ORIGAMI and the modelmaker badge
Mon, 17 Jun 1991 08:15:25 PDT
My scout district in England run an open house each Monday evening
for all the leaders in the various sections. This enables us to swap ideas and
information. Tonight I am giving a talk and demonstration on origami the
Japanese art of paper folding. I have found out that here in England, this is
an alternative sylabus for the modelmaker badge. It is issued by the training
department at Gilwell park.
The sylabus is quite difficult and is listed below.
The following alternative requirements may be used:-
1. Have a knowledge of the history of paper folding, types of paper used, and
the background of the models you make.
2. Show three basic methods and illustrate them with a model.
3. a) Make some sort of box.
b) Make some sort of boat.
4. Make six models from memory.
5. Make three models with reference to a text book.
6. Make one model from memory using more than one piece of paper.
7. Name one practical way in which you have used paper folding.
NOTE: Folding should be neat and accurate in all cases. The same model may
. not be used in more than one of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
As you can see it is quite a difficult sylabus and involves the lads making
about fifteen different Origami models. If you do not have this alternative in
your country then I think you could adopt it. It is an ideal subject for some
handicapped scouts as well.
There are quite a lot of books available on Origami. The ones that I have are
by a magician called Robert Harbin. These should be available in most large
book shops. They are very well illustrated and easy to follow.
Cheers for now
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City