Bill's Unofficial Cub Scout Roundtable
A compendium of Ideas For Cubmasters, Den Leaders and those who help them.
Blue & Gold
Character & Ethics
Cheers & Stunts
Dist & Council
Den Prog Plans
Good Turn For America
Places to Go
Prepare For Scouts
3 Magic Words
The Handyman activity badge is designed to help teach the Webelos about home and automobile repairs and maintenance. This is a good opportunity to instill responsibility on how to care of their most expensive future purchases.
Handyman is one of the easiest and flexible activities in the Webelos program. There are fourteen requirements from which the Den can choose a minimum of six and these can be selected on the basis of aptitude and availability.
It can be worked for the month set in the Webelos calendar, or it can be done in fewer meetings, if the Den Meetings are prepared and organized.
Plan on doing more than the minimum number of requirements. The added exposure adds value, and if a Scout is shaky doing one activity, he'll have an opportunity to do other activities more confidently and feel better about earning Handyman.
Check the garage or storage shed in your house to ascertain the tools or implements are properly and safely stored.
Have a clinic on the care and repair of bicycles. Set it up like a shop and have each boy bring his bike and do repairs.
Have Webelos bring tools to a Den Meeting and demonstrate different ways to mark them.
Hold a nail hammering contest. See who can hammer a nail in the fewest number of strokes.
Heart of America Council
One Webelos stands in front of the group. His hair is messed up and his face is dirty. His shirttail is pulled out in a messy way. He has a pronounced frown on his face and stands all slouched over. The Den Chief comes and stands beside him and says the following: "This Webelos is in need of repair and I think I have just the tools to do the job."
He picks up a hammer to which a sign has been attached, "Do My Best," and pretends to hammer the boy. The Webelos tucks in his shirt and stands a little straighter.
Next the Den Chief picks up a screwdriver with the sign, "Do My Duty," and pretends to use it. The Webelos combs his hair and stands taller.
Next the Den Chief picks up the pliers which has a sign, "God and Country," and pretends to use it. The Webelos stands at attention and salutes the flag.
Next the Den Chief uses a saw which says, "Help Other People," and the Webelos washes his face.
Finally the Den Chief uses a plane labeled "Law of the Pack," and the Webelos puts on his biggest smile.
Den Chief says, "Now this Cub Scout is really in good shape! Please join us in repeating the Cub Scout Promise."
After completing Handyman your boys qualify for the Order of the Crossed Bolts. This is an old order from way, way, way back. In fact, this order is so seldom given that no one really knows how old it is.
Anyway, you will need:
Two 2 1/2 bolts
One nut for the end of each bolt
Small, single strand wire
Purpose: To familiarize scouts with basic bicycle maintenance and adjustments. To acquaint the scouts with the pride and satisfaction associated with being able to personally take care of one's property. To build the can-do spirit.
Every Memorial Day and Labor Day
It won't be unless you dunk it in oil, let it drain overnight, blot and apply graphite.
Skip the dunk, if you're lazy, and squirt oil on the chain without taking it off the sprockets. If it crackles and squeaks, oil it more often than twice a year. A good chain should be seen, not heard.
Invite the Webelos to bring their bicycles to the next den meeting. First, have a safety inspection. Then learn how to change tires. See the Cub Scout How-To book for ideas on bike rodeo activities.
Divide the den into two teams. Have two laundry bags of household items at the front of the teams. Place an empty grocery sack at the end. Begin by having the first boy pull out one item and pass it on. When the item is deposited into the grocery sack, the end boy yells, "Next." Continue until all items are passed. Let the boys think that the object of the game is to be the first to empty their laundry bag and fill the grocery sack.
Take the bags away and give each boy a piece of paper. They have two minutes to write down what objects they remember passing.