My twin sons have been Cub Scouts for two (2) years. They’re currently Wolves. While I’m not an official leader, I’m a relatively involved parent. I certainly try to help out when I can.
|I'm proud to say the Plotke cars dominated taking first in class and first overall.|
I followed the basic instructions set out by the Wolf Book, so we began by learning the names and uses of several tools. Though they weren’t the first dozen tools I’d have considered, we discussed: claw hammers, coping saws, C-clamps, hand saws, awls, hacksaws, files, adjustable wrenches, straight blade screwdrivers, phillips screwdrivers, slip joint pliers and needle nose pliers.
After showing and reviewing each tool’s purpose and method of use, I broke the kids into smaller groups and the were able to work with the hammers, both types of screwdrivers and both types of pliers.
|Controlling the force of the hammer blow vs controlling the aim was|
critical for the Wolves.
|It took all the force they could manage to hand drive the Phillips head screw.|
|Driving the straight head machine screws was much easier.|
The plier demonstration was the most fun. The book reviews how to use slip-joint pliers for both thin and thick items. For the thin item with the jaw closed, I had the boys move a piece of sheet metal between slots in two (2) 2x4’s. For the thick item, I had them move a copper pipe between two (2) holes in a 2x4. Since I most often use needle nose pliers while doing electrical work, I had the kids use the wires to bend a hook on the end of some small wires, then hand the wires on screws I had partially driven into a scrap of plywood.
|These 1x6's will soon be birdhouses.|
As the boys get older we’ll take them through more complex projects. For about two dozen eight year olds, it was fun to just introduce them to some tools and show them how they worked.