This is the
second month for both Craftsman and Scientist so the ideas here are limited. Go
back to last month’s Baloo. There were a lot of ideas there. CD
Diablo Silverado Council
to me as a fun way to have Webelos learn the Scout Law. I agree, CD
Materials: straws, 2 sets of each word of the scout
law on separate small pieces of paper
One straw for each player
Put the pieces of paper (spread out) on a table for each
team Object: For the team to put the Scout Law in order
How to play:
One by one each team member will pick up piece of the Scout
Law using only their straw and take it over to a specific destination.
The first scout must reach the destination and return
before the next scout goes.
The team should try and assemble the Scout Law in order as
each piece is added.
Once the team has moved all twelve pieces to the
destination, they race over to check and, if needed, put the Scout Law in
The Scout with the last piece must return before all the
scouts can proceed to the destination and check if the Scout Law is in order.
The first team to put the law in order is the winner.
Baltimore Area Council
Webelos Scouts who have spent a year or two in a Cub Scout Den before coming
into the Webelos Den will already have had some craft experience. They may have
already worked with simple woodworking tools; but chances are, they will not
have had much experience with leather craft or tin craft.
This is a good opportunity for a boy to gain some knowledge in these skills. To
earn the badge, the boys must complete ten craft projects. There is no way these
can all be completed at Den meetings, so this is a chance to involve parents;
both in working at home with their boys, and in furnishing tools to be used at
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 all
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 – You should insist that the
boys finish the item which they begin. This is very important. If necessary.
work individually with them outside the Den meeting or enlist the help of
others. Don’t even consider using a project, which the boys can’t complete
within a reasonable amount of time. Watch for signs of discouragement, and help
the boys who seem to be having trouble.
Safety - Help the boys understand safety
practices and to take safety precautions where needed. They should realize that
sharp tools are a necessity and that they should use them with care and safety.
Encourage every boy to put forth his very best effort and reserve your praise
for projects worthy of compliments.
Visit a furniture factory, lumberyard,
saw mill or cabinetmaker.
Visit a tannery or leather good
Invite an expert to give a
demonstration on the proper care and use of tools.
Have someone with experience
demonstrate leather tooling and the use of various leather tools.
Have someone give a demonstration of
metal work, using tin snips and a vise. Be sure to caution the boys on the
sharpness of the edges of the metal.
Discuss the proper finishing methods
for wood projects; the importance of sanding methods; fillers for holes and
scratches; the various type of finishes such as shellac, stain, lacquer,
varnish, and enamel, etc.
Make a tool chest or a bench hook for
Have a birdhouse building contest.
Make a Den knot board (see Webelos
Make a tote tray for carrying tools.
Have a nail-driving contest. Each boy
has a scrap of wood, nails and a hammer. Let them practice driving the nails
into the wood straight.
a piece of “peg board” 4 feet x 4 feet. Paint it a bright color of your choice.
Now outline commonly used tools found in the household such as: Hammer, saw,
wrench, pliers, etc. Be sure to label what each item is. Now insert “peg board
hooks” for each item.
Upset The Tool Box
toolbox has been upset and we must get it back in order. The following is a
group of tools with the letters scrambled. Can you straighten them out?
1. Urel __________________________________ 1. Rule
2. Aws __________________________________ 2. Saw
3. Lnai __________________________________ 3. Nail
4. Memhar ___________________________ 4. Hammer
5. Elrwot ______________________________ 5. Trowel
6. Alnep _______________________________ 6. Plane
7. Careb _______________________________ 7. Brace
8. Itb ____________________________________ 8. Bit
9. Rcsewvirder _____________________ 9. Screwdriver
10. Velel ______________________________ 10. Level
11. Cenhrw __________________________ 11. Wrench
Nail Driving Contest
Give each boy a hammer and five nails. On the word “Go”, they are to nail all
five nails completely into a round log 4 inches in diameter. First one to finish
is the winner.
Board Sawing Contest
This is the same as the Nail Driving Contest. Give each boy a small hand saw and
a 2” x 4” board. On the
word “Go,” each boy is to saw his board in half.
Name The Tools
different silhouettes of tools from construction paper, such as a hammer, plane,
brace, bit, wrench, screwdriver, etc. Glue these on lightweight cardboard, and
use as flashcards.
a cube from a piece of 4 x 4 fir lumber.
Mark the center of the cube (block) at the top and drill a first hole 7/8 inch
diameter to 5/8 inch depth.
Then drill another hole 3/8 inch deep with a 5/8 inch diameter drill.
With a sharp knife or round file, smooth the hole to a tapered fitting. This
will enable a tapered candle to fit snug.
sand the block, rounding all edges. The block can now be finished smooth or
engraved with any design using a wood-burning tool.
“Chip Off The Old Block” Paperweight
Makes a great Christmas Present. My brother made one
in Cub Scouts!! CD
Cut block of wood from a piece of 4 x 4 fir lumber.
Burn with wood burner, or paint a message on it.
Add small snapshot on end.
Varnish block for finish.
Materials: Four 1” blocks, pre-cut hearts,
stencils, paint & brushes/sponges. drill, jute or ribbon, glue
Drill holes in each block of wood.
Thread jute or ribbon in through
each block of wood.
Glue hearts onto the jute/ribbon,
leaving space between the blocks. Add a little glue in each block to hold in
Tie a bow in the jute/ribbon at the
top (and bottom if desired).
Materials: 1” x 6” pine, ¼” plywood (12” x
6”), glue and screws, paint or stain and brush, sandpaper.
Cut Scout emblem out of 1 /4”
plywood and paint gold.
Glue and screw ends to base, sand
smooth and paint or stain.
(Helpful hints: drywall screws work great without needing pilot holes. If
staining, use a one-step stain and clear coat finish like Min-Wax.)
Old Fashioned Lamps
lamps are made with 12-oz aluminum soda cans.
Glue plastic bottle caps to the bases to hold the candles.
gluing, use glue suitable for metal, such as epoxy.
cut the cans, use kitchen shears.
When necessary, use your fingers to curl or bend strips cut from the cans.
a hammer and nail to punch holes.
Spray paint the finished lamps with metallic or flat black paint.
the base, cut a soda can down to 1” high and invert it. From the cutoff sides of
the can, cut a 1” strip for a decoration on the base.
Curl one end of the strip and insert the other end through a slit cut in the
base; bend the end on the inside of the base and tape.