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Modified as per the Webelos Scout Book, © 1998, BSA #33108

GREEN TEXT = Content that has been MODIFIED in the 1998 Webelos Book
RED TEXT = Content that has been ADDED in the 1998 Webelos Book



Do These:

  1. Explain how to safely handle the tools that you will use for this activity badge.
  2. With adult supervision and using hand tools, construct two different wooden objects you and your Webelos den leader agree on, such as the items listed below. Use a coping saw or jigsaw for these projects. Put them together with glue, nails, or screws. Paint or stain them.

    Book rack

    Napkin holder
    Shelf Animal cutouts
    Bulletin board Garden tool rack
    Weather vane Lid holder
    Tie rack Mailbox
    Letter holder Birdhouse
    Notepad holder Desk nameplate
    Toolbox Letter, Bill. and Pencil holder
    Towel rack Bread box
    Recipe holder Key rack
    Lamp stand Measuring cup rack
    Kitchen knife rack Measuring spoon rack
    Kitchen utensil rack   

  3. Make a display stand, or box to be used to display a model or an award. Or make a frame for a photo or painting. Use suitable material.
  4. Make four useful items using materials other than wood that you and your Webelos den leader agree on, such as clay, plastic, leather, metal, glass, paper, rubber, or rope. These should be challenging items and must involve several operations.


Do Five of These:

  1. List 10 different things engineers do.
  2. Visit a construction job. Look at a set of plans. Tell your Webelos den leader about these. (Get permission before you visit.)
  3. Visit a civil engineer to understand how to measure the length of a property line. Explain how property lines are determined.
  4. Tell about how electricity is generated and then gets to your home.
  5. Construct a simple working electrical circuit using a flashlight battery, a switch, and a light.
  6. Make drawings of three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Construct a model bridge of your choice.
  7. Make a block and tackle and show how it works.
  8. Build a catapult and show how it works.
  9. Draw a floor plan of your house. Include doors, windows, and stairways.
  10. Explain how engineers use computers.


Do Six of These:

  1. With adult supervision, wash a car.
  2. Help an adult change a tire on a car.
  3. With adult supervision, replace a bulb in the taillight, turn signal, or parking light or replace a headlight on a car.
  4. With adult supervision, show how to check the oil level and tire pressure on a car.
  5. Make a repair to a bicycle, such as tightening the chain, fixing a flat tire, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.
  6. Properly lubricate the chain and crank on a bicycle.
  7. Properly inflate the tires on a bicycle.
  8. Replace a light bulb in a fixture or lamp.
  9. With adult supervision, arrange a storage area for household cleaners and other dangerous materials where small children cannot get them.
  10. Build a sawhorse or stool to be used around your home.
  11. Help take care of the lawn.
  12. Arrange a storage area for hand tools or lawn and garden tools.
  13. Clean and properly store hand tools or lawn and garden tools in their storage area.
  14. Mark hand tools or lawn and garden tools for identification.


Do These:

  1. Read Bernoulli's Principle. Show how it works.

  2. Read Pascal's Law. Tell about some inventions that use Pascal's law.

  3. Read Newton's first law of motion. Show in three different ways how inertia works.

And Do Six of These:

  1. Show the effects of atmospheric pressure.

  2. Show the effects of air pressure.

  3. Show the effects of water pressure. This may be combined with atmospheric pressure or with air pressure.

  4. Build and launch a model rocket with adult supervision. (NOTE: You must be at least 10 years old to work with a model rocket kit sold in hobby stores.)

  5. Explain what causes fog. Show how this works.

  6. Explain how crystals are formed. Make some.

  7. Explain how you use your center of gravity to keep your balance. Show three different balancing tricks.

  8. Show in three different ways how your eyes work together.

  9. Show what is meant by an optical illusion.