Bucking Bronco


  • 4 x old car tyres
  • 2 spars a little longer that twice the diameter of a tyre
  • 2 x 1m (3ft) spars
  • Sacking
  • 4 x long ropes
  • Lashing lengths to tie tyres together


Place 2 tyres on the ground to make a figure 8 and tie them together where they touch.

Repeat with the other 2 tyres.

Place one pair on top of the other and tie them together.

Use the 4 spars to make a closely fitting frame around the tyres – see diagram.

Tie a length of rope to the front of the frame to form reins.

Tie the ropes to the four corners of the frame.

Pad the saddle between the tyres with sacking and tie it on.

Tie off the ropes to four convenient trees at such a height that they will keep the bronco off the ground when a Scout sits on it.

Place some crash mats underneath or have an adult standing either side to catch a falling Scout.

While one Scout rides the Bronco, another can pull gently on the ropes to make the ride more interesting.

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