Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Moving up campfire
Moving up campfire
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 08:08:10 -0600
We have "the neckerchief exchange thing". What we decided this year was
to have the Pack purchase neckerchiefs rather than let the parents provide
them as in the past. A couple extra wouldn't hurt. We've tried a direct
exchange but as den sizes vary, the Pack had to usually purchase some
neckerchiefs anyway. Also, after exchanging a couple years, those
neckerchiefs (darn hems on the Webelos plaid is poorly done!) Also, some
parent couldn't get to the Scout store, forget etc. Also, we've had kids
come to the final campfire, not intending to move up to the next level.
Are you going to leave them out? I think not.
Parents love to have brothers do younger brother if you have any. We
impromptu did a new Tiger this spring; he had been doing Highway clean-up
on Mom's back in the back pack when his older brother started. That was
There are Pack graduation ceremonies in the Ceremonies book, and Program
Helps. We don't do anything special but modify those.
Remember, though, that you will be starting "tradition" since this hasn't
been done in a LONG time. If you purchase neckerchiefs, think about that.
If Pack finances are stable, I think this is a good use of Pack money. If
you're scraping to get by, having the kids hand them down helps the
We had the Tiger pick out their Cub uniforms from the Uniform Bank and
wear them under their Tiger Cub T-shirt and "change" when it was their
We had the WEbelos II pass out the new neckerchiefs this year to involve
them in their new role as the oldest boys in the Pack. I made each of
them a "Raccoon" tie slide so that they got something as well. It can be
given as a token in the ceremony or I just presented them before the
meeting started (OK, so I really gave them the tie slide because I was
tired of seeing rubber bands, knots and smiley face rings on the
Tie slide hints: You can make almost any theme tie slide by: Cutting the
"base" from heavy tag or carboard (the kind off the back of legal pads
works great). Any shape you like. Let the guys (or you) glue stuff on.
I made Raccoon shape heads, then used that to cut white suade leather. I
used black suade leather patches for that raccoon look, drew a couple
heavy dark lines in Sharpie and glued on "googly eyes" (craft store item).
I've tried gluing "smiley face rings" (you can get a gross of them from
Oriental Trading cheap). They come off unless you hot glue them. These
work best imbedded in plaster. The best thing I've found is get some
stiff (fairly thick) stamping leather and cut it in 1/4" to 3/8" wide
strips. Make the strips slightly smaller than the back of the base. Hole
punch (I invested in a rotary punch for leather. You can also use the
hand stamp hole punch for leather - Michaels has both). Two small holes
on each side of your leather strip. Two small holes on the outside edges
of your base. . . . .
Then get some heavy thread (I like the waxed thread) and "sew" the leather
strip to the base. The leather strip shouldn't lie perfectly flat against
the back of the base; it shouldn't be so "humpy" that it won't hold the
I also used this technique to make canoe tie slides. You've probably seen
the pattern at the leather/craft stores or in Pow Wow books. I buy scrap
packs of suade leather, trace the canoes. You lace the edges. Decorate
with fine tip sharpies. Oh, hole punch the holes. There are enough steps
in this simple project to qualify for the Leatherworking Merit Badge, yet
if you cut the patterns up front, it's simple enough for Cubs to do.
I rambled off topic. Hope this helps.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council