HANDYMAN ACTIVITY BADGE
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.
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.
repairman, any servicing
or repair type job, factory worker, bike shop manager.
At a hardware store, visit the repair
shop, and acquaint the Scouts with a few specific and varied sections in
the store, like electrical supplies and hand tools. Look for ideas on how
to set up a storage area for garden tools and hand tools.
Arrange a presentation at a well equipped
home workshop. Observing the use of various power tools. Talk about
the safety precautions in a shop.
Build a sawhorse.
Arrange for a local mechanic to visit
your Den or visit his garage, perhaps he can show your Den the safe way
to change a tire, light bulb and to check the oil and transmission fluid.
Invite someone for the local bicycling
club to tell about the upcoming trips. Learn about the kinds of bicycles
that are used. Put on a bicycle rodeo for your pack or Den.
Check with the local fire marshal or
poison control center to find out how to store household cleaners and materials
that will be safe from small children.
Visit a service station. Ask an
auto mechanic to show the different types of equipment they use.
Watch a demonstration of preventative maintenance.
Visit a paint store and watch how colors
are mixed. Look at the variety of brushes and the types of paint.
Pick out a new color for your house and the trim.
A leaking faucet is usually due to a
defective washer and is a problem that can easily and quickly be resolved.
Shut off the water! If there isn't
a valve under or near the sink, turn off the main supply valve.
Unscrew cap nut of faucet.
Using a flat wrench, unscrew nut on faucet
and pull out stem assembly. (Cloth or cardboard under wrench jaws
Remove screw on stem assembly, pry out
old, worn washer, wipe out grime and put in new washer.
Replace screw and reassemble faucet.
Turn water back on.
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.
Have a family car inspection.
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.
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
Tighten chain, adjust saddle and handle
Lubricate chain crank
Check tire pressure
Inflate tire (empty first)
How to determine proper tire pressure
Give it the air!
Pump tires to the recommended pressure:
Balloon 22 to 35 lbs.; lightweight 50
lbs.; single tube 40 lbs.
Every Memorial Day and Labor Day
Is your chain a daisy?
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.
Clean and re-grease the crank bearings.
Don't be a poor peddler! Squirt
oil into the inner ends of the pedals. Spin them now and then.
If they don't spin quietly, oil them more often or repack with grease.