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Build a Scout Law Ladder

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This folding Scout Law ladder can be displayed at meetings, outings or any other Scouting events.


What You’ll Need

  • A wooden ladder about 7′ or 8′ tall
  • 13 wooden boards
  • Saw
  • Paint for each board and the ladder
  • Paint, tape, sticks, stencils, letters cut from thin wood or stick-on letters to create the Scout Law words
  • Different-sized paint brushes for painting the ladder, boards and letters
  • 52 finishing nails or wood screws to attach the boards to the ladder
  • Hammer or screwdriver

What You’ll Do

ladder-1Step 1: Cut the boards to length, using a crosscut saw to cut across the grain and a rip saw to cut with the grain. Each board should be long enough to span the width of the ladder, but they can be different widths and lengths. Make sure all 13 boards will fit on the ladder from top to bottom.

ladder-2Step 2: Paint the ladder and boards.

ladder-3Step 3: Choose a method for making the words on each board.

ladder-4Step 4: Attach the completed boards to the ladder. If you use screws to attach the boards to the ladder, always predrill the screw holes so you won’t split the wood.

Your Scout Law ladder is now ready for display.

One Oath, One Law

Beginning in June 2015, all Scouts — including Cub Scouts and Venturers — are using the Scout Law and Scout Oath.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

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16 Comments on Build a Scout Law Ladder

  1. For someone who has made this…what were the sizes of your boards that state the Law?

  2. Rajul sahu // March 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm // Reply

    This is great idea. I like this.

  3. I think I’ll make this for our Scout hut, but instead of a ladder or tripod, connect it all with rope so we can roll it up and take it with us when needed.

  4. Paints on Ladders // August 21, 2015 at 2:03 am // Reply

    Top post, really helpful, im doing this job at home this weekend.

  5. I really like this idea. Something like this would be great for teaching the new scouts the law. I’m going to ask my scoutmaster if I can make this for my troop.

  6. Shark Shorts // July 12, 2015 at 11:50 am // Reply

    I really like this ladder idea. I think this would help new scouts to learn the scout law. I’m going to ask my scoutmaster if I could build this for my Troop.

  7. I love the idea.
    I’ll have to make it.

  8. octodaddy98 // April 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm // Reply


  9. Great idea!

  10. Herman Munster // April 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm // Reply

    Nice – I might do it with foldable tripod lashings and reverse the order, so that the boy climbs the ladder in the recited order. This might help my more kinesthetic Cubs learn the “new” Law.

  11. This is actually a great idea for a camp project that is easily transportable.

  12. i like this. It would be a good display for cub scouts just learning the Scout Law. I wonder about putting the Scout Oath on the other side.

  13. Grumpy Old Man // April 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm // Reply

    It might be less expensive to make a folding tripod of 2×2’s. Drill holes and use small rope to position the legs apart. I use them for holding 2ft x 3ft chalk boards and dry erase boards .

  14. Good

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