November Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 10, Issue 4
A Cub Scout Gives Goodwill
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Achivement #4
Circle Ten Council
You will need:
A cross-section of a tree trunk, at least 6 inches in
the wood piece smooth.
felt to bottom of the wood.
a design on a piece of paper and center it on the top surface.
a permanent outline of the design by hammering nails at 1/2 inch intervals.
finish, spray or paint with a wood sealer.
This puzzle is made from scrap wood. It makes a great gift for a younger child.
Any thickness of wood may be used. Enlarge pattern as needed. Features may be
painted on if desired. REMEMBER if giving to a small child the smallest piece
MUST be big enough not to become a choking hazard.
Trace the pattern onto the wood with heavy pencil lines.
out with a jigsaw and sand all edges well. REMEMBER cut dotted line first then
Paint each piece with a bright color.
Paint in the finishing features with acrylic paint.
Varnish to seal.
While completing requirements
for this Activity Badge, your boys will develop some new skills and may develop
new interests and hobbies based on craft projects completed for their Craftsman
activity badge. They will also learn how to use some basic tools. While working
with boys on this activity badge, keep these things in mind:
Patience - Some boys
require a high degree of patience. Stick with it; you'll be glad you did. Enlist
the help of the assistant den leader, den chief, and fathers, so you won't need
to do it alone.
Preparation - Have all
tools laid out at separate workstations before the den meeting starts. Build a
sample of the item yourself before the meeting and make note of the steps that
require the most coordination. Be prepared to help boys individually in these
areas. Show them your sample so they can get an idea of what the finished
product will be like.
Perseverance - Insist
that the boys finish the item, which they begin. This is very important. Don't
even consider using a project, which the boys can't complete within a reasonable
length of time. Watch for signs of discouragement, and help the boys who seem to
be having trouble.
Help the boys understand
safety practices and to take safety precautions where needed. They should
realize that sharp tools are a necessity and use them with care and safety.
Encourage every boy to put forth his best effort and reserve your praise for
projects very worthy of compliments.
Ideas for Den Activities
Visit a tannery or local leather factory.
Visit a furniture factory, lumberyard or cabinetmaker.
Have someone give a demonstration of metal work, including the use
of the tin snips and a vise.
Have someone give a demonstration of leather craft and explain how
to use different leather tools.
Invite someone to visit your den meeting and give a demonstration
on the proper use and care of tools.
Discuss methods for finishing wood projects. This includes the
importance of proper sanding and staining, filling holes and or scratches, and
applying finishes like stains, varnishes, enamel or shellac.
Arrange to visit a home under construction. Talk to the workers at
the beginning of the month, and look at blueprints. Visit again at the end of
the month to see the progress made in that time.
Tips from an
experienced Webelos Leader
The Cub Scout Leader
How-To-Book (Chapter 3) is an excellent resource for ideas on wood
projects, metal and tin craft, leather crafts and plastic crafts.
In completing the requirements
for the Craftsman activity badge, a boy must complete at least seven (if he
chooses Requirement #6) and up to ten (if he chooses Requirements 4, 5, 7 or 8)
craft projects. It is impossible to do that many projects of a suitable degree
of difficulty at your den meetings. You might want to schedule a "workshop" on a
Saturday morning or two to provide extra opportunities to complete requirements.
(If working on items near the holiday season that could be given as gifts, call
this a "Santa's Workshop Saturday." ) So here is a chance to involve the
parents. You can also enlist the help of the parents in furnishing tools to be
used during the den meeting.
Craftsman Field Trip
Visit a lumberyard.
Visit a wood or metal shop. Have them tell about tools and how to care for them.
Demonstrations for Pack Meeting
to use the coping saw, bench fork or V-board and C-clamp.
to nail, toenail, clinch a nail, and use a block to pull a nail.
to drill a hole for inside cutting with coping saw.
to use a pocketknife - care, safety measures, sharpening, whittling.
to nail a butt joint.
to apply finish - crayons, tempera, wax paint, enamel, shellac.
to make a bench hook and how it is used.
Proper use of wood tools, leather tooling, aluminum tooling.
Ask your lumber yard for scrap lumber they are going to throw
Ask carpet companies for carpet scraps which are to be discarded.
Auto upholstery companies will sometimes give you plastic scraps
left over from seat covers.
Check with cabinet shops for scrap pieces of lumber, molding, etc.
Make mantel clocks from old CD's, scrap pieces of wood and
clock movements. Another use for old CD's is to put the label side down and then
put felt pads on 4 sides or rubber feet on the 4 sides. Then turn the CD over
and you have a great coaster to use on tables, etc.
- Tuna can, juice concentrate can, soup can
4" x 4"
block of wood
Punch a hole in the center of each can bottom.
Arrange on block of wood and mark the center hole on the wood.
Punch a starter hole on the marks
Screw cans to wood.
Outside of cans can be painted and block of wood may be painted or
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