Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Genius Kits
Fri, 6 Nov 1998 09:47:41 -0700
What goes in a Genius Kit? Well, that's easy - I do Genius Kits when I
clean out my supplies from den projects. ANYTHING and EVERYTHING can go
in the Genius Kits - just so long as you follow a couple simple rules.
1) When I make mine, I make sure everyone has the same number and same
kind of item. You could bend this rule if you make all the kits different
and the kids get them randomly.
2) Make sure you put some items in that would allow the "project" to be
put together - brads, nails, strings - or have glue available for
3) Set up your rules ahead of time and stick to it. No glue allowed,
only wood glue allowed, size limit whatever you decide.
The Scouts LOVE Genius Kits - it doesn't matter the age. And it can be
used for an achievement at all levels of Cubs. You may decide a THEME -
one year, I said that the project had to be SOMETHING THAT MOVES.
What goes in Genius Kits?
LEftover straws, rubber bands, craft sticks, brads, paper, plastic, cloth
scraps, beads, juice can lids, wood scrap, dowels or dowel pieces, nails,
screws, stickers that were left over, patches leftover.
One year I had a "junk box" and the guys drew straws and then took turns
picking ONE THING AT A TIME from the "junk box" until they had 10, 20,
whatever number of items I decided. One rule was they had to use
everything they picked or everything in the kit.
The beauty of this project is - you decide the rules and you use what you
have on hand and you can use up leftover "treasure" from other projects.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council