September Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 1
Pockets (Webelos Communicator & Citizen)
Rocks are fun to collect, and these delightful creations are fun to give. Look for the best rocks that you can find, smooth, interestingly textured, shaped or colored, and get some glue paint, twine, eyes and other decorative materials.
Clean the rocks well. Choose a large rock for the basic body. Then either paint a face, picture or design on this rock and varnish, or choose smaller rocks to glue on as legs, head, eyes and ears. Paint and varnish. Pieces of yarn or string can be glued on for hair or tails.
When I think of "pockets," one of the first ideas that come to my mind is "collections." And there are so many positive things to be said for boys having collections. It teaches them to pay attention to something, to study something on their own initiative, to respect something (as in someone's property), and so much more. And top it all off with IT'S JUST PLAIN FUN!
So why not have the boys begin developing some collections of their own? Hey, how about stamps? Ever consider taking a field trip to your local Post Office and see what they have to offer? How about everyday collectibles, like rocks, leaves, insects, etc? You can get someone who collects things to come in and talk to the boys about what to collect and how.
Yeah, I know. It sounds like something for a group of kindergartners. But really, this works too. We've talked before about how difficult it is for people to speak in front of others so you know this helps them warm to the idea. And, believe it or not, this is also a fun thing to do. (I know, because I sat through just the same thing when my son was in Cub Scouts. The boys really enjoyed doing it and the parents and families that "came out to the program" thought it was really neat too. And as I recall, the parents had to bring in and talk about their collections, too.
All kinds of collections can be found in boys' pockets! Collecting is a very big part of every boy's life
Star Wars items
The list could go on and on. The Cub Scout program encourages collecting: Wolf trail: Achievement. 6. 'Start a Collection' Bear trail: Elective. 22. 'Collecting Things' Webelos: wood samples, insects, rocks and minerals.
You could take your den on field trips to special places to obtain information about collecting.
Other ideas for collecting: Take a hike with a purpose. If you can't collect the actual items, then bring along a camera to take pictures of the items. The pictures could be labeled and put inside an album.
Check your Boys' Life magazine - there are lots of suggestions for collections.
Internet - surf the net for suggestions on collections.
Collector's exhibits - family members - check out your attic or basement.
Have fun with collections - you never know when it might turn into a lifelong hobby or occupation.
Trapper Trails Council
Cut out a pocket from an old pair of jeans. Be sure to cut out the pocket and the fabric behind it so that you have a backside to your pocket. You could also use the pocket from an old shirt if you don't like the denim look. Decorate your pocket to follow a theme or fill it with goodies such as pencils, erasers, markers, etc., to start your little cubs out right for school time. You could also follow a Cub Scout theme and decorate your pocket with pins or awards that your cubs have earned in scouts. You could cut a little Cub Scout out of wood and let the boys paint them and put them in the pocket along with their temporary patches or other awards that they had received. Decorate your pocket with patches or buttons or just leave them plain and they also look cute. Put a handle out of ribbon or jute to hang your pocket from and you have something cute, original, and useful for each boy's room.
Week 1 - Let the boys cut out their pocket and put them aside. Let them paint the Cub Scout that you have cut out of wood. Let them be creative and create the Cub Scout to look like themselves. If you want the boys to put their names on the pocket with puff paint do it this week so that they will have time to dry over the next week along with their wooden cub scout figures.
Week 2 - Put the handle on the pocket and decorate the outside of the pocket if you wish with patches from various material scraps and glue on with thick craft glue and buttons or just leave them plain. Fill the pockets with their various awards or notes of encouragement from their den leader. This would also be a nice time to write the boys each a small note on how much you appreciate them and enjoy being their den leader and put in their pocket along with their wooden cub scout or school goodies and let them read it later at home.
Hobbyist often need a handy tote for carrying tools and small objects. You can make one similar to the on used by carpenters out of a pair of jeans that you don't wear any longer. Cut out the back of the pants and leave the belt strip with the snap or button attacked as shown. Fasten it around your waist so the pockets are in front. Hang hammer from belt loop.
Joseph Beardsley, Angwin, CA
Trapper Trails Council
A Carpenter's Apron Pockets: Wolf Achievement 5 "Tools for Fixing and Building." Plan a field trip to a hardware store to inspect the hand tools section and talk about the varieties and uses of the tools there. Find a carpenter's apron, which has all the pockets in it. Discuss what the worker carry's in each section and why he wants to wear all these tools right on him as he works.
Analyze what you have and separate it into some kind of order. Each boy has a turn talking about his best "pocket find."
Pocket Shrink Art
In the grocery store are many hard plastic containers. Most of them have a symbol in what type of plastic they are. (This symbol is found usually on the bottom in a triangle. Especially in the bakery section, watch for the 6 type of plastic. If you happen to buy something in this type of plastic, cut out the flat, clear parts and save it. This is shrink art plastic! Yes, you can buy it at craft stores, but that's no fun.
Besides, the boys only need pieces that are about 1" square. If you give him a 5" square, he'll do one thing right in the middle and it won't shrink as successfully, anyway.
1. Use "Sharpie" permanent marker pens to draw bugs, arrowheads. sport logos, their name in a shape, etc. Cut out the piece close to the picture. Hole-punch a hole in it if you want to.
2. Give each boy a 6" square of aluminum foil to place one cutout on. Place foil on a small cookie sheet. Put into a 250-degree oven or in a toaster oven set on "toast," Watch closely. Within seconds the piece of plastic will curl up and shrink. Then it will lay out flat again. Remove it from the oven. To flatten them even better, press down with the bottom of a drinking glass while it's hot.
3. Now make more things out of the scraps left over. How small can you make them and still see what it is? If you hole punch the item before baking, you can string them together. But the most fun is just putting your microscopic collection in your pocket. It's your very tiny treasure!
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