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Crafts for Scouts

Crafts can be used to complete rank advancement requirements or just for fun. Crafts are especially important as a way for boys and girls in the Cub Scout program to express themselves and develop creativity.

So gather your supplies, arrange your meeting room, have a few helping hands, and do some crafts!

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Instructional Crafts

United States Flag Cootie Catcher

History of the United States Flag Cootie Catcher or Fortune Teller

Barb sent in this template and instructions for making a cootie catcher make a history of the US flag cootie catcher to help Cub Scouts. A cootie catcher, also called a fortune teller, is an orgami construct which can be used to ask and answer questions.

Good Manners Napkins

Do you ever feel like you are repeating yourself when you are teaching your kids table manners? Your Cub Scouts can make Good Manners napkins for their holiday table or even for everyday family dinners.

Leaf Collection Craft

One of the Wolves didn’t know what to collect for Collections and Hobbies. I knew he spent a lot of time outdoors and enjoyed nature, so I suggested he make a leaf collection. His mom helped him make a display…

craft stick catapult

Build a Craft Stick Catapult

When Scouts build a catapult, they can learn about physics and energy. An easy way to do this is with a small scale craft stick catapult.

Pin Hole Planetariums

Pinhole planetariums are fun for Scouts to make because the creation process involves hammers, nails, and flashlights. And they encourage Scouts to look up at the night sky to see what they have learned about constellations.

How to Grow a Sugar Crystal

Scouts can grow a sugar crystal with common household supplies. This is a STEM activity they can start at a meeting and then take home with them.

Eraser Prints of Animal Tracks

Eraser Prints of Animal Tracks

I received an email from a Scouter Mom who was doing a nature station at a camp and wanted information about making eraser prints of animal tracks. Here is some information about it in case anyone else wants to do this.

Creative Projects

Craft Stick Pencil Holders

Craft Stick Pencil Holders

Cub Scouts might enjoy making craft stick pencil holders to keep some of their school supplies in. Or they can give it to somebody else as a gift. This craft is very easy.

Leather Bookmark Project

A leather bookmark project is suitable for those who are new to the art of leatherwork. It is simple enough for those not familiar with leatherwork, but it includes the basics of cutting, punching, and stamping.

Water Bottle Holder Projects

Here are some water bottle holder projects I came across recently. Scouts will want to keep their water bottles with them when they can carry them in a water bottle holder they made themselves.

seed mosaics

Seed Mosaics

Here’s a spring craft idea for all of you Tiger leaders. Have the scouts make seed mosaics to give to mom for Mother’s Day.

Recycled Cereal Box Scrapbooks

Cub Scouts like to make scrapbooks with pictures and mementos. But you don’t need to go buy expensive scrapbooking supplies to make cereal box scrapbooks with your den of active boys or girls. Remember, their idea of a fun activity…

Mini Cub Scout Handbook (Neckerchief Slides)

Homemade neckerchief slides are a Scouting tradition. John A. (Cubmaster of Pack 528 in Cascade Pacific Council, NW Oregon/SW Washington) sent me this idea for a Cub Scout neckerchief slide which looks like a little Cub Scout handbook. Thanks John!

Seed Neckerchief Slide Craft

Seed Neckerchief Slide

Several years ago I attended a Cub Scout Pow Wow session on neckerchief slide crafts. They showed us a number of ways to make neckerchief slides from various materials.

Gourd Birdhouse

Use dried gourds to make a birdhouse. If you didn’t grow any yourself, you can probably find some in your area at a farmer’s market or even a craft shop.

Tin Can Lanterns

Tin can lanterns make a very versatile craft project for Cub Scouts. You can make the holes in any pattern you like – a star for Christmas, a ghost for Halloween, a heart for Valentine’s day. Webelos and Bears can…

Wolf Neckerchief Slide

Homemade neckerchief slides are a Scouting tradition. This slide is a fun way to get Cub Scouts involved in this tradition.

Twig Picture Frame

A twig picture frame craft is a DIY nature craft which can be made by Cub Scouts. This frame makes a nice gift for somebody special. It also can be used at a meeting about family heritage, to frame a…

Paper Bag Puppets

A den leader asked me recently about ideas for gathering activities. I suggested paper bag puppets.

Craft Stick Picture Frame

A craft stick picture frame is one of those things which 99 percent of you probably already know how to do, so I am really posting this just to remind you that things like this make a good gathering activity,…

Tiger Cub Friendship Bracelet

Tigers might enjoy making friendship bracelets to give to each other. The bracelets are very easy and inexpensive to make, so each Tiger can make several.

Leaf Prints

Nature crafts are good scout activities for several reasons. First, you can get the kids outside to collect the supplies. While they are there, they can look around and really see the outdoors. Second, they are usually inexpensive. And third,…

Crafts for Program Themes

cub scout trading cards

Cub Scout Trading Cards

With baseball season right around the corner, let your Cub Scouts make their own trading cards with “Cub Scout stats”. This Cub Scout craft works great with any sports themed den or pack meeting.

Bicycle License Plate Craft

Bicycle License Plates

If you are doing a cycling theme theme with Cub Scouts, they might enjoy making their own “license plates” for their bikes. They can put their names on them or decorate them however they like.

Kindness Fortune Teller

I needed a couple of activities for a recent meeting based on the Planting Seeds of Kindness theme. So one thing we did was make kindness fortune tellers (also known as cootie catchers.)

Clock Neckerchief Slide

Cub Scouts can make this simple neckerchief on their own. Use it as a gathering activity with the Turn Back the Clock theme.

donut snowmen

Donut Snowmen Craft/Recipe

This donut snowmen idea for Cub Scouts are both a craft and a snack. Make them out of powdered sugar donuts, some pretzels, and a few other easy to find ingredients.

Pool Tote Craft

If you are looking for a craft for your pack pool party or aquatics themed meeting, you could let the Scouts decorate their own pool totes. Then they can carry all of their squishy balls, goggles, dive sticks, and other…

CD Fish Craft

Instructions for a fish shaped craft made from old CDs. Make one or make several and put them together as a mobile. This also works well with an aquatics theme or even a nature theme.

Soccer Zipper Pulls (or any sport)

This soccer zipper pulls craft goes with any soccer themed party or gathering.I’ve outlined a basic idea below, but you can get creative and change it up however you want. They can use the colored beads at the bottom to…

Cotton Swab Snowflakes

You don’t need a lot of fancy materials to make these and they can be put together pretty quickly, so these could be done at a pack meeting or den meeting. They work well with a winter theme.

Crafts for Holidays

Holiday Napkin Rings

Cub Scouts can make this craft to brighten up a holiday table. They can decorate the napkin rings any way they want.

Halloween Craft, Snack, and Game Ideas

Craft, game, and snack ideas for your Halloween party or meeting. While some work best for younger kids, others are also appropriate for the older Scouts.

Patriotic Napkin and Utensil Holder

Independence Day is a fun holiday for making decorations. Here is a simple craft for your Fourth of July celebration which is actually functional. This one is best for the younger scouts.

Crafts for Leaders

Arrow of Light Centerpieces

Janice recently wrote to me with this message: “I need your help! I’ve been assigned to help put together our Arrow of Light ceremony / banquet. I’m at a loss as to what to do for centerpieces. We’ll have over…

Den Doodles

Den doodles are used to recognize Cub Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement.

An Unconventional Arrow of Light Award

Stephen made a light up Arrow of Light for his son and was kind enough to send in pictures and instructions if anyone else would like to make one.

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