So what is pioneering? Perhaps it’s best to show some examples. Building rafts out of wooden poles and plastic barrels is pioneering, and requires good knotting skills if you’re not going to sink! The Scouts and Explorers at our recent group camp built these ones (see here), but the Cubs certainly enjoyed having a go on them.
The Cubs themselves built bridges (big sticks, but no knots!)
and then last week started learning how to build with knots (so they can build the rafts next time).
Here’s a nifty washstand and a flag pole (and they’re almost staying up by themselves!)