Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Slide Ideas
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 08:03:06 -0400
Are any of you presenting a talk to Scouters about making neckerchief
slides? I just put the following together for a CM who will be doing a
presentation to ~100 adult Scouters on the resources that are available by
attending RoundTables and why RTs are valuable . I thought I would share
the advice with the list, too. Hope you do not mind.
>>>><snip> I am a Roundtable Comissioner<snip> am doing a presentation to
about 100 Cub Scouters>as to why roundtables are a very viable source of
addtional training as well >as a continued source of new and diffrent
ideas. At this session I would >like to have each person make a quick
slide. (the session is only 30 >minutes). Do you have any ideas?
Please go to The Slide Show.
Feel free to copy part or all of that page to share with your Scouters.
The intro is very good to base your talk on, too.
A couple of my favorites to do with adults:
Stress Indicator Neckerchief Slide
Materials: several 12-inch pieces of telephone wire, (ask the Phone Company
or anyone who lays line for the phone company)various colors
Put 4 or more pieces of wire next to each other.
Make a 1-inch loop near the center by twisting them together. (It's like
putting a twist tie on a bread wrapper.) Or tie an overhand or square knot.
Wrap each piece of wire around a pencil until you get to the end of the
wire. (Making a spring or curley-Q)
Remove the pencil.
The loop is now the part that goes around your neckerchief; you can adjust
it by twisting tighter or loosening it up a bit.
The coils can be scrunched together to tell people you're really wound up
or stretched out to indicate that you're relaxed.
Just as a side note, mine has two pieces of wire which result in 4 coils
coming from the loop. It looks like a little man and I keep him on the
shelf near my computer where he keeps me company!
(good for Cubs, too) (this is great to do at the beginning of the talk, as
the Scouters can wrap these around their pencils and make the curly-Qs as
you continue the presentation.)
Tree Cookies/Picture Slices
-1/4" slices of a log or branch, (largest diameter was approx. 3")
-1/4" slices of 1" diameter PVC pipe for loop or pipe cleaners
-cut-outs of pictures from magazines (can be anything from sports equip. to
pets-anything that would interest a boy)
-or natural stuff (shells, stones, leaves, cones, seeds, etc.)
-spray adhesive for the pictures (glue makes them wrinkle)
-Aileens Tacky Glue for seeds, etc. (better and safer than Hot glue)
-Polyurethane or spray acrylic as sealer (optional)
Glue the PVC ring to the back of each slice of wood. Boys choose what
picture they want on the front. Spray the adhesive on the front of the
wood, place the picture. Spray with polyurethane spray to seal.
have them glue natural materials on the slide. Maybe what they found on a
*Note: Do not use spray adhesive to "seal " the wood. Use Polyurethane or
(Note: For your 100 Scouters: Have several examples done. Drill holes and
use pipe cleaners for a loop. Have them attach the loop while in their
seat, then have bottles of Aileens Tacky Glue set up at the ends of
several tables of nature stuff. Have them get up (Take a break?) and add
glue to the top of the tree cookie, then they proceed down past a
collection of nature stuff and make their own. Let the Scouters add bits of
cones, bark, shells, sticks, seeds, yarn, etc.)
BSA puts out some decals, six-eight to a sheet, of wolfs, bears and
webelos, they are about 1X1inch. From molding or some wood of same size cut
pieces to fit decal. Take PVC pipe, about 3/4 inch and cut rings. Let boys
hot glue ring to back of wood and place decal on front.
Or cut 2 inch sections of 1 inch clear, flexible pvc tubing (Home Depot)
and attach the stickers directly to the tube.
First Aid Kit
(Great for Webelos Readyman)
Paint a film canister white with a red cross on the front. (or use white
film cans and colored tape) Attach a curtain ring to the back side of the
canister, or poke 2 holes in the back and use a chenille stem for the loop.
Fill the canister with useful first aid items:
1 adhesive bandage
1 alcohol wipe
1 tube antiseptic ointment
2 safety pins
coins for telephone call
emergency phone numbers
Basic First Aid instructions reduced to small laminated card, rolled up
Leader Survival Pills
Film canister or an unused pill bottle
chenille stem or loop
Make canister with loop, glue label (below) on the outside (make it look
like a prescription label) Put the new mini M&M's in it, with a cotton ball
Leader Survival Pills
Remove cotton, tear in half, place in ears
Take pills as needed:
red for stress relief
blue for noise reduction
yellow for patience
brown for instant game idea
mixed the colors for sense of humor
Call your Cubmaster in the morning!
All of these and more are at
The film cannister slides are easy, check with any film developing center.
Best loop in my opinion is clear, flexible PVC (Home Depot...cheap!) as you
can cut it with a heavy scissors, or pipe cleaners (chenille stems).
Slides are the best awards that you can give the boys, and they are fun,
too. BTW, Tigers can attach slides onto a belt (have loops go up and down,
not side to side) or save them for Wolf neckers. Pins can be used for
parent volunteers and Tigers, too.
Good luck and Get them making slides!
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Etowah Creek District, Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
The Soap Carver's Page
The Slide Show http://home.att.net/~llmcgraw/etowah/slides.htm
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