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October 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 3
November 2004 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Collectors
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub:
Achievement 5 & Activities




Webelos Activity Badge Ceremony Ideas

Baltimore Area Council

AQUANAUT - If the Pack meeting is held at a pool, have the boys swim across the pool to receive their badge. If inside, have them demonstrate a swimming stroke and pretend to swim to you to receive his badge.

ARTIST - Webelos leader is dressed as an artist and pretends to paint portrait of the Webelos as he is sitting on a stool posing. He puts down his palette and paintbrush and says "Each boy is a masterpiece. " He then hands the boy a pre-made silhouette of the boy and the activity badge he has earned.

ATHLETE - Do a standing long jump and catch badge that the Webelos Leader is holding at arms length.

CITIZEN - The Webelos Leader dressed as judge, pounds gavel on table and says, "Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye. 1 present to you on this day of in the year of Our Lord. 20______, (boy's name) as a new citizen of our Pack and community."

COMMUNICATOR - Webelos leader uses sign language to tell what the activity badge is. He gives the badge to the Webelos Scout who thanks him in sign language also.

CRAFTSMAN - Webelos leader and boys are busy building crafts and leader says, "Well boys, we've sure had a busy month making all these things, but I think we have made more than just toys. We have come a step closer in making you young men." He then gives them their badge.

ENGINEER - Several boxes with the name of Pack Officers (Cubmaster, Den Leader, Committee Chairman, etc.) are scattered around. The Webelos Den Leader comes on stage and picks up a box and reads out loud what it says, and then places it back on the floor facing the audience. Start with the committee members first. Build the boxes up in the shape of a pyramid. As the name of a boy is read that has earned the activity badge he comes forward and is given the badge. His leader congratulates him on the achievement and tells him how great it is that he can be part of the Cub Scout pyramid.

FAMILY MEMBER - The Webelos Leader calls the Webelos Scout and all the members of his family including brothers, sisters, and aunts, uncles, etc. He lines them all up according to size from the tallest one next to him to the smallest one next to the Webelos Scout. He then says "Since this activity badge was earned with the help of all the family, I will give it to the tallest member of the family. Each of you will pass it down the line until it reaches the Webelos Scout."

FITNESS - Do a sit up and reach out and take the badge that is being held at the end of his feet. (Just far enough to give him a good stretch before getting it.)

Do a push-up. The boy will pick up the badge with his mouth as he lowers himself to the floor, and as the Webelos Leader is holding the badge near the floor beneath the boy.

FORESTER -The Webelos Leader has all the activity badges attached to a branch of a tree. he says "I am presenting you this activity badge in the hopes it plants a seed of knowledge that will grow with time."

GEOLOGIST - Webelos Leader is examining several large rocks that are out on the table. He comes to the largest one and picks up a hammer and chisel, and proceeds to chisel on the rock. He removes an award from the rock and calls forward the boy who is to receive it. The chiseling continues until all awards are presented.

HANDYMAN - The Webelos Leader rolls on old tire out. Inside the tire are the activity badges. He says, *'This tire is old. It has served its purpose. We have in our midst, several future mechanics." He calls up the boys who have earned the badge and takes the badges out of the tire and presents them.

NATURALIST - Webelos leader is inspecting insect collection and notices something different and out of place, "What is this? I don't remember seeing this before. Oh, (boys name) this must belong to you for earning your Naturalist Activity Badge.




Baltimore Area Council

The requirements for the Craftsman activity badge include projects in wood, leather and tin. This activity helps the boys develop confidence in their abilities by encouraging them to use their talents and skills for more advanced handicraft projects, or perhaps to develop a hobby in one of these mediums.

Where to Go and What to Do

*       Visit a furniture factory, sawmill, lumberyard, or cabinetmaker.

*       Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer.

*       Demonstrate the proper care and use of tools.

*       Demonstrate metal work, using a tin snips and vise.

*       Nave a nail-driving contest.

*       Make a tool chest.







Carpenter's Level

Southern NJ Council

You can make a carpenter's level out of a glass tube - like dentists use or the kind of plastic tube a toothbrush comes in.

With the vial from the dentist's office, remove one rubber cork from the end. Rinse tube out good and then fill almost full of water and replace cork.

With a glass or plastic tube, cork one end, fill nearly full with water, then cork the end. (pic 1.)

Lay tube on a flat surface. If this surface is perfectly level, the bubble inside the tube will be exactly in the middle. If the surface is not quite level, the bubble will be off center one way or the other. (pic 2.)

Book Trough

Southern NJ Council

Copy picture and enlarge. Then trace diagram of book ends onto 3/8" board or plywood. Cut shelves from measurements. Make ends identical by clamping together before cutting and finishing.





Two-Tone Code Whistle

Southern NJ Council

You can work out a series of code signals with this two-tone code whistle. The twin tones make it penetrate a long distance. Each hole may be used independently or both may be blended.

Walnut, maple or birch are good hardwoods to use. Make sure the holes are completely free of sawdust. Round off all edges and sand it smooth, then attach a neck strap lanyard long enough so that you can tuck the whistle into your shirt pocket.

Note that the plugs are flattened off at the top. Plugs should make a tight fit for the best resonance.

1. Drill holes as indicated in piece of hardwood. Cut air escape notch.

2. Insert 1/4-inch plugs flush to straight cut of notch. Cut off excess wood.

Mountain Cabin Bookends

Baltimore Area Council


Using 3/4" wood, cut one back 4" x 6", one base 3" x 4", one cabin and one tree for each bookend. See pattern pieces

After making pieces, assemble and paint as desired.


Personal Bike Rack

Southern NJ Council


One 14" x 18" piece of 1/2" plywood;

One 1" x 2" x 2'; one 2" x 8" x 18"

No. 6 flathead screws (1-1 / 4" long);

Six-penny nails;

Varnish or paint;

White glue or powdered resin glue.

1.       Cut plywood triangles. Drill holes as show with a 5(32" drill bit. Paint or varnish the inside of plywood at this time. It will be difficult to do after rack is assembled.

2.       Cut the 1" x 2" pieces. Nail the two longest pieces at right angles.

3.       Cut the 2" x 8" piece. Attach the nailed 1"x2" with screws. Paint or varnish the 1" x 2" now. (Note the right angle is fastened to the 2" x 8" with screws from inside.)

4.       Fasten the plywood triangles in place with screws through pre-drilled holes. Don't forget the small piece of 1" x 2" that joins the tips of the triangle.

5.       Sand and complete paint or varnishing the piece.









Picture Frame House


Southern NJ Council


Leather Eyeglass Case

Baltimore Area Council

Measure eyeglasses and cut leather (a piece approximately 6 x 6") so glasses fit easily when case is folded. Fold leather and punch holes for lacing using the running stitch.

Cut simple design into head of a large nail with a file; then file off nail point. Dampen leather and use small hammer to tap the design on.

Wooden Trivet

Baltimore Area Council



1 dowel, 4' long, 1" diameter for each Webelos

Table saw, Sandpaper, Waxed paper, Carpenter's glue

Felt (approx. 6"X6")

Prior to the meeting - Cut the dowel into slices about 1 1/4" thick, using the table saw.  You will need 37 pieces for each Webelos.

Have the Webelos -

1.       Sand any rough edges.

2.       Lay a piece of waxed paper on the working surface. It can be easily removed from the trivet after the glue has dried.

3.       Begin gluing the slices together as shown in the picture.

4.       When glue has dried, pull away waxed paper and cut the felt piece to fit the back of the trivet.

5.       Glue felt in place.


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