The design for this giant flagpole was sent to us by Rex Hendricksen of the 29th Cardiff Scout Group. They built it at a County competition some years ago and achieved a height of 56ft.


  • 3 x 5m (16ft) spars
  • 3 x 5m (16ft) light spars
  • 4 lashing lengths
  • 4 light lines
  • 4 long ropes for guys
  • 4 large pegs
  • Single pulley with appropriate light cord or halyard approx 30m (100ft) long


This flagpole is created by using a series of interlocking tripods with the 3 x 5m spars together at the bottom of the flagpole. At each join, put in a second tripod (figure of eight) lashing. This gives the structure greater rigidity than using sheer lashings and prevents the spars twisting.

Attach the pulley to the top, light spar and thread the halyard through.

Attach the guys to the flagpole.

Raise the pole and peg out the guys.

To download the complete plan and design document please Click Here

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