Had another great club night. After some dodgeball, we broke into small groups and the boys practiced clove hitches and lashing together tripods.
Tripods are an easy introduction into building wilderness gadgets and camping equipment from sticks, branches and some cordage brought from home.
Tripods can be used to construct wash racks, hammock hangers, slingshots, signal towers and camp entrance gates.
Tripod have a high utility for a number of reasons – they’re sturdy, lightweight, easy to assemble and can be adapted to a wide range of uses.
I like the fact that they have a parallel to verses in the Bible, too:
Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”
Where the tripod gets strength and balance from having three poles to support weight and keep steady, a group of three people can hold each other accountable to do the right thing and resist evil temptations. If we tried to get through life all alone, all the time, we’d have a hard time sticking to the right path, but with good friends it’s made easier.
Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
While we have personal (individual) relationships with God, we’re also encouraged to get together with other Christians to worship and fellowship. We know that when we get together God will be there and make the time productive for His Glory and Purposes. Just like an individual walking stick is helpful to the individual hiker/camper, putting the sticks together accomplishes different purposes that couldn’t be done apart (there’s something more accomplished when lashing three poles together that three unconnected sticks couldn’t do on their own).
So what did we do with our tripods to finish the evening? We made “Weather Rocks” (or in this case “Weather Blocks” as we substituted blocks of wood for the more traditional rock).
To make a weather rock for your home, you start with a tripod, and then hang a plumb line from the top. Near the ground, tie a large rock to the plumb line so that it can sway in the breeze.
When done, it ought to look like this:
Often we add a plaque or sign to explain how to interpret the weather rock:
- If the rock is wet, it’s raining.
- If the rock is swinging, the wind is blowing.
- If the rock casts a shadow, the sun is shining.
- If the rock does not cast a shadow and is not wet, the sky is cloudy.
- If the rock is not visible, it is foggy.
- If the rock is white, it is snowing.
- If the rock is coated with ice, there is a frost.
- If the ice is thick, it’s a heavy frost.
- If the rock is bouncing, there is an earthquake.
- If the rock is under water, there is a flood.
- If the rock is warm, it is sunny.
- If the rock is missing, there was a tornado.
- If the rock is wet and swinging violently, there is a hurricane.
- If the rock has white splats on it, watch out for birds.
The boys had a lot of fun learning about the benefits of lashing tripods for building cool outdoor gear.
Next week we are NOT meeting due to President’s Day Holiday.