Re: Craftsman Badge Ideas
Hutcheson George M (RX29470@DEERE.COM)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 07:57:07 GMT
Ken White asked for ideas in completing the Craftsman Activity pin.
Two years ago I was a ass't leader for a den of 7 1st year Webelos. What we did
for the craftsman pin was to select some projects to be done in the den and also
required that 2 projects be done at home by the scout and his adult partner.
When selecting the den projects we picked the ones that looked do-able
considering our skill level, looked like fun, were relatively inexpensive, and
that we thought the boys would like. We also made sure that we had projects
that covered the required areas.
During the den meetings we had multiple projects going at the same time. That
way some boys could be painting while otherrs were sawing or drilling. The idea
was not to let things get bottlenecked with everyone waiting for the same tool.
For project ideas we used the Webelos book and the Cub Scout How-To book. The
biggest problem was the expense. Try looking for freebies. For example, one
local lumber yard has been very, very good to Scouting. They put out old
pallets for people to use as firewood. I got a couple that were in good
condition, dismantled them, and removed all the nails and staples. Then I took
the boards back and they squared them up and planed them for us - no charge.
That's where our wood came from.
Anyway, we had a good time. It was a lot of work getting things set up but the
boys loved it. It was also a chance for many of them to use tools that they
hadn't seen before. For example, instead of using an electric drill I brought
in an old brace and bit.
Well, I hope this rambling answer is of some use. Feel free to contact me
Pack 44/Troop 42
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City