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Webelos
CRAFTSMAN ACTIVITY BADGE

 CRAFTSMAN REQUIREMENTS

 

Purpose:  
Learn how to work with tools

Challenges:  
Wide range of abilities, obtaining adequate supervision, making a mess, inexpensive materials,

Solutions: 
This badge will be a favorite, but requires a lot of preparation.  Some projects, like leather work and cardboard, can be held at your regular meeting place. Others, like woodworking, should be held in a shop or garage where the sawdust can be contained easier. Because every Cub wants to do something, you'll need a large supply of hammers or set up cutting, sanding, nailing, and gluing stations.  Have small groups rotate around as the work progresses.  If everybody is starting fresh, you may need a second project to keep all boys busy. An adult helper or guide with each group or an adult supervisor at each station are both good methods.  Remember, everyone is included in the clean-up.

Resources:  
Collection of materials will be a challenge. Check with local companies for wood scraps.  Plywood is usable for most projects, but solid lumber such as pine is better for some cutouts. Hardwoods like oak, ash, and walnut are too hard for most Cubs to cut and shape; they may get frustrated.  When hardwoods are needed, precut and rough sand them in advance, leaving the finishing work to the Cub.
For leather crafts, check with companies for scraps that the boys can cut and tool.  6" square or round pieces of Masonite make good work surfaces for cutting and stamping operations.
First projects should be simple. Key chains are easy and make good gifts.
Clay projects are good for gifts and puppet heads that can be used for work in the Showman badge.
Try a ceramic shop for advice and possible help with glazing and firing.

Planning:  
The Craftsman is a multi-meeting project, and the Cubs may also do a lot of work at home.  The Cubs require a lot of supervision and help on most projects. Plan one adult for every two or three Cubs. Remember that tools used correctly are safe, but the incorrect use of tools can have serious consequences!

ACTIVITIES

 The activities included in the Craftsman section of the Webelos book help the boys grasp a basic understanding of using hand tools while building something from scratch.  They will require a lot of one on one attention during these activities. The best advise for you is to BE PREPARED for each den meeting and have a lot of help.

The set aside both November and December for the Craftsman activity badge. Your best friends during this time are the boys parents. Who can resist a trip down to the local hardware store to get just the right tool for the job. Remember also that these projects are just in time for Christmas.

There are a lot of suggestions in the Webelos book for easy to medium hard projects.  Experience has shown that boys this age are very eager to start cutting, hammering and gluing but don't know how to use the tools properly.  Most have never used a coping saw or hammer before. 

Begin by explaining how to safely use the tools that you will need to do the project.  Next demonstrate on a scrap piece of wood or plastic how to properly use each one.  You will be very surprised to see how hard it really is to use a coping saw, if not properly done.  This demonstration will save you a lot of time later on when the boys begin cutting on their projects. Let each boy try it on the scrap wood.
  • Visit furniture factory, lumber mill or lumberyard.
  • Some local home centers offer special weekend classes for Webelos age children.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration on the safe use of tools.
  • Visit a construction site or find out about helping with a Habitat for Humanity project.
  • Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration of leather craft and explain how to use leather tools.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration of metal work, using tin snips and a vise.
  • Have a nail driving contest.
  • Build a bridge for pack crossover ceremonies; tie it into the Engineering pin.
  • Tie in with the Scholar pin and discuss how education helps when doing crafts and working in the technology field.
  • Some local home centers offer special weekend classes for Webelos age children.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration on the safe use of tools.
  • Visit a construction site or find out about helping with a Habitat for Humanity project.
  • Visit a tannery or leather goods manufacturer.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration of leather craft and explain how to use leather tools.
  • Invite someone to give a demonstration of metal work, using tin snips and a vise.
  • Have a nail driving contest.
  • Build a bridge for pack crossover ceremonies; tie it into the Engineering pin.
  • Tie in with the Scholar pin and discuss how education helps when doing crafts and working in the technology field.

WOODEN BASKET

Cut bottom from 3/4 inch pine and six sides from 1/4-inch scrap. 
Drill holes in side pieces as shown. 

basket
Start small nails in the bottom of each side piece and tack them to the bottom. 
Thread 30 inch shoelace around the top as shown. Then pound nails in securely. Shellac or paint.

CANDLEHOLDER
candle holder
Cut 2 inch wide strips from a tin can. Smooth sharp edges with file and emery paper. Be careful with tin edges.
PEDRO DOORSTOP
pedro doorstop
Use grid method to enlarge Pedro pattern to about 7-by-6 inches. 
Trace on 1/2 inch plywood or scrap and cut with coping saw. Paint as desired.
Toy Boat plans
  
WORKING WITH LEATHER

Leather crafting is a hobby that many boys may carry into adulthood. It is best to start with simple projects like key chains and coasters and let the boys work their way up to more difficult items such as wallets or belts.  Look in the yellow pages for leather crafting supply stores near you. 

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Dampen leather with a sponge for ease of tooling, but don't have it dripping wet.
Have the boys draw a design on paper before starting. They can trace the design onto their piece of leather with an awl.
Let the boys practice with their tools on scrap leather first.
Leather stains or acrylic paints will give projects added dimension.
Put a wood board under each boy's leather piece while he is working