The Boy Scout motto is never more meaningful than in a survival situation. On a campout, a hike or just a family outing, circumstances can change and the unplanned events can happen. On these types of occasions we generally have some kinds of survival gear with us. A pocket knife is a useful tool that many people carry. On these outings there is usually a first aid kit in the car or an individual usually carries a personal first aid kit in his pack. Waterproof matches and some tinder are easily included for a car trip or a hike. One item that is often overlooked is rope or line for tying knots or securing other gear.
The survival bracelet is the ideal way to have 6 to 8 feet of line with you that you may need in an emergency situation. There are several sites that can give you details on the construction of the bracelet, but the basic concept is reviewed here. The bracelet also provides a neat way to use some of the knots that are taught in Scouting.
Two different kinds of weaves are used in creating the bracelets for this article. The cobra weave is a bit more complicated that the other weave, but it allows the bracelet to have more than one color. The Sinnet braid is a simpler braid and probably gives you a longer piece of usable line, but in general limits the bracelet to a single color.
The featured bracelets also use different knots. One method uses a simple overhand knot in the design. The second technique uses either a figure eight on a bight or a lanyard knot. Some commented that the lanyard knot was difficult to learn. The figure eight on a bight is easy to tie and looks good.
The material used in both styles of bracelet is 550 para-cord (parachute cord). It is light weight, strong and easy to work with. It also has a smooth outside cover that won’t scratch or chafe the skin.
Once you are comfortable with the design, there are a lot of things you can do with the concept. There are instructions on making a bracelet with a quick release clasp on the ends; extend the bracelet and make a necklace or a dog collar; another variation makes a key chain lanyard; or a watchband.
This bracelet makes a great craft theme for den meetings, patrol meetings or just being creative on your own. Once they learn the technique, I think you will find the boys can be very creative.