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Boys like to make things, even those molded plastic toys or models put together with glue. The challenge for Cub Scout leaders is to find a craft suited to the monthly theme, holiday, or a special activity which is within the abilities and interests of a Cub Scout age boy, and is fun for them to make.

Finding crafts is not a problem. Cub Scouting literature is full of them, roundtable provides them, and various magazines and books also include suitable ideas.

Check the Cub Scout handbooks and you will find they are filled with an unlimited number of achievement and elective ideas involving crafts.

Help your den pick out the elective or achievement they need or are interested in and get them started on a handicraft project that will help them meet their requirement.

Keep crafts simple and inexpensive. Costly kits of materials are rarely appreciated by the boys any more than simple projects made from scrap material. Since den leaders work with a limited budget, cost is a big consideration.

¥ Crafts should be practical. Learning to braid is fun. Learning the braid a belt which can be used as a costume part is even better. Crafts should have some practical or decorative value and if possible, fit the monthly theme.

¥ Crafts should teach some skill such as carving, modeling, painting, weaving, measuring, etc. Merely gluing pieces together is not enough. Cub Scouts like boy-type crafts. They like to hammer, saw, lace leather and paint. They like to do new things.

¥ Crafts should be progressively more challenging.

¥ A variety of material and methods should be introduced through craft projects.

¥ Crafts should seldom require more than two weeks to complete. A craft project that drags out for a whole month is too difficult and takes up to much time. It may become boring. Start a craft in a den meeting and let them take it home to finish.

¥ Be sure the craft project is compatible with the work area.  Take the boys to the garage or outside for messier crafts.

THE CRAFT MUST BE BOY'S WORK, NOT THE LEADERS! In some cases leaders will be wise to pre-cut or pre-assemble certain parts of a craft which may be too difficult or too time consuming for the boys. But boys need to be able to say I MADE IT!

Craft Tips And Materials

GLUE - To save money, buy glue in a large container and pour it into smaller containers so each boy will have his own to work with. The best glue for plastic milk cartons is clear silicone. Scotch contact cement is good for wood and paper. Tacky glue is best for styrofoam. Egg whites make a good adhesive for bonding paper kits. To make a heavy duty glue, mix cornstarch with regular glue until mixture is as thick as desired.

PLASTIC - To cut plastic milk cartons, coping saws or jig saws will cut the thick portion easier than scissors or knives which ban be used to cut thinner parts. Use a nail to punch holes in plastic.

SCRAP PLASTIC AND LEATHERETTE - can be obtained from auto upholstery companies as scrap material. Use for Indian costumes, book marks, stool covers, etc.

PUPPET STUFFING - Worn out stockings, old rags, or plastic laundry bags.

CUTTING STYROFOAM - Some types of styrofoam can be cut with a knife - the kind with a serrated edge which can be used as a saw works best. Heavier types of styrofoam can be cut best with a coping saw or jig saw.

PAINTING PLASTIC BOTTLES - Mix tempera paint with a little powdered detergent. This makes it adhere to the bottles better. Acrylic paint works well too.

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