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Den Meeting 11

Activities Handyman Activity Badge: Requirements are to do the first requirement, and then six of 2 through 17 (This meeting plan does 1, plus 2, 5 through 8, and 10, as set forth below.):

  • 1.

    With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Responsibility Character Connection.

    • a.

      Know: List all the tasks you can think of that are necessary in keeping a household in good shape. Name the tasks that are your responsibility. Tell what it means to be responsible for these tasks.

    • b.

      Commit: Talk about what happens when people don’t do their jobs. Tell why it is important to be helpful and to be responsible. list ways that you can be more responsible on your own.

    • c.

      Practice: Choose one of the requirements and show how you are responsible by doing that task well for two weeks.

      • This discussion could be begun at the outset of the meeting, and continued as the different work list items are completed.

With sufficient help, you might have leaders conduct this at different stations for one-on-one or small group instruction and practice:

6. Make a repair to a bicycle, such as tightening the chain, fixing a flat tire, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.

  • 7.

    Properly lubricate the chain and crank on a bicycle.

  • 8.

    Properly inflate the tires on a bicycle.

  • 10.

    Replace a light bulb in a fixture or lamp.

  • 5.

    With adult supervision, show how to check the oil level and tire pressure on a car.

    • You can be a “tire detective” and analyze the tread on your family car—or any car. The tire tread offers many clues about a car’s condition and the way it is being driven.

    • Most tires have built-in tread wear indicators, which appear as hard rubber bars across the tread when it has worn down to 1/16 inch above the tire’s surface. When they appear in two or three places, the tire is too worn for safe driving.

    • Look at the pattern of tread wear on each tire. If the tread is worn in the middle, and not on each side, the tire is overinflated, or has too much air in it.

    • If the tread is worn on the sides and not in the middle, the tire is underinflated. Check the sidewall of the tire or the car owner’s manual for the correct inflation pressure. It will be listed in pounds per square inch (PSI). Then check the pressure with a tire gauge and have an adult help you add more air at a service station.

    • Because air in tires heats up and expands with driving, check the tire pressure in the morning before the car has been used.

  • 2.

    With adult supervision, wash a car.

    • Have the Scouts wash the den leader’s car—you’ve earned it! This can be done all at once.

    • This is set up as the last item done because it might get messy.

For a fun game, you might play Kim’s Game—Handyman Style:

  • Collect 20 items used for household repair jobs, such as a nail, washer, screw, nut, etc.

  • Lay these items on a table or tray.

  • Let the boys have a good look, then cover the items or remove the tray.

  • Each boy writes down as many things as he remembers.

  • Boys may be divided into teams to play the game.


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