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Jungle Animal Kerchief Slides September 14, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,

Since the theme for October is “Jungle Safari”, what goes better withSafariJungle2 a jungle theme than jungle animal kerchief slides? You can make kerchief slides that you construct yourself, such as foam animals, or you can buy toy jungle animals and hot glue them to a cut section of 1/2″ PVC sprinkler riser. Either way, this can be a fun craft for your den or pack meeting.

If you want to buy them, there’s a company that sells animal “toobs”, that you might have seen at your neighborhood Michael’s craft store. This company, Safari Ltd, has great jungle animals. They are also for sale Amazon.com (just do a search in the “Toys & Games” department for “Safari Ltd Toob”). I found the selection at my local Michael’s fairly limited, but priced well. They had quite a few of the 12-count toobs for $6.99, but only one that had a jungle theme (the “Monkey and Apes” toob).

You pay a bit more, but get a better selection at Amazon.com. Amazon has the “Jungle Mega” toob that has 24 jungle figures and sells for $16.79. They also have a “Zoo Babies” toob that has 12 cute baby zoo animals that sells for $10.00, although 2 of them (the panda and the polar bear) wouldn’t fit the theme. And they have others that could fit this theme.

Since these figurines have some weight to them, extra glue would be needed to make them adhere better to the PVC pipe section. And as I’ve mentioned on my Golf Ball Kerchief Slide blog entry before, make sure you have a PVC pipe cutter – a PVC cutter is great tool for making kerchief slides.

Although not wanting to over-promote this particular company, I have used the Safari Ltd insect “toob” before for kerchief slides – they made some really fun bug slides! So check out their selection of “toobs” and see if there are other ones you think would make great kerchief slides.

Kerchief slides are always a fun craft for the boys. If you are looking at doing a jungle-theme kerchief slide, consider a “toob” of jungle animals, if they fit your den meeting or pack meeting budget.

In Scouting,

 - Scouter Jeff <><

Sunscreen Kerchief Slide July 28, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,

The Cub Scout theme for August is “Fun in the Sun”. But who can have Sunscreenfun in the sun if you get sunburned? Since it’s easy to forget to bring sunscreen or reapply it, here’s a kerchief slide that will guarantee sunscreen is always close by (at least while your Scout is in his Class-A field uniform).

This is nothing more than a small tube of sunscreen with a PVC sprinkler riser section hot glued to the back. To prevent accidental spillage if the cap isn’t fully closed, I put the kerchief slide ring closer to the cap so that the cap would be pointed up. And since it has some weight to it, I put a little extra glue around the ring to give a better bond between the sunscreen tube and ring.

So next time you have an outing in your Class-A field uniform, you can have sunscreen close by.

Have fun in the sun, and be safe!

In Scouting,

 - Scouter Jeff <><

Golf Ball Kerchief Slide July 7, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,

With July’s Cub Scout theme being “Be A Sport”, I thought I’d share aGolfSlide golf ball slide we made once. This was simply half a golf ball glued to a section of PVC, but the boys really loved it. And since boys like to see inside things, the boys enjoyed making these.

When I made it, my boys were older, so I let them cut the golf balls in half. But no matter the age of your boys, be warned – it is not easy to cut a golf ball in half. If you doubt your boy’s skill level in any way, it probably would be better to pre-cut these before the meeting. When we did it in our den, us parents “risked our fingers” and held the balls while the boys cut (we wore gloves to offer some protection).

I always found that a dove-tail saw made a great saw for crafts, so we used these for this project. As a reminder, Cub Scouts are not allowed to use power tools, so any kind of power saw would be against BSA policy for this project (and would also be very dangerous to use on something so small). Also, don’t be tempted to use a hack saw for this type of project. Hack saws almost never cut a straight path in any material.

Since the golf ball is pretty heavy for a kerchief slide, I had the boys hang the PVC section fairly high on the ball, so most of the weight was supported at the top. And these required a little more glue from the glue gun to keep the ball attached.

As a side note, I always used 1/2″ PVC sprinkler risers when I made kerchief slides. They are a little thicker and didn’t slip on the kerchief as much as a section of white PVC pipe would. And if you don’t own one already, one of the best tools you can buy is a PVC pipe cutter. It’s a quick way to slice the PVC for your kerchief slides.

Kerchief slides are a wonderful way to have a fun craft in a meeting. And they are a great way to bring in the monthly theme to your meeting. Since just about anything small can be attached to a section of PVC, the options for kerchief slides are nearly endless. And as I’ve blogged about previously, having a bunch of kerchief slides are a great way to deal with uniform burnout. Here is the link to that post:

Another Use For Kerchief Slides

In Scouting,

 - Scouter Jeff <><

Another Use for Kerchief Slides November 3, 2008

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Hello fellow Scouters,

I have a feeling most who read this blog are very familiar with the fun you can have with kerchief slides. You know that anything that can be hot glued to a section of PVC pipe can become a slide. This weekend, me and my 2nd year Webelos son found an R2 D2 keychain on sale for a couple of bucks, and immediately the wheels in our minds started to turn. We bought it, took it home, unscrewed the key chain link, and glued R2 to PVC, and he now has an R2 D2 kerchief slide. He can’t wait to wear it to our den meeting tomorrow evening.

I have a bag of these tie slides that I use for a training aid. I have ones with a Hot Wheels car attached (for Pinewood Derby time), I have one with a small compass (for campouts), and even one with a Jack in the Box antenna ball (for no real reason). Along with training, I have been able to use this collection of  slides to help my son deal with “uniform burnout”.  When it comes to wearing his uniform, we used to have the “Why can’t it be the Class-B pack t-shirt” discussion. But now we make it a big deal where he can pick through the bag of slides and get one that he wants to wear for the meeting we are going to. He is actually glad we are in uniform for tomorrow’s meeting, because he can wear the new R2 D2 slide.

Even though this goes against the idea of “uniform”, as we have something completely different than the other scouts, it has helped my son want to wear his uniform. We have been very active since Tigers, and we have spent this current Scouting year dealing with burnout. So I find myself having to be creative to keep his interest in Cub Scouts, as he’s done so much throughout the years and can’t wait to go into Boy Scouts. And this is a little thing that has helped.

In Scouting,

- Scouter Jeff <><

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