Knot Program

The Troop 26 Knot Program is designed to encourage Scouts to learn common Scout Knots and have the ability to teach skills to other scouts as they demonstrate mastery by earning their Black Rope

Each scout will be given a White Rope when joining the troop and taught to tie the Carry knot. This will be used to attach the rope to a carabineer which will attach to their belt loop or directly to the scout’s pants/shorts. Scouts will be able to earn different colored ropes as he masters additional Knots, by demonstrating mastery through “Testing”

Display of the Rope

The rope is part of the scout uniform for troop 26.  It is to be worn at all times during scout activities.  Ropes should be tied using Carry Knot (learned with White Rope) and clipped to a carabineer hanging from the belt or directly attached to the scout’s pants/shorts.

Testing procedures

To advance to the next level, a scout must request to be tested by an assistant scout master, or the knot instructor. (The Scout must have earned the Black Rope to be eligible to be a Knot Instructor).

For each level the scout must be able to tie all required knots within two attempts, and describe the use of the knot tied. If all knots for the level are successfully tied the Scout will earn the appropriate color Rope.


As part of the Troop 26 Knot Program designated challenge events will be held. During these events any scout can be challenged by a scout at the same color rope or above to tie any knot from his level.

Scouts having earned their black rope can be challenged by other scouts who have earned their black rope. They can be challenged to tie any of the knots from any level or any knot that has been “added” by a scout earning their black knot.

During the Challenge an Assistant Scout Master or Knot Instructor must be present to act as Judge

  • The challenger names the knot to be tied by the Challenged Scout
  • The challenged scout has up to two opportunities to tie the knot.
  • The judge will inspect the knot and decide if it was tied correctly.
  • If the challenged scout fails to tie the knot correctly, his rope will be replaced with the next rope color below his current level.
  • The challenger must also be able to tie the knot and steps 3 and 4 are followed for the challenger as well.

At the next opportunity for testing, a scout who failed a challenge may re-test for the level of Rope that he lost during the challenge.

Troop 26 Knot Instructor Program

A scout must master all knots in each of the levels and successfully earn his Black Rope to be eligible to be a Troop 26 Knot Instructor. A Knot challenge will be help of all black rope scouts to determine the Master Knotter this scout will become the knot instructor for the troop. This is a leadership position and may be eligible to change every six months.

Responsibilities of Knot instructors

  • Lead skill instructions, teach and demonstrate knots to scouts working on lower levels.
  • Sign off on Scouts demonstrating knots for advancement (through 1st class).*
  • Test scouts wishing to advance to next level of colored rope
  • Lead Challenge events and serve as judges for challenges. Challenge events should be scheduled at least monthly in coordination with PLC.

A scout who has successfully earned 1st class and his Red rope or higher may sign off on the scouts demonstrating their required knots for advancement to first class (with a Scout Master Present).

*All Scouts earning the black rope may sign off Knots required for advancement through first class.

Only the Troop 26 Knot Instructor or assistant scout masters may test scouts for advancement within Knot Program.

Please find below the list of the different levels for knot advancement and the knots required for that level.

Troop 26 Knot Advancement

You can also find information and demonstrations on tying the knots list above and other knots as well.

Merit Knots

Animated Knots

IHM Catholic Church, High Point, NC