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Crafts and 2015 Program changes

As I’m sure many of you know, the Cub Scout program and advancement requirements are changing effective June 1, 2015. As with any time program changes occur, a lot of people’s initial reactions are “Great, now I have to learn all this new stuff” or “How am I going to integrate this into my den/pack meetings?” The previous link provides some great resources for everyone and how to do just that, including an LDS unit integration plan. That being said, all my new crafts going forward will be posted with the new requirements in mind. This will help you immediately integrate the new program changes seamlessly into your unit and help give you some ideas of things you can do immediately after the changes are set to take affect.

 
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New Crafts Coming!! (This time for real!!!)

Well, it’s been nearly 3 years since an update, but that has not stopped people from visiting and enjoy our crafts. Thank you SO much. Sadly, I am no longer involved in scouting :( , hence the lack of updates. Shortly after I attended Wood Badge, I was asked to be our ward’s (I was a leader in an LDS pack) Varsity Scout troop (14-15 year olds). This lasted for about 4 months until my wife went back to work. Being a 1 vehicle family and her working evenings, this unfortunately meant I would have to give up scouts as we could just not make it work logistically with our kids. I have left this site up over the past couple years as a resource as I have received many wonderful emails from those who continue to use it.

Just a couple days ago, I was thinking to myself how I could continue to post here without being a cub scout leader (or even a scout leader) anymore so as to still provide a service to other scout leaders, without having a personal need to make all the crafts myself (yes, I used every single craft I made in my pack at the time). I finally came up with an idea when I realized, the crafts are already out there (some of my crafts I copied/tweaked/was inspired by other crafts I found)!! I can take those wonderful crafts and pair them the cub scout requirements to still provide the same service I started with to everyone!

So, be sure to check back for new crafts coming soon (I mean it this time). And as always, if you have a craft you would like to submit, we would love to post it.  Please email any/all images plus detailed instructions and a suggested category/categories for your post to cubmaster[at]cubscoutcrafts[dot]com.

 
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Pretzel (Faith) Neckerchief Slide

How many of you does this sound like? I had our April pack meeting all set to go and planned out, it was going to be great. I had all my ceremonies, props, activities, etc. Everything was ready. Then, a couple hours before pack meeting, I get a text message from our Committee Chair that we can’t use the gym at our church building where we meet because another group is using it. This means that we have to use one of the smaller rooms which won’t fit any of our games, activities, nothing. Sound familiar?

So, at the last minute I had to come up with a whole new pack meeting. The core value for April was Faith so our pack meeting was centered around that. With little ideas coming to mind, I jumped immediately to Baloo’s Bugle. In there I found instructions to make a simple neckerchief slide out of a pretzel, some craft foam, and pvc pipe. There is also a great story to go along with it that you can share that tells the history of the pretzel and how it relates to faith (see below). Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the finished product, but it’s a very simple craft so the step-by-step pictures really aren’t necessary.

Materials:

  • 1/2″ PVC pipe 1-2″ long
  • Craft foam
  • Pretzels
  • Hot Glue

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It’s been a while. New crafts coming soon!

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I last posted (almost 2 months now). Things have been extremely busy for me lately which has definitely hindered my ability to craft and post. Among other things, in the scouting world our pack has been getting ready for summer, day camp, done some service projects, and a couple outings among others. Lastly, I spent all last week (5/28-6/2) at Wood Badge training!! Yes, I am a Wood Badger now! It was an amazing experience and I encourage all leaders to make time to attend. I am currently doing the project planning for my tickets, one of which is a large craft item which I will definitely post here once it is complete. I will make sure to update once I am done with my tickets and have earned my beads as well. For those who are familiar with Wood Badge, or are Wood Badgers themselves, I’m sure this question is burning on your mind: “What patrol am I?” Well………

“I used to be a Bear, a good ‘ol Bear too,
But now I’m finished Bearing, I don’t know what to do.
I’m growing old and feeble, and I can Bear no more,
So I’m going to work my ticket if I can.

Back to Gilwell, happy land,
I’m going to work my ticket if I can!!”

How about you? Are you a Wood Badger? What critter are you? Share your experience (and your patrol) with others in the comments. Also be sure to check back for new crafts coming soon. And as always, if you have a craft you would like to submit, we would love to post it.  Please email any/all images plus detailed instructions and a suggested category/categories for your post to cubmaster[at]cubscoutcrafts[dot]com.

 
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Toilet Paper Tube Pen Holder

I got the idea for today’s craft from Shelley at Sew & Dipity. The craft is pretty simple but will prove itself extremely useful. I don’t know about you, but I can never find a pen or marker when I need one. I have a dry erase board for one of the vertical walls on my desk and this will work perfectly there.

You don’t even have to do it as fancy as Shelley or I did with the scrapbook paper, but if you have some lying around, it’s a great way to spice it up. Otherwise, you could find a design you like and just print it out on regular printer paper and use that, it really doesn’t matter. This was also my first Mod Podge project and I really liked it!

Materials:

  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Magnets
  • Hot Glue

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