Introduction: Monkey Bridge (The Real Deal)

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The well-known, time-tested, traditional Monkey Bridge is perhaps the most familiar of all Scout pioneering projects. It’s frequently featured at Scout Expos, Camporees, Scout Camps, and is often a central attraction at public gatherings where Scouting is represented.

Using a double A-frame to build a monkey bridge is a departure from the usual X-frame that supports the foot rope and hand ropes. This new method has two distinct advantages over the X- frame version.

First, the double A-frame provides a wider base making it less likely to tip over. The second advantage is that the positions of the A-frames can be adjusted so the span between the hand ropes can be narrowed for better balance as you make the crossing.

Here's a detailed, step by step procedure and list of materials.

Step 1: Building A-Frames

Scouts lash together two 8ʼ spars and one 6ʼ spar to form four A-Frames.

Step 2: Doubling the A-Frames

Two A-Frames are joined together to form each side of the bridge.

Step 3: Position the A-Frames

The Double A-Frames are held up in the proper positions and at the right distance.

Step 4: Attach Foot Rope and Hand Ropes

Two Hand Ropes and one Foot Rope are tied on and anchored at either end.

Step 5: Attach the Spanner Ropes

Spanner Ropes are added to the Hand Ropes and Foot Ropes.

Step 6: The Monkey Bridge Is Tested

The Monkey Bridge is tested and adjustments are made as necessary.