Thursday, March 15, 2012



Marlinspike Skills

Marlinspike Skills is a supplemental training course
for adult Boy Scout leaders who are interested in
learning more about knot tying. The course is held at Camp
Belzer in the Crossroads of America Council in the
Indianapolis Indiana area; but is open to all registered Scouters.
In 2009, we had 39 Scouters from 9 councils and 7 states.

The Marlinspike Skills class is based on learning
how to tie many decorative knots along with a few
practical knots. You will also learn some great
teaching aids to use with your Scouts.

This course starts on Friday evening and is completed on Sunday
afternoon. The course is usually held the first weekend in March.

The cost of the course covers all the material that you
use and take home with you, cracker-barrel on Friday
and Saturday nights, three meals on Saturday and two
meals on Sunday. Snacks and the usual Scout drinks are
available at all times. You also receive a handout with
detailed instructions for all the knots. Staff and learners
stay in heated cabins in the camp.

The class is taught by Scouters who are experienced
instructors and seasoned knot tyers. Learners benefit
from the one to three teacher to student ratio and
hands on instruction.

The classes are small, 15 learners.
This is an unusual course in that class A uniforms
are not allowed, the dress is class B or C. There are
no ceremonies except the graduation. Music is
always on and we have real spare time at which you
are welcome to enjoy the staff displays and library,
practice what you have learned, take a hike or
whatever you wish.


This year we were at beautiful Camp K. Friday it stormed, Saturday was sunny and warm and Sunday it snowed. Welcome to Indiana.


We teach the new kids 28 knots, mostly decorative in nature.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


The second year kids learn a few more knots and then they are taught how to make different projects such as key fobs, bell ropes and knife lanyards.


The MSIII class makes a small ditty bag and learns the Pineapple Knot.