Hiking Stick Craftsman Project

Cub Scouts love to get their pocketknives out and strip bark from fallen sticks. Why not make it into a project? They can strip the bark from a large sturdy stick and then sand it to make a hiking stick.

Make sure they have their Whttlin’ Chip cards handy and are following the rules when they do that.

You will have to do some work ahead of time to find some sticks which are appropriate for this project.

When the den JD was a Den Chief for crossed over to Boy Scouts, they presented him with a hiking stick they had all burned their names on. It is still one of his favorite Scouting mementos.

Hiking Stick Project


  • Sturdy stick, about 4 feet in length – oak works well
  • Pocketknife
  • Sandpaper


  1. Use your pocketknife to strip the bark from the stick.
  2. Sand the stick until smooth.

At this point, your stick is ready, but you might want to add some additional details:

If you have a woodburning tool, you can burn your name on to the stick.

Make a leather handgrip by cutting a piece of leather so it just barely wraps around the stick. Punch some holes into the ends of the leather piece with a leather punch. Then use leather lacing to lace the ends together while it is wrapped around the stick.

Drill a hole into the end and thread a shoelace through it and knot it. Now you have a way to hang it up when you are not using it.

3 Responses to Hiking Stick Craftsman Project

  1. Scoutmaster Shawn April 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM #

    These are great to make items with memories that can last a long time. I have made many different types of staffs, mostly for leaders. Personally, I use aspen, basswood or sassafras, as they are still strong, but are loads lighter. Thanks for the post, it’s about that time for me to get back into the shop and get some more made.

  2. Jena June 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM #

    Love your site! Has been tremendously helpful. For this walking stick activity, do you recommend dead dry limbs or fresh cut green limbs?


    • Scouter Mom June 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM #

      A friend who is into woodcarving told me that the best way is to start with a green limb and let it “age” for a few weeks before removing the bark.

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