Some Ideas from our Expo
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 21:13:23 +0000
Hello to the List:
Just finished our Scouting Expo '97. Saw some really good exhibits
and a couple stand out for possible activities at pack/den Meetings or
Cubborees, etc. Some good ideas follow:
Stand in a Bubble: A hula hoop was pulled over a scout, making a
bubble with the scout on the inside. This was Soooo cool! My
scouter-friend Karen's pack was responsible for this excellent booth and I
am sure that I can get all of the directions for it and post to the list.
Basically the way it worked was the scout stepped onto a round platform
(rug covered tire) that was set in a small kiddie wading pool. A hula hoop
suspended by ropes was then pulled up over the scout. The wading pool was
filled with bubble solution and the hula hoop was covered with what looked
like fleece (like is on a car washing mitt) to hold the solutiuon long
enough to make the bubble. Fantastic!!
Engineers's Badge: Various types and styles of catapults were
demo-ed and paper bridges were being constructed to hold the weight of toy
matchbox cars. Pulley systems were also there .
Lift Your Parent: kids got to lift their parent (or leader) by
using an 8 foot (2.5 m) long 2x4 (narrow plank) set with a block of wood
(fulcrum) near one end. The leader stood on the short end, the kid stepped
on the long end, and you should have seen their faces!
Semaphore: Large semaphore flags were made out of felt attached to
pipes for the handles, with an enlarged poster showing the semaphore
alphabet. Great fun!
Sand Painting: Baby food jars, paper funnels (sno-cone cups with
tip snipped) and bamboo skewers, Salt (cheaper than builder's sand and
whiter!) colored with dry Tempera paint with each color in separate plastic
boxes (shoebox sized). Kids went down the line adding layers of colored
"sand" to their jars, then after each layer take the skewer (or any thin
stick) and push down the inside edge of the jar, next to the glass. The
colored sand will follow the lines, creating a very pleasing and colorful
design. (Important! Fill the completed jar to the very top with "sand", or
the design will shift and get blurry or lost.) This craft is fashioned after
the Southwest US Indians sand painting and is a very satisfying and simple
craft for even very young scouts and siblings. I liked the economy of using
salt, and the recycling of the baby food jars.
Log Tug-o-war: Attach two ropes (using the proper knots, of course)
to a 3 ft (meter) length of cut log, one around each end. Make the ropes
long enough to accomodate the number of scouts on the teams, or shorter for
individual competitiion. Make a large loop in the end of each for the
'anchor' person. Lay out 2 lines of cord (or make a mark in the ground),
one at each end of the log. Now tug the log over your line (closest to
you), while the opposing team tries to do the same. the kids loved this
more than regular tug o war.
There were about 100 exhibits, and I will try to add some more over
the next week or so. Lots of great DO cooking, too!
Hope you are all well and happy!
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wolf Leader Pack 410 Den 4
Indian Waters Council, Etowah Creek District Columbia, SC
"He's dead, Jim. You get the tricorder, I'll get his wallet!"
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