Pioneering Catapults

Materials:
        Nine staves (wooden poles)
        Binder twine for basket of thrower assembly and lashings
        Catapult diagram and instruction sheet (provided by each patrol)
        Boy Scout handbook

Preparation:

1. Plan about 2.5 hours to complete and test your catapult.
2. The patrol leaders will be responsible for their patrol and the construction of the catapults.
3.
Lashings that you may need to know for this activity are found in chapter 5 of the Boy Scout handbook.  Lashings you may need to use include the square, shear, diagonal, round, and tripod lashings.

General rules:

1.
The water supply area and materials area are neutral ground.
2.
During the building and development phase of the catapult, each patrol will be allowed a maximum of 5 test shots.
3.
The catapults can be moved to fire on other patrols but it must remain behind the established battle lines.
4.
Patrol members may not charge forward.  They must stay to the immediate side and rear of their own catapult.
5.
Rounds CANNOT be thrown by hand.
6.
Adult leaders will act as referees.
7.
Rounds can be fired singly or as group shots.
8.
If your catapult breakdowns during the shootout, all repairs must be made under fire.  There will be no ceasefires!!!
9.
The general will start and end the shutout.

Sample Diagram:
        Use these as only a guide.  You may want to modify these diagram.


 

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