February Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 7
Man's Best Friend
Webelos Athlete & Engineer
Tiger Big Ideas 12 & 13
have a natural interest in how things work.
The Engineer Activity Badge gives an introduction to how the big
things in our lives work, such as things that we take for granted in our
houses and our communities. Engineer is in the Technology group. One of the great things about being a Webelos den leader is
the opportunity to learn many things right along with the boys.
Unless you are an engineer, there may be some knowledge to pick up
with this activity badge to pass along to your boys.
If one of the Webelos Scout’s parents is an engineer, recruit their
help for this badge.
of the purposes of Cub Scouting is “fostering a sense of personal
achievement by developing new interest and skills” in boys.
The Engineer Activity badge probably does this more than any of the
other activity areas. Engineering is one of the most exacting of the professions
and the badge includes projects, which will give a boy an insight into some
types of engineering. Keep in
mind that an engineer’s job is to apply the laws of physics and chemistry
to the solutions of problems in construction, industry, and other areas.
To introduce Webelos to a variety
of engineering careers.
To give the Webelos some insight
into the kinds of problems engineers solve. Keep in mind that an engineer’s job is to apply the laws of
physics and chemistry to solve a variety of problems in construction,
manufacturing, and other areas.
To Go And What To Do
Measure the dimensions of your
meeting place and include the location of doors and windows.
Show how to sketch a simple floor plan with these measurements.
Make a block and tackle and
demonstrate its use.
Make catapults and have a contest.
Demonstrate for the pack meeting.
Have a resource person demonstrate
the use of drafting tools.
Invite an engineer (of whatever
kind) to a den meeting to tell about his job.
Invite a surveyor to tell about
his job and tools.
Visit a construction site with a
contractor. Ask him to explain
the use of blue prints and the order of construction.
Have someone explain how to read
Find pictures of different bridges
and discuss the differences in their construction.
and Tackle Experiment
simple apparatus shows how block and tackle increases power.
You need two lengths of broomstick and a length of clothesline.
Fasten one end of the line to one of the sticks.
Wrap line loosely around both sticks as shown.
Have two of your biggest den members grasp the sticks and try to keep
them apart while the smallest den member pulls on the line.
He should be able to pull the sticks together no matter how the
others try to keep them apart.
a ruler and an eraser or other soft projectile.
Have a boy strike the short end of the ruler.
How far did the projectile go? Now
have him try it with half the ruler over the edge and hit it with the same
force. Is there a difference in the distance? Why?
A flat surface over two supports _____________________
A flat surface over three or more supports__________________
A flat surface over an arched support__________________
A flat surface with turned up edges____________________
A bridge with sides made up of a series of triangles___________
A bridge that appears to hang from strong strung cables_______
A pulley(s) and a rope or cable_____________________
A slingshot or other device used to project something_________
Pulleys, Beam, Bridge, Plank, Bridge, Truss, Bridge, Levers, Suspension,
Bridge, Block and Tackle, Pier Bridge, Arch Bridge
Right “Man” for the Job!
a word from this list to fill in the correct answer.
Chemical, Computer, City, Agricultural, Electrical, Physical, Industrial,
An engineer who designs plants to make water safe to
An engineer who designs machines in a factory.______________________
An engineer who tests new processes and checks old ones in a chemical
An engineer who plans new circuits and directs workers in an
An engineer who designs and tests new space
An engineer who designs and test new techniques for new equipment for
An engineer who designs and tests equipment for farmers and
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