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November 2004 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 11, Issue 4
December 2004 Theme

Theme: Holiday Food Fare
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
  Tiger Cub:
Achievement 2 & Activities




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

Scout Law Straw Relay

Cindy, Mt Diablo Silverado Council

This came 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

 Set up:

Two teams

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 correct order.  

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 Den meetings.

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 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 – 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.

Den Activities

ü                   Visit a furniture factory, lumberyard, saw mill or cabinetmaker.

ü                   Visit a tannery or leather good manufacturer.

ü                   Invite an expert to give a demonstration on the proper care and use of tools.

ü                   Have someone with experience demonstrate leather tooling and the use of various leather tools.

ü                   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.

ü                   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.

ü                   Make a tool chest or a bench hook for sawing.

ü                   Have a birdhouse building contest.

ü                   Make a Den knot board (see Webelos Activity Book).

ü                   Make a tote tray for carrying tools.

ü                   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.


Tool Identifier

Use 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

The 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

Cut 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.



Cut 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.

Now 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

1. Cut block of wood from a piece of 4 x 4 fir lumber.

2. Burn with wood burner, or paint a message on it.

3. Add small snapshot on end.

4. Varnish block for finish.

Wall Hanging

Materials: Four 1” blocks, pre-cut hearts, stencils, paint & brushes/sponges. drill, jute or ribbon, glue

1.       Drill holes in each block of wood.

2.       Thread jute or ribbon in through each block of wood.

3.       Glue hearts onto the jute/ribbon, leaving space between the blocks. Add a little glue in each block to hold in place.

4.       Tie a bow in the jute/ribbon at the top (and bottom if desired).

5.       Decorate.


Materials: 1” x 6” pine, ¼” plywood (12” x 6”), glue and screws, paint or stain and brush, sandpaper.

1.       Cut Scout emblem out of 1 /4” plywood and paint gold.

2.       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

Background -

The lamps are made with 12-oz aluminum soda cans.

Glue plastic bottle caps to the bases to hold the candles.

For gluing, use glue suitable for metal, such as epoxy.

To cut the cans, use kitchen shears.

When necessary, use your fingers to curl or bend strips cut from the cans.

Use a hammer and nail to punch holes.

Spray paint the finished lamps with metallic or flat black paint.

Simple Lamp

For 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.


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