December Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 7, Issue 4
Tiger Big Ideas 7 & 8

What Do You Do at Holiday Time (Webelos Craftsman & Scientist)




What parent or grandparent doesn't like to receive homemade presents from their child or grandchild? They love to see the child's face just beaming with pride when the present's pretty wrapping is finally removed! Try these very useful gifts made with our feathered friends in mind.

Super Screen Suet Birdfeeder

Use a rectangle of wire window screening (6X12 inches). Wear heavy cotton gloves, and use needle-nosed pliers to crimp back the loose wire edges (so they won't poke the birds or snag their feathers). Fold it in half with two string hangers through the corners on each side. These will be used to hang the feeder. Insert a suet/birdseed cake from the store, or make a "cake" of oatmeal, birdseed, and peanut butter. Suet birdseed will attract cardinals, jays, robins, and sparrows.

Log Bird Feeder

Using a short log (about 6 inches in diameter and 12 inches long), drill several holes 1-2 inches in diameter. Next drill 1/2-inch holes underneath the larger holes and insert dowels for the birds to perch. Add eye screws at the top of the log for hanging. Fill the larger holes with suet, and watch the birds come to the feast!

Northwest Suburban Council

Craftsman Activity Badge

Webelos Scouts who have spent a year or two in a Cub Scout den before coming into the Webelos den will have had some experience with craft work. Chances are they will have already worked with simple woodworking tools. But most of them probably have not done much in leather or tin craft. This is an excellent opportunity for a boy to gain some knowledge in these skills.

To earn the badge, the boy must complete 10 craft projects. There is no way these can all be completed at den meetings, so here is a chance to involve the parents. Have the boys secure help from their fathers at home. You can also enlist the help of the fathers in furnishing tools to be used during the den meeting.

Den Activities
Northwest Suburban Council

1. List tools needed to complete badge.

2. Visit furniture factory, lumber mill or lumberyard.

3. Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer. Tandy Leather is always willing to help Cub Scouts.

4. Invite an expert to give a demonstration on the proper care and use of tools.

5. Make a den knot board.

6. Tie in with scholar and discuss how education will help in doing crafts and working on the job.

7. Make a tool chest or bench hook for sawing.

8. Select projects to work on (See Boys' Life Reprints "Craftsman Activity Badge #26-057" and "Fun with Tools" #BL-25, Crafts for Cub Scouts; Webelos Scout handbook)

9. Have a birdhouse building contest or select another project.

10. Invite someone to give a demonstration on the safe use of tools.

11. Have a "straight" nail-driving contest.

Pack Activities
Northwest Suburban Council

Exhibit: Tool display; wood, leather and tin craft work by boys

Demonstrations for Pack Meeting

1. How to use the coping saw, bench fork or V-board and C-clamp.

2. How to nail, toenail, clinch a nail, and use a block to pull a nail.

3. How to drill a hole for inside cutting with coping saw.

4. How to use a pocketknife - care, safety measures, sharpening, whittling.

5. How to nail a butt joint.

6. How to apply finish - crayons, tempera, wax paint, enamel, shellac.

7. How to make a bench hook and how it is used.

8. Proper use of wood tools, leather tooling, aluminum-tooling

Words Of Wisdom
Northwest Suburban Council

What follows is borrowed wisdom from years past. When working with the boys on their projects, you need P, P, P.

Patience - Some boys require a high degree of patience. Stick with it and be rewarded. Enlist the help of the assistant den leader, den chief, and fathers. Do not do it all alone.

Preparation - Have all tools laid out before the den meeting starts. Build a sample of the item and make note of the steps that are required. Be prepared to help boys individually in these areas. Show them the sample to give them an idea of what the finished product will be like.

Perseverance - Insist that the boys finish the items they begin. This is very important. If necessary, work individually with them outside den meetings or enlist the help of others. Do not use a project which the boys cannot complete within a reasonable length of time. Watch for signs of discouragement and help the boys who seem to be having trouble.

Learning how to care for and sharpen tools is an important in doing any kind of handicraft, but boys want to make things. The Craftsman Activity Badge requires that a Webelos Scout make at least eight different

Tin Can Lanterns
Northwest Suburban Council

In Mexico people often light their houses at Christmas with simple tin lanterns. They're decorated with lacy patterns of punched holes. Candlelight glowing through the holes creates dozens of flickering stars.

Use tin cans or aluminum funnels. The tin is easily pierced with a hammer and nail if you first freeze water in it. The funnels are sturdier and won't need frozen water.

Make a paper pattern which will fit around the can. Draw designs on the paper to follow as you punch the holes in the can.

Lay the can of frozen water on a towel. Wrap pattern around can and tape it down. Hammer evenly spaced nail holes through the lines of the pattern.

In each punched can place a small candle and holder. Votive candles in glass jars work well. Place the funnel upside down, over the top.


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