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Press play and go: top of the table

Practise your table lashing skills and produce a perfect camp table for your peckish pioneers!
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • 14 lengths of rope suitable for lashing
  • 5 long spars for top support, seat and tabletop
  • 4 medium spars for A-frames
  • 2 small spars for A-frame bases
  • Planks or spars for tabletop (to fit)
Script for leaders (Top of the table)
PDF – 79.3KB
Assembly instructions
PDF – 508.6KB

Start the meeting

You’ve probably developed your own routines to start online Scout meetings, but here are some ideas:

  • It’s a good idea to start with something familiar to help everyone get into the Scouts mindset and to reassure them that it’s still Scouts – it just looks a little different right now. This may mean an innovative flag break, for example.
  • Why not give everyone the chance to chat to their friends? Online meetings don’t always give people to chance to reconnect; giving everyone the chance to catch up at the start helps everyone get engaged and makes it more likely that they’ll feel comfortable speaking up throughout the session. Ask everyone to tell you something good about their week or answer a question like ‘what’s your favourite part of camp?’. Don’t forget to use the mute button so everyone can hear the person speaking.
  • You could get stuck into a quiz or focusing game to capture everyone’s attention and help them focus on the activity. You could try Who do you think Scouts are?

Do the activity

It’s up to you whether you play the video where Maya talks everyone through each step or whether you play the video without a presenter. We’ve included some ideas for what you could say if you decide to present it yourself.

Whichever video you choose, feel free to pause the video as often as you need to let everyone catch up, share their skills, or help each other problem solve.

Don’t worry if people find it tricky to follow the spoken instructions – most people will probably rely on the video to guide them through each lashing.

If you'd like to make this video full screen on a desktop, double click on the video once you have pressed play.

If you would like to download this video, or play it full screen on mobile, you can watch the video directly on Vimeo.

If you would like to see the video without the presenter, this is also available on our Vimeo.

Reflection

You probably have your own ways of reflecting and ending meetings and you can borrow questions and ideas from the original activity too.

In this activity, people had the chance to make their own mini pioneering table, developing their problem solving skills along the way. Think about whether your reflections help young people understand what they’ve learned during the activity. The whole point of reflecting is that it helps everyone think about what they’ve learned and how they could apply it to other situations in future.

Are people comfortable sharing their ideas during the reflection? No one should feel put on the spot or forced to talk, but it’s good to give everyone a chance to have their say. You may want to revisit how you start your meetings to get everyone used to speaking up.

It’s worth giving people the chance to share what they’ve created during the reflection. It’s always nice to see what everyone’s made, but sharing their work will also help them describe the activity in their own way and make it more memorable.  

It’s also useful to chat about how people could take it further. You could think about how people could build on what they’ve learned or set them a simple, creative challenge before your next session. For this activity, you could think about when else people may need to try, try again to solve a tricky problem. You could also think about other times that knowing knots and lashings may be helpful. If you set a challenge, don’t forget to check in when you next meet.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Poles and long objects

Be careful when moving poles or long items. Take care if the ends are sharp. Have appropriate supervision for this activity.

Heavy and awkward objects

Don’t lift or move heavy or awkward items without help. Break them down into smaller parts if possible.

Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.