How to Create your First Hiking Stick
Hiking is an integral part of Scouting adventures. As a Cub Scout, it is time to learn the core elements of safe and prepared hiking and get your first experiences to break in your hiking shoes.
While we will always stay on the path with the Pack and have a plan of where we are going while hiking, sometimes the path will be a little rough. A hiking stick is an important tool to use to keep you steady and conserve energy along the way.
Pack 99 Scouts will receive a “starter kit” to create your own hiking stick to use for all of your outdoor adventures. The stick is a blank palette for you to continue to decorate and add memorabilia to while you are a Scout.
How to get started with your first hiking stick…
- 5′ tall, straight, and sturdy wooden hiking stick.
- 10′ of paracord to wrap a weather-resistant handle and wrist wrap.
- 3′ leather cord to create a monkey’s paw knot + one marble.
- 10 color beads: red + black for Ellsworth Elementary school colors and the colors of your rank when you receive your hiking stick.
- Twine and aa red or black eagle’s claw representing being a Cub Scout while an Ellsworth Elementary Eagle.
Now, let’s create your hiking stick:
Tip: You will want to leave a little length as a “tail” on this end of the cord. So, before the next step of tightening the knot, adjust the length by shifting the cord through this knot pattern, if needed, to have a tail of a few inches.
Notice why this is such a great knot: you only have to work with one end of the rope, it tightens down snug, and it can easily be loosened and removed if needed! Keep this one in your knot skills for all your Scouting adventures!
Complete your Pack 99 walking stick by adorning it with your eagle’s claw, school and rank color beads, and leather monkey’s paw. You are encouraged to continue decorating and personalizing your hiking stick throughout your Scouting adventures by adding new items discovered during your experiences, carving patterns (once you earned your Totin’ Chip), and painting your stick with patterns or words.
Now, grab your hiking stick and head outside to explore the “real world”!
To more adventure!
Matthew T. Dearing
Cubmaster, Pack 99