Rope spinning and the Empire

It has just occurred to me that in this skillset, rarely used in the UK, we see training for boys who might wish to take up the opportunity to work in the Colonies.

1932 2nd Cambridge

We have evidence of Cambridge Scouts emigrating and working on farms, but none of this skill being required. Harnessing the team for the plough is far removed from corraling the herd or the freeranging brumbies.

And it was fun, the ‘Western’ was a very popular genre at the flicks and we have records of one Cub who left preferring to play ‘Cowboys and Indians’.


  • Local History/ Scout Emigration Service
  • Activities/ Awards, Badges and Insignia/ Proficiency Badges


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