Age and rank-appropriate guidelines have been developed based on the mental,
physical, emotional, and social maturity of Boy Scouts of America youth members
in the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting.
These guidelines apply to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout
teams, and Venturing crews.
Guidelines for Cub Scouts Tool usage, woodworking
a. Point out and name seven tools.
Do this at home, or go to a hardware store with an adult. Tell what each tool does.
Cover tools used for woodworking such as saws, hammers, planes, screwdrivers, etc.
b. Show how to use pliers.
c. Identify a Philips head and a standard screw.
Then use the right tool to drive and then remove one from a board
d. Show how to use a hammer.
e. Make a birdhouse, a set of bookends, or something else useful.
Birdhouses: The basic birdhouse plan works for many species. What changes is the size of the house and the size of the opening. Birdhouse Plans. Plan #1, Plan #2, BlueBird #1, BlueBird #2, Robin, Duck Nest, Wren. Nesting box plans, dimensions and opening sizes.
BookEnds: The bookend consists of two pieces of wood connected at right angles. Then any pattern can be made and cut out for the “decorative part”.
Bookends , Teddy Bear Bookends , One board bookends
a. Make something useful for your home or school.
Start with a recipe card holder, or
Make and use a bench fork.
d. Make a door stop.
e. Or make something else.
Here is a suggestion, make a Bench Hook.
The purpose of the bench hook is to provide a stop against which a piece of wood being worked can be placed to hold it steady.
f. Make a model boat with a rubber-band propeller.
Make a Kite String Reel
e. Feed wild birds and tell which birds you fed.
f. Put out a birdhouse and tell which birds use it.
Birdhouse Plans: The basic birdhouse plan works for many species. What changes is the size of the house and the size of the opening. Birdhouse Plans. Plan #1, Plan #2, BlueBird #1, BlueBird #2, Robin, Duck Nest, Wren. Nesting box plans, dimensions and opening sizes.
a. Show how to use and take care of four of these tools.
Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers, Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit
b. Build your own toolbox.
b. Build a display for one of your models.
Build a weather vane. Record wind direction every day at the same hour for two weeks. Keep a record of the weather for each day.
b. Make a rain gauge.
b. With an adult's help, make a windmill.
c. With an adult's help, make a waterwheel.
a. Make and play a homemade musical instrument - cigar-box banjo, washtub bull fiddle, a drum or rhythm set, tambourine. etc.
Build and use a bird caller, or maybe a Flower Press
a. Build and use an outdoor gym with at least three items from this list.
Balance board, Trapeze
b. Build three outdoor toss games.
And do four of these:
7. Make drawings of three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Construct a model bridge of your choice.
8. Make a simple crane using a block and tackle and explain how the block and tackle is used in everyday life.
9. Build a catapult and show how it works.
and do six of these:
Plans - diagrams and notes
Ball and Bat Shelf,
Birdhouse key holder, Jig to make Nailing easier,
Flower Press, Foot Stool,
Sawhorse #1, Sawhorse #2, Scooter,
Table Hockey #1, Table Hockey #2,
Toolbox, Tie Rack
General Woodworking Sites
Plans that kids can build