Heart of American
Suggested Den Activities
Show how to check oil level
Check tire air pressure
Show where and how to add oil
Demonstrate how to change a tail
• Show safety measures for lawn
• Build sawhorses, show their
• Build a small step
Lubricate chain and crank on a
• Show proper way to check &
inflate bicycle tires.
• Show how to adjust bicycle
saddle, handlebars &
Handyman Scavenger Hut
Heart of America Council
The Handyman badge requires the
boys to begin learning about simple home repairs.
Remember that though these
activities may seem simple to you, it may be the first time on of your Webelos
has been exposed to changing a tire or learning about tools and how to use
them. Be careful not to criticize and lose patience if the boys seem clumsy
with a screw driver or wrench. They will learn greatly from your patience and
will be so proud of what they’ve accomplished in earning this badge.
1. Arrange for a local mechanic
to visit your den or visit his garage, perhaps he can show your den the safe
way to change a tire, light bulb and to check the oil and transmission fluid.
2. Check the garage or storage
shed in your house to ascertain if the tools or implements are properly and
3. Check with the local police
department to see if they have a program called “Operation Identification”, or
a program similar to this and find out how to mark bicycles and valuables in
your home for identification.
Bring tools to display. Have
the boys name them, and tell how they are used.
In a boy’s home or meeting
place, hunt for the following items or create your own list. Boys should be
accompanied by a leader or parent. They should not gather the items but
instead, have the boys write down the location of each.
Here is a sample:
Window cleaning solution
Tire pressure gauge
Tire changing tool
Auto jack and stand
After the locations for these
tools are recorded, go over the list and see if any of the items are not
stored in the proper locations. For example, are the old rags stored on top
or next to the gas can in a closed cabinet? Are the pruning shears laying on
the floor where young children may be able to “play” with them? Also check
the tools for cleanliness and sharpness. These factors influence their
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