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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…

The Pack will provide you with:

  1. 5′ tall, straight, and sturdy wooden hiking stick.
  2. 10′ of paracord to wrap a weather-resistant handle and wrist wrap.
  3. 3′ leather cord to create a monkey’s paw knot + one marble.
  4. 10 color beads: red + black for Ellsworth Elementary school colors and the colors of your rank when you receive your hiking stick.
  5. 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:

STEP 1 | Tie a clove hitch with your paracord: You have 10 feet of cord to work with, so straighten out the full length and drape one end of the cord over the top of your hiking stick. While creating this knot, you will only be working with this same end of the cord — leave the other end 10 feet away from you.

STEP 2 | Wrap this same end of the cord underneath the stick to form a partial loop.

STEP 3 | Bring this same end of the cord back over the top of the stick to cross over the top of the cord forming an “X” shape.

STEP 4 | Loop this same end of the cord (remember: leave the other end 10 feet away from you!) back under the stick and line it up to thread back under your “X” shape”

STEP 5 | Thread the same end of the cord underneath the “X” shape.

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.

STEP 6 | Tighten the clove hitch knot: Continue pulling the same end of the cord through the “X” shape and the knot will tighten down around the stick.

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!

STEP 7 | Wrap your handle: We don’t want our clove hitch to easily loosen, so taking the other end of the rope (the end that has been 10 feet away from you so far) and continue tightly wrapping it down the length of the stick being sure not to overlap each loop.

STEP 8 | Stop the handle: when you are near the end of your cord, form a second clove hitch (remember you just have to work with a single end of the rope to tie the knot) leaving a tail of a few inches. You may need to try this a few times to get a good length.

STEP 9 | Form a wrist loop: Take the end of each “tail” from your two clove hitches and tie them together with a square knot. This will provide you will a loop to secure around your wrist while you are grasping the handle while hiking. This will help keep the stick at the read as the path gets rough.

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.

Your first hiking stick from Pack 99!

Now, grab your hiking stick and head outside to explore the “real world”!

To more adventure!
Matthew T. Dearing
Cubmaster, Pack 99

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