Any Ideas for Completing Craftsman Activity Badge?
Kem White (dkw@APLCOMM.JHUAPL.EDU)
Mon, 4 Sep 1995 08:35:55 PDT
A question for the collective wisdom of SCOUTS-L, especially
you Webelos Den leaders.
Last May I "graduated" into First-year Webelos along with the rest
of Den 3. I've been to all the training and have read all the BSA
books. But I've only just started to actually plan and think about
the details of our Fall Den Meetings this weekend.
I'm considering doing the Craftsman Activity Badge during my 7 Nov/Dec
Den meetings just like "Program Helps" suggests. But if I take the
Craftsman activity badge requirements at face value (complete 4 wood
projects and 4 projects with another material) and factor in
the speed Den 3 works at, then completing Craftsman in 2 months of
Den Meetings is going to be, well... impossible.
So how do all you WDLs get through Craftsman? Unless I want to spend
6 months on the badge, it seems like most of the projects must
be done by the boys at home by themselves. But I hate to start the
boys down a particular activity badge path in Den meetings and then
expect them to complete most of the work on their own. (Most of my boys
probably wouldn't.) Scaling back the requirements can't be the answer
but neither does doing some hurried, slap-dash "stations" approach
during our Den meetings where Dads end up doing most of the work for
the boys. (I don't think a Craftsman Activity Badge sweat-shop
would be terribly popular.) And the one thing I don't want to do is
send the boys home with an imcomplete project saying "Here, finish
this at home and bring it back to me." Do most WDLs not do Craftsman?
The boys would really learn a lot by doing this badge but Craftsman
seems a lot of work even for an adult; a 4th grader must find it really
daunting. What am I missing? Any suggestions would be
Kem White, Webelos Den 3 Leader
Pack 692 - Baltimore Area Council
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