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Projects for Scouts

Projects for Scouts give youth an opportunity to build something useful. Make sure your project is appropriate for the age group and don’t forget about safety instruction for any tools you will be using.

Do you have ideas for projects for Scouts that you’d like to share? Contact me and I’ll share it here. If you have a photos of your project, I’ll add those also.

Useful Items

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. This is one of my favorite projects for Cub Scouts.

Water Bottle Holder

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.

Duct Tape Wallet

I came across this idea and thought they would enjoy it. After all, what Scout doesn’t enjoy using duct tape?

Tic Tac Toe Game

I thought this would make a good project for my Webelos. We’ll made this in December to give away as Christmas presents.

Duct Tape Napkin Rings

Scouts can never do too many duct tape crafts! I found these very cute duct tape napkin rings and the instructions.

Tin Can Lanterns

Tin can lanterns makes 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…

Hiking Stick

Cub Scouts love to get their pocketknives out and strip bark from fallen sticks. Why not make it into a hiking stick project?

Cat Chase Ball Track Toy

Make a Cat Chase Ball Track Toy

Crafting a DIY Chase Ball Track cat toy is a budget-friendly, hands-on project that fosters creativity and practical skills. With common materials like clear plastic plates, a round bowl, and a ping pong ball, this activity is accessible to Scouts of varying ages. By gluing the bowl between two plates and adding stickers if desired, Scouts can create an engaging toy for their feline companions. This project underscores the values of Scouting, promoting resourcefulness, teamwork, and a sense of achievement in a simple and enjoyable way.

Camp Gadget Projects

Boot Scraper Camp Gadget

Boot Scraper Camp Gadget

Here is a really simple camp gadget I saw at a camporee a few years back. It was a simple boot scraper camp gadget for scraping the mud off of the bottom of the boots.

Hand Washing Station Gadget

This is a gadget which was shown to us at a recent Roundtable. It uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.

Pot and Towel Rack Camp Gadget

These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack. There is a small picture of a similar gadget in the Scouts BSA handbook.

Neckerchief Slide Projects

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.

Easy Neckerchief Slide Holder

Making and collecting neckerchief slides is a Scouting tradition. A neckerchief slide holder will help keep them organized.

Wolf Neckerchief Slide

Neckerchief slide projects are good for younger Scouts. This slide is a fun way to get Cub Scouts involved in this tradition.

Mini Cub Scout Handbook

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!

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.

STEM Projects

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. There is also a video explanation of how to build a Craft Stick Catapult

Pinewood Derby Cars

I’ve told the Cub Scouts that they can count work on their Pinewood Derby cars towards any appropriate craft or building requirement, such as the Build It adventure, if they did a significant amount of work on the cars themselves. Cub Scouts also learn some physics concepts as they test their cars.

Egg Drop Challenge – An Engineering Project

In an egg drop challenge, Scouts try to design a container which can prevent an egg from breaking when dropped. This is an excellent project to get kids interested in science and engineering.

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.


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