I had the good fortune of meeting a man that worked on a tugboat (you would be surprised who you meet on top of a mountain in central Pennsylvania). He was gracious enough to give me a 100' length of rope that was retired from a tug boat. He wife was so happy to get it out of the house she loaded it into her minivan and drove it to me.
I was hosting a camporee and devised the 'Big Knot Challenge' as one of the stops. I stretched the rope out in a straight line and left it laying on the ground. When a patrol would arrive the patrol leader was instructed to have each member of the patrol take a place along the rope and get ahold. The PL was not allowed to touch the rope and the others were not allowed to talk, only the PL was permitted to speak. If a patrol member left go of the rope for any reason they were not permitted to pick it back up.
The patrol being ready the clock was started, they were timed to see how fast they could tie a bowline (for Scouts) or a Square/reef for the Webelos.
It went over so big that we had people continue to do it long after the events were done for the day.
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