Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Need ideas for den doodle
Re: Need ideas for den doodle
John A Robertson
Wed, 7 Apr 1999 12:14:08 -0400
On Tue, 6 Apr 1999 02:42:32 EDT Siledubh@AOL.COM writes:
>I have been racking my brain trying to come up with a den
>doodle for our den. I had planned on doing a Jungle Book
>one but that idea was used by another den. My boys are
>wolves now but I'd like to make something that will
>last through cub scouts. Any ideas would be appreciated.
My first impulse is to say "anything on a stick," but that is too
simple. It needs to be something the boys will get into.
Something they will identify with and help form their perception
of their Den as a team.
A good approach is to come up with many ideas then let them
pick through them for what they like. The only problem is
coming up with the "many."
I was in the same boat as you. Our Den (Wolves) was trying
to come up with some good ideas, but all the good ones
were taken. I happened to see a Boy Scout Patrol at a Camporee
that used a forked branch to suspend their Patrol flag between
the branches. They hung their ribbons they earned as a team
from the tips of the branches. I thought that was pretty cool,
which started me thinking on what we could come up with
that would allow them to carry this "representative standard"
with them when they entered Boy Scouts.
I came up with finding a Hickory tree that was forked and through
steaming the branches, was able to bend them around into the
shape of a circle. A piece of leather was cut out to lace into this
circle, sorta like a hide stretching frame. On this piece of leather
I stenciled the Den Number, Pack Number, and City, State, all
contained within a square. This allowed other stuff to be stenciled
around it. As the boys went through the ranks, they would get a
symbol stenciled on this. To start off, these are paw prints (Tiger,
Bobcat, Wolf, and Bear) and they are placed on the bottom and
sides. The top is reserved for Webelos and finally the Arrow of
Light. At the top of the circle, I left the branches a little long so
as to allow hanging imitation eagle feathers and ribbons
off the tips without getting in the way of seeing the piece of
leather. At the bottom of the circle and just above the fork, I
laced a roughly 3 foot straight stick horizontally. This is used to
hang the boys names on with a leather cord for beads to
represent each Achievement accomplished. An extra piece of
leather was cut for when they go into Boy Scouts and another
stencil job may be needed. The overall height is about 6 feet.
All this is a bit much for most people to do, especially the steaming
part. If I had know it was going to take that much time, I would have
probably come up with something different. However, the final
result was cool.... WAY COOL! The boys loved it!
If I was to suggest to someone who wanted to do something like
this, try leaving the branches straight up and lace the horizontal
stick either at the top or again at the bottom. Maybe do both.
The trick is to have a spread between the branches to allow
something to be hung between them. Also, it might be a good
idea to use vinyl instead of leather. Somehow it all needs to
be water resistant if they plan to carry it to Camporees.
The reason why I went on an on about this is that I'm not 100%
sure if this team identity will or can be maintained in the Boy
Scout Troop. Any ideas on this from the Troop perspective?