Whittle While You Work

This month in Cub Scouts, we will work on our Bear Claws requirement. This requires us to use pocket knives. Needless to say, I am very excited and a little anxious about the boys using their knives.

As usual, for this adventure, I turned to the help of the Internet. I have been watching way too many videos about whittling. So much so that I feel like I could lapse into the Beverly Hillbillies theme song at any moment.

For the meeting, we will start out with soap bars and plastic knives to get the cubs familiar with the feel of the knife cutting through a substance. Later, we will switch to pocket knives and/or paring knives to cut the wood.

In my Internet travels, I came upon a site that had templates for cutting the three different pocket knives out of paper. You use those little brads to put them together.  I will add a picture of mine here for you to see. I thought this was a cute idea for an extra activity. If we have time, they could do this at the meeting. Otherwise, they can do it at home and bring it to the meeting.

I’ll be in touch to let you know how it goes.  I will have my first aid kit handy- just in case.

Happy Scouting!

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