a Pioneering session. 
What is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Pioneering?

Pioneering does not have an NGB.

Events Pioneering Team supports

Peak Camp
Spring Bank Camp

Additional Information

No additional information is currently available for Pioneering activity. 

Paddy RileyPioneering Team

Sections supported

Adults / Leaders