Cub Scout Building

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As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Carpenter Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended

See Personal Achievement Badges - Cub Scouts as well as Personal Achievement for Cub Scouts, including:

PAB Resources:

Scouters' Tips:

From the Scouter Manual:

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Cub Scout Building

Objective: I will explore various ways of building, including a variety of designs, materials and construction methods.

When planning your adventure, think about including:

  • an adventure in which you find out how a tool or a building material works
  • an adventure in which you work with materials or tools you have not used before
  • an adventure in which you build something you can use or someone else can use

Here are some ideas to help you start creating your own adventures

Note: some of these ideas might be made into more than one adventure.

  • What might you build for your backyard: a birdhouse, a chair, a plant trellis, boxes for plants or a table for a tree fort or playhouse? Design and then build, with appropriate guidance and help, something that will be useful in the outdoors.
  • Have you ever heard about soapbox derbies? Build your own car.
  • Get ready for your next Kub Kar races. How can you improve the speed of your car?
  • What building tools do you know how to safely use? Pick a tool that you would like to learn to use. Who can help you with learning the skills to use and maintain that tool? Put what you learn to use, either using the tool to make a repair or to build something.
  • Fix something that is broken and show your Lair how you did it.
  • Do you love building models? Pick and build a model of an interesting building, structure or vehicle that will challenge you.
  • What is it like to be a building engineer, a foreman on a building site, a carpenter, a cabinet finisher, an architect or anyone else who builds for a living? Interview somebody who designs or builds for a living. Find out about the person’s work and why he or she enjoys it.
  • Build a cardboard canoe and, with adult supervision, test whether it floats and balances with you sitting in it. How far can you paddle your canoe?
  • Build the tallest tower with limited resources. Choose four or five different building materials (drinking straws, plastic bricks, marshmallows, stones, etc.) What is the tallest tower you can build with each? How can you use them together to build an even taller tower?
  • Learn some basic knots and use them to fasten deadfall branches together to create a structure to use in your backyard, such as a frame for a fort, a trellis, a planter, etc.
  • Help with a home building project and learn skills for hammering nails, drywall taping and mudding, fixing a hole in the wall, hanging a picture, etc.
  • Visit a home renovations store or hardware store. With permission, take photos of tools and building materials that interest you. Create a slideshow telling about each of the tools and how they are used.
  • Try your hand at building a temporary shelter. What could you use if you were out on a hike and needed to quickly create a place to shelter from a storm?

Need some more ideas?

Look at the Trail Cards for Monkey City' (Creative Expression). Pick an adventure you’d like to try on your own.