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Submitted by Den Leader:
Carve boats out of Ivory soap. It is
easy to carve with table knives. Plus, Ivory soap floats. Make masts from tooth
picks. Make sails from felt triangles and glue to the toothpicks.
From Al Cormier, CM,
P701, Cardinal District, Robert E Lee Council, Richmond, VA:
a Quick Award?
Last year I had a Genius night at one
of my Pack Meetings. Well, it was the night before the meeting and I hadn't gotten any
awards for the Scouts. So I ran into my wife's sewing room and came up with this idea:
- lids from frozen orange juice cans
- construction paper
- white glue
- 1" - 1 1/2" X 10" strips of colorful scrap cloth or ribbon
- self-adhesive magnets
What to do:
- Cut the construction paper into circles that will fit into the rim of the OJ lid.
- Fold the cloth strips in half and cut the end at an angle.
- With the markers (or any other decorating materials) write, or draw whatever you wish on
the paper circles (Certified Genius, I Did My Best, #1, etc) and glue them to the lids.
- Spread the cloth strips and glue them to the back of the lid (leave room for the
magnet). The idea is to make this look like a "1st Place" award.
- Cut a 1" square from the magnet and stick it to the back of the lid.
When the glue has dried
you will have the perfect award, and it will be ready to be displayed on the best place in
the house for awards, the refrigerator door.
As a variation, you could have the Scouts make these at the beginning of the year. Have
them make them as fancy as they want. Then put them in a bag, and use one each time you
think a Scout has earned it.
- From the Editor: I saw a couple of craft ideas on television that I would like to
pass on to you. These were shown on HOME MATTERS, hosted by Susan Powell. I did not tune
in soon enough to catch the name of the person presenting the craft, but she was from a
magazine called FAMILY FUN CRAFTS. I liked these ideas because they
seemed easy, inexpensive, and creative.
Use a 1 gallon plastic milk jug. Wash and rinse thoroughly before using. Cut a 3 1/2
inch square from the front of the jug, near the bottom. (This can be done with a craft
knife. Do this before distributing to the Scouts. Let your Scouts be creative. The
buildings shown during HOME MATTERS were a doll house and a garage. The cap becomes the
Brownies would probably enjoy the doll house. Cub Scouts would probably enjoy making
With a Scout's imagaination, an assortment of construction paper, glue, markers, and
small boxes - could turn into furniture, tool chests, windows, signs, etc before your
I think this might even be a fun contest for a pack.
1. Ask each Scout to supply a clean, plastic, gallon jug.
2. Leaders should cut out the front section.
3. Distribute Milk containers at the Pack meeting.
4. Include with each jug, a copy of the rules and a list of categories in which prizes
will be awarded, such as: most creative, most original, prettiest, ugliest, funniest, etc.
5. An alternative would be to have each Den build Scout Town . Each Cub Scout could be
responsible for making a building such as: the town hall, grocery, gas station, police
station, school, etc. These could be completed at Den meetings or at home.
6. These would be great display for Scout Week Displays in local stores or school.
For this project you