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My son asked me to build a bridge for their Cub Scout Pack to use for their crossover ceremony. This is the end result. The Emerald Ash Bore had killed all of the ash trees on my sisters property so I found a sawyer with a portable mill to come to the location and cut some wood for me. This is my first major project using the wood. Each plank has one of the Boy Scout Laws routed into the surface which I then painted black. During the crossover ceremony the older Boy Scouts "build" the bridge by describing each law then laying the plank onto the arched platform. The Cub Scouts are then invited to cross the bridge by the Soutmaster. My son wanted the bridge to be easily assembled and disassembled so I turned some large wooden bolts (close up in photo 5) to lock in the railing supports and also hold the railing onto the uprights.
The woods in the background are where the ash trees originally stood. I also made the easel to hold the planks prior to the building of the bridge.

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Wonderful idea and great execution. That's a lucky Cub Scout troop!
 

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Very nicely done project and a great ceremony for the boys. I'm sure they will never forget it.
 

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Very nice project!! Its interesting to see how different troops do the crossover ceremony. My troop used to build an A-frame rope bridge that the boys would walk accross. This looks like it would take much less set up before the ceremony and is definitely a lot safer. =)
 

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Nice Project, I built a similar bridge some years ago for our pack, but without the writing on the bridge treads.
 

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I realize this is a fairly old thread but… I was wondering if you used a set of plans for this, if so where might they be found? If not then perhaps some pics of the internal structure if you have them. I am in the process of building one for our local pack and the pack leader really likes this one.
 

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Nice built. Just wanted to say thanks. I built one by looking at your project. I have only one handrail. This also serves to place the 12 candles. Also since ours gets stored in a basement I made it so it can break down in two pieces 48+ 48. The handrail Folds also. I put a piano hinge in the center of the handrail. Troop 102 Bronx NY
 
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