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Wooden Neckerchief Slide Holder

There are so many great neckerchief ideas out there. However, I’ve never pursued making any of them, mainly because I don’t have a great way of storing them. I’ve seen a few different neckerchief slide holders however most of them are pretty simple: pegboard and wire. I wanted to make something a bit more “elegant” than that.

A lot of the neckerchief slides that I see are made with PVC pipe, usually 1/2″. I wanted to make a holder out of wood so I figured dowels would work well to hold the slides, 3/8″ to be exact. My first thought was to use a couple of long dowels and just stack the slides on them. However, I realized that if you wanted to get a slide off the bottom, you would have to take everything off above it. So instead, I decided to use multiple short dowels, for one or two slides apiece. A dowel from any hardware store will usually be 48″ and will only run about $1.

Materials:

  • Piece of pine (or other similar) wood for the base
  • 3/8″ dowel
  • Drill
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
 
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Belt Loop and Pin Display Case

I found this craft in one of the Cub Scout Leader Yahoo! Groups that I am a part of. It was originally submitted by Lisa with modifications made by Julee from Pack 228 of the Great Alaska Council. I thought it was a fantastic idea for displaying Academic Belt Loops and Pins. There are many boys in our pack that don’t have either a belt, or a patch vest for displaying their Academic Letter they receive when they earn their first pin, so they have no way of storing/displaying the belt loops and pins that they earn. This is a great way to do just that.

I found a roll of cork at Staples that I used for this. They also had 12″x12″ squares that were a bit thicker, but the roll was a better deal, and the stems on the pins are not that long. For your rope, make sure it is thin enough that it can pass through the opening in the belt loops. For the craft felt, I found a large piece (I think 36″x36″) at Michael’s for only about $3.

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Big Giveaway Announcement Coming Soon!!

I wanted to prep everyone for our next giveaway, maybe build up a little excitement. Currently my Cub Scout Crafts board on Pinterest has 70 followers. When our follower count reaches 100 we will be announcing our next giveaway. So, share our board with any scouters you know on Pinterest and the moment we hit 100, the giveaway will be announced!!! Any guesses???

 
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How to Make a Paper Bag Kite

Today’s craft is our first user submitted craft and comes to us courtesy of Jackie in Pack 613 of the Grand Canyon Council. While there are “instructions” on how to create paper bag kite in Wolf Elective #5b, they are not very detailed. Her pack and mine are actually in the same stake (unit) and all our stake’s packs ran a booth at our 2011 Council’s Scout-O-Rama where we created these kites. They were a big hit, except for the fact it was slightly raining all day.

Materials:

  • 1 Paper Grocery Bag
  • 12-15″ string to hold wings together
  • Long length of string for reel
  • Ruler
  • Hole Puncher
  • Scissors
  • Tape
 
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Make a “Wee” Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

Here is a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed craft that you can do with your boys. I originally found this craft in my “Family Fun Craft Finder” app on my ipad, but while searching, I found it on the familyfun.com website as well. The original plans called for brown pipe cleaners instead of red, but I think the red worked really well (plus I didn’t have brown). It also called for flesh-colored and pink paint for painting the face (with nose and rosy cheeks) and hands, but I didn’t have that either. It still turned out pretty good just using the sharpie.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Green paint
  • Green craft foam
  • 3 red pipe cleaners
  • 1 black pipe cleaner
  • Hot Glue
  • Black sharpie

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Homemade Puzzle Races

Here’s a relatively simple craft to make that will make for a fun game for all the boys. Plus, there are a lot of different options and ways this can be played, making it even more fun. Use one of our ideas, or come up with your own (but please share them with others in the comments :) ). These games will stress the idea of teamwork and working together.

Materials:

  • Logo or picture printed out as large as you can (possibly enlarge at a copy shop if you would like) – I used the rank emblems
  • Piece of wood large enough to fit the picture on
  • Spray-on Adhesive

 

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Make a 2L Water Bottle Rocket Launcher

Today’s craft I found on YouTube. I don’t exactly remember where I came across this craft, but that’s not important. What’s important is that it is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Using a few cheap hardware store parts combined with what may just be lying around the house, you can make a pretty awesome Water Bottle Rocket Launcher. My kids and I had so much fun with this and in fact, the first launch almost got stuck in the branches of some HUGE palm trees we have in our front yard.

Materials:

  • Empty 2L soda bottle
  • 2-4′ of 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • 4-6″ of 1″ PVC pipe
  • 1″ PVC collar
  • 1/2″ PVC 90 deg. elbow (one threaded end)
  • 1/2″ PVC threaded plug (NOT end cap)
  • 1/4″ vinyl tubing (green bag)
  • 1/4″ brass hose barb (green bag)
  • 1/4″ O-Ring (this should be small enough to fit tightly around 1/2″ PVC pipe)
  • Bike tube valve stem
  • 3 #8 screw eyes
  • Rope
  • Stakes
  • Bike Pump
 
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Eagle Claw Necklace

This is one of  the first crafts that I made.  Is it fair if it came from a kit? Sure, why not?  I bought this Eagle Claw Necklace Kit from my local scout shop (you can also purchase online).  For about $6, it’s not a terribly bad deal.  However, it can be made for a lot cheaper if you have all the materials.  So, if you don’t have the kit, here is what you need to make it:

Materials:

  • Approximately 30″ of string
  • 30 pony beads
  • 8 bone beads
  • 2 Plastic Eagle Claws (scoutstuff.org)

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Target Bounce Game

Here is a fun game for scouts to play that is very simple to make.  I found this on Pinterest via Jo at Smile Monsters. This will work as a great gathering activity or you could even turn it into a pack meeting activity if you made a few of them and had a competition.  Have the boys make their own, and they can complete any of the achievements listed below.

Materials:

  • 1 egg carton (dozen count)
  • 4 different colored sharpies or markers (including black)
  • 1 piece of tag board, poster board, construction paper, etc (any color)
  • 1 ping pong ball
 
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Make it Rain in a Jar

Here’s a neat way to teach scouts about how rain is formed through the condensation of water vapor.

Materials:

  • Glass jar with metal lid, preferably one with a lip such as a mason jar
  • Hot Water (not boiling)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Towel
 
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