3. Knot Tying
In this essential test, teams get a four-foot section of rope and instructions to tie a square knot, clove hitch, and bowline.
So much for a blowout. The Scouts whip out all three knots before Team BACKPACKER can even agree on what a square knot looks like. "Not my strength," confesses Louis. Readers: 2, Scouts: 1
By the Book
If you can remember one knot, make it the bowline. It’s easy to tie, and doesn’t slip or jam under tension. To tie one, use the old mnemonic: The rabbit comes out of the hole, goes around the tree, and back down the hole.