Volume 6 Issue 9
April 2000


Woodland Slide
Miami Valley Council

Find a fallen branch with a 1 1/2 to 2" diameter. The wood should not be rotten or so old that the bark is peeling. Cut sections about 1/2" thick (many slides can be made from one stick)

Pick leaves small enough to fit on the piece of wood. New, smaller leaves at the end of branches are best.

The leaves must be dried. Place them flat between two sheets of paper and put a large book on top. Allow them to dry for 3 or 4 days.

Sand the cut end of the branch smooth. Then stain it or leave it natural. Fasten a wood, metal or leather loop to the back with strong glue.

Glue the leaf on the wood with white glue. When it is dry, coat the entire slide with clear varnish.


Sliced Slides
York Adams Council

Materials: Standard slide materials (except no backing needed), 1 to 1-1/2 inch diameter tree branch that's already dead and dry, and that isn't rotten, Sandpaper Polyurethane and sponge "paint brushes"

Precut 3/8- to 1/2-inch think "slanted" slices of the branch. Give each boy a slice and sandpaper to smooth off the cut surface. (If bark is in tact, that's good; otherwise, they should peel that off also.) Polyurethane the front surface of the slice. Attach slide ring.


Fire Safety Tie Slide
Mt Diablo Silverado Council

Popsicle stick or tongue depressor
Plaster of paris
red paint
leather strip

Mix the plaster of paris until it is a thick consistency. Dip the stick into the mixture. Be sure that just the tip of the stick is covered. Let the plaster dry - it should dry quickly. Paint the plaster red except for the tip. It should resemble a wooden match. Write on the stick "Fire Safety" or something similar. Attach the piece of leather with glue for a loop for the neckerchief.

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