|Your standard, run-of-the-mill BSA Neckerchief Slide.|
Mr. Kill is, of course, out of his mind and still has nightmares about the Carpentry Merit Badge. *flashback dream sequence* Carpentry Merit Badge was an obsolete merit badge that was brought back in 2010 for the Boy Scout's 100th anniversary. It was only offered for the year, and then retired again. The troop committee thought it would be cool to have as many boys in the troop as possible earn this badge because of the historic significance (something to tell your grand kids when they're in scouts). And yours truly rogered up to conduct the classes and the final project, which was a simple foot stool, shown here:
So with that memory still stuck in my head, I am setting out to hold another troop-wide craft event. And it WILL last only one day. To make this as simple (and painless) as possible, I (with the help of my less-than-willing alleged son, The Pudge) will make a bunch of blank neckerchief slides out of PVC Pipe and wooden discs before-hand. They will be pre-painted in black, green or brown (mostly green and brown and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis). They will consist of either a ¾” long PVC pipe with a flat spot or have a 1 ½” wooden disc glued to the ¾” long PVC pipe with a flat spot. A hot glue gun (operated by an adult) and paint and brushes will be available to finish the slides.
So (and borrowing from an email I sent out to the troop) each scout will be required to bring some sort of object that can be firmly glued to the flat spot or disc. Some suggestions would be:
1. Something from a camping trip or troop activity such as a stone, sea shell or other similar trinkets.
2. Something from home or a family vacation that has meaning for the scout such as an arrowhead, board game piece (get permission from your parents on this one), decal or small figurine.
3. Craft objects that could be made into a design such as dried pasta, beads, buttons or nuts and bolts.
Keeping in mind the item they bring:
1. Will be permanently glued to the slide with a hot glue gun.
2. Must be boy scout appropriate. It has to be something that they will be proud to wear with their uniform and at the same time doesn’t offend anyone.
3. Must be durable. They will be sliding it on and off quite a lot and they don’t want to have to fix it all the time.
This is what the prototype slides look like before the junk the boys bring gets glued to it:
|This got blurry, but you get the idea.|
I figure I only have to make about 40 more. Oh, the Scoutmaster has decided to do this in early February when we have the Webelos from one of the local Cub Scout Packs visit. The last thing the Webelos do before aging out of the pack (at the ripe old age of 11) is visit local Boy Scout Troops to see if they would be interested in "crossing over". Webelos that decide to continue on with scouting and cross over to a troop earn the "Arrow of Light".
So if they decide to join our troop, they'll already have a neat neckerchief slide. If they join another troop, they will impress that troop with how prepared they are (the Boy Scout Motto). If they choose not to continue with scouting, then they will have a neat souvenir that also doubles as a napkin ring or dust collector.
To be continued in February...