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 Webelos
HANDYMAN ACTIVITY BADGE

HANDYMAN REQUIREMENTS

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.

CAREERS/SPEAKERS

Auto mechanic, refrigerator repairman, any servicing or repair type job, factory worker, bike shop manager.

ACTIVITIES

DEN MEETING FUN
  • 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.

PROJECTS

LEAKING FAUCET
  • 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 prevents scratching.)
  • 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.

BIKE RODEO

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.

BICYCLE MAINTENANCE

  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.

  • Tighten chain, adjust saddle and handle bars
  • Lubricate chain crank
  • Check tire pressure
  • Inflate tire (empty first)
  • How to determine proper tire pressure
  • Every Saturday:
    • 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.