Life-Line Throwing Contest




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bulletPractice in coiling and throwing a life line 
bullet Patrols compete
bulletPreparation before meeting and in PLC 
bullet PLs chalk targets and prepare life lines

Advance Preparation

Patrol Leaders are shown how to coil and throw a life line and how to play the game at a PLC. The life line may be made by joining short lines (about 6 feet long), which most Troops provide for each Scout. Patrol life lines must all be the same length.

Patrol Leaders arrive at the Troop Meeting early and mark out a figure with chalk on the floor. The head is 1 foot in diameter, the arms are 2 feet long. As Patrol members arrive, they take turns practicing coiling the line and throwing it at the target in preparation for the game which is to be played later in the evening.

The Game

The Patrols go to their Patrol corners where members take turns coiling the line and throwing it at the target. The game is over when one Patrol has scored a specified number of points - 25 more or less, depending on the time available. It adds to the fun to have Patrols call out their scores as they play.


Every player needs practice in throwing a knotted line. Slip the small bowline over the left wrist and lay up the line, coil upon coil, into the right hand, then throw with the right hand, using an underhand toss.

The game succeeds better with a single long line, though few Troops can provide one for each Patrol.

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