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How to Build a Flagpole For Your Camp

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Show your colors by building a flagpole for your camp. It’s easy if you have the pioneering skills.


  • Two 15 to 20-foot spars about 4 inches in diameter
  • Four anchors
  • Mallet
  • Rope
  • Flag


Step One: Choose a spot for your flagpole, and lay both spars along the ground parallel with each other, with about a 4-5-foot overlap. The thickest, heaviest end of the biggest spar should be the bottom of the pole. The smallest spar will be the top of the pole.

Attach the two spars to each other by tying a clove hitch near the bottom of the smallest spar, and then wrapping the rope around both spars as tight as you can 15-20 times, then ending with a clove hitch around both spars. This is a round lashing.

Repeat the process at the top of the biggest spar.

Step Two: Attach two lengths of rope to the middle section of both spars with a lark’s head knot. These are the ropes that will hold your pole up.

Step Three: Attach a flag to your pole with a series of square knots. Raise your pole and lay the attached ropes out in a perimeter around the pole. Install anchors into the ground with the mallet at the bottom of each rope.

Step Four: Attach ropes to anchors with a taut-line hitch.

Step Five: Step back and salute the flag.

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