Tripods are useful camp gadgets by themselves, but they’re also the basis of many other helpful structures. It’s amazing how the finished effort is so much greater than the simple sum of the individual parts (three walking sticks and some cordage). When a patrol of, say, six young men work together, they can accomplish things that six individuals (working alone) could not do.
Had another great club night. After some dodgeball, we broke into small groups and the boys practiced clove hitches and lashing together tripods.
Tripods are an easy introduction into building wilderness gadgets and camping equipment from sticks, branches and some cordage brought from home.
Tripods can be used to construct wash racks, hammock hangers, slingshots, signal towers and camp entrance gates.
Tripod have a high utility for a number of reasons – they’re sturdy, lightweight, easy to assemble and can be adapted to a wide range of uses.
I like the fact that they have a parallel to verses in the Bible, too:
Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
Where the tripod gets strength and balance from having three poles to support weight and keep steady, a group of three…
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