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Bear Baloo the BuilderBaloo the Builder,
a Bear Elective Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says this about the Baloo the Builder adventure:  “Learning to work with wood to create fun and useful items is a good skill for anyone to have.  This adventure will expose the Bear Scout to the safe and proper use of hand tools, how to determine the correct type of wood for a project, and how to construct an item.  The adventure also offers a good opportunity to bring parents of the Scouts or other adults with woodworking skills into the den setting, asking them to help with some of the technical aspects.”

Below you’ll find the requirements as well as ideas that will help you as your Bear works on Baloo the Builder.

Requirements:

1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.
2. Select, plan, and define the materials for the projects you will complete in
requirement 3.
3. Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood.
4. Apply a finish to one of your wood projects.

Handmade Hiking Sticks

handmade hiking stickA couple of years ago, one of the dads who was attending Cub Scout Day Camp with us shared his plans for making hiking sticks. They are awesome!  It will take the boys a few weeks to finish them, if they only work on them during den meetings.  The nice thing about this project is that the steps can be done during a den meeting or at home.

My Webelos den made these handmade hiking sticks, and they turned out great!  Parker used his on a cold January hike.  This is a good project for your Bears or Webelos. Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Table

tableI love the wood projects that we make at our Cub Scout day camp!  Because they are useful items, they aren’t likely to be thrown away.  I suspect that some of the children of our day camp attendees will see the table or chair or tray that dad built when he was in Cub Scouts.

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp. The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Chest

Cub Scout wood projects - chestI love that we build Cub Scout wood projects at our day camp.  The boys get to use tools that many of them have never used before.  And they are creating something that is a lasting memory of their day camp experience.

Our Cub Scout wood projects vary in difficulty depending on rank. The Tigers build a birdhouse, and the Webelos 2s build a chair.  If a boy comes to day camp every year that he is eligible, he’ll have five different projects.

With 200 boys coming to our camp, running the wood shop requires lots of volunteers.  We’re fortunate to have Boy Scouts from our local troops who help us.  We send many of them to the wood shop! Continue reading

Cub Scout Wood Project: Build a Wooden Chair

Cub Scout Wood Chair Project
Our local day camp does awesome Cub Scout woodworking building projects!  Each rank does a different project, so if a boy comes all five years that he is eligible, he will have constructed five unique wood items.

Here’s a list of the projects by rank:

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Cub Scout Wood Projects: Build a Tray

Tray wood projectsOne of the most awesome things we do at our Cub Scout day camp is building wood projects.  For some of our boys, this is the first time they’ve used hammers and screwdrivers.  The boys (and their parents) are so proud of their projects!

Our wood projects list by rank has been the same for at least the last seven years since I’ve been involved with the camp.  The items vary in difficulty depending on rank. We continue doing the same wood projects every year so that if a boy comes to day camp every year, he’ll have five different projects.

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Cub Scouts Birdhouse Plans

Building a birdhouse is such a great opportunity for our all of our boys.  They learn about taking something simple, such as wood, and turning it into something useful.  They learn about using tools safely.  And they learn about helping other creatures.

In the new Cub Scout Adventure program, there are several ranks that can build a birdhouse to complete an adventure.

Tiger Adventure – Backyard Jungle 4:  Build and hang a birdhouse.

Bear Elective Adventure – Baloo the Builder 3:  Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood. Continue reading