Knot-tying has long been a part of the Scouting program. It promotes discipline and focus, and it teaches useful skills that can be used immediately. Most people can tie just one knot (the “overhand”); many Scouts know more than a dozen!

Here are some of the more common knots that we work on.

Square Knot

The Square Knot is primarily used to join two lines of similar thickness and for tying medical bandages.

Two Half Hitches

The Two Half Hitch is the perfect knot for hanging a clothesline or hammock between two trees or posts.

Taut Line Hitch

Perfect for attaching the guy line of a tent to a peg or a post, this sliding loop is prized for its ability to adjust up or down, tighter or looser.


The bowline loop is the workhorse of knotsā€”it never slips, comes loose, or jams under strain.