Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: neckerchief slides
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:08:36 -0500
I LOVE this topic.
I think slides are exciting to make. I like giving them to the boys and I
like having the boys make them.
I'm kind of known as the plaster-queen. I have purchased the Cub Scout
forms - where there are many in one mold (Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear,
Webelos, etc.). I make plaster mix (thick, like sour cream) and then insert
3/4" plastic rings (15 for 84 cents at Wal-Mart). I pop them out in about
an hour - they are dry enough by then and I'm free to make the next ones.
They are ready to paint in 24 hours. I seal with acrylic spray and then
paint as we see fit. We finish with a top-coat of acrylic spray.
For the Tiger Cubs, as part of their paw #17 - "Cub Scouts Here We Come." I
use an indian head candy mold. I make about 5-6 at a time. The boys paint
them and are VERY proud to put them on with their neckerchiefs after
passing through the graduation tunnel.
I have the molds that Cub Scouts have for bike safety. After the boys do
their bike rodeo meeting, I make the slides, paint in bright colors, and
present them as a reward for "doing their best." They all wear them to the
next pack meeting for den reports.
There is a plaster mold for a pinewood derby plaque. On the bottom are
little car molds. One year I made these for the entire pack.....so EVERYONE
would have a momento from the races. Some years we used a driver's license,
but I think the slides were more useful.
I have also used wooden rings (intended to hold wooden clothespin dolls -
found in craft stores) and glued on novelty buttons with a theme (fishing,
bugs, patriotic, coins - after the "collection" sharing meeting) or small
doll house items (food - for food drive, pots - for camping).
Slides are fun.....reminds the boys that the activities they have done are
for a purpose, not just fun. They are a kewl way to show-off at the Pack
Pack 33/Troop 108 advancements chair
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