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  1. Liz

    Wood finish for Baloo the Builder?

    Well, the requirements say they have to put a finish on one of their projects... and not all the kids did that with their raingutter regatta boats which they've already finished and moved on from. It's not a big deal for my daughter, who has also made a little catapult which she can apply a finish to, but most of the other kids are going to need to put some kind of finish on their bird houses to meet the requirements. Or maybe I can steer them to bird feeders instead.
  2. What kind of finish do you prefer to provide for woodworking projects? And why? What has worked for you in the past for kids this age and what didn’t work so well? The kids have said they’d like to do bird houses or bird feeders. I was thinking pure tung oil but my husband thought a latex paint would be better.
  3. Liz

    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    I see what you mean. I think in our Pack we have an overwhelming majority of Christian leadership, even though among the youth membership there's a great deal of diversity. That makes me more likely to err on the side of leadership being careful to be non-sectarian in their approach and encouraging the boys and girls to express their own faith traditions and be respectful of each others'. This dynamic may be different in different groups.
  4. Liz

    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    I think that's entirely different when the Scouts are offering their own prayers. I would encourage them to do it in their own way. I was assuming this was talking about adult leaders facilitating a group prayer.
  5. Liz

    use of the word "Lord" in scouting?

    As a Christian, I completely agree with this. "In Your Name" or "In His Name" are common ways Christians end prayers and it means exactly the same thing as "In Jesus' Name." IMO, it is a Christian prayer ending. If anybody else ever uses it, I have never run across it. It is specifically a reference to part of the New Testament aka Christian Bible and as far as I know definitely doesn't fit with the non-sectarian aim of a group Scouting prayer. In our Pack we have Christians, Jews, and a "reverent agnostic" for lack of a better way to describe it. I would shy away from using phrases coined by any organized religion, including this one.
  6. Liz

    Here's another mystery patch

    Found this shirt for sale with that patch included while browsing eBay today... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Boy-Scout-Long-Sleeve-Shirt-597-W-Badges-And-Patches/273521151499?hash=item3faf218e0b:g:SDkAAOSw7VtbxQlG:sc:USPSFirstClass!97405!US!-1
  7. I'll keep my eyes open. I think the ones I have were salvaged off uniforms from the "uniform bank" at the round table. It doesn't bother my daughter one bit, but OCD runs in my family... I don't actually have OCD but every once in a while I can display OCD-like annoyances at minor things like this. I've been scouring ebay but after squinting at hundreds of photos of patches for sale I still can't find a shiny numeral 1.
  8. Help! My daughter's numerals on her Cub Scout uniform are mis-matched. All her numerals were upcycled from previous uniforms. Two of the three numbers have the kind of shimmery style red background, and one (the numeral 1) is the plain matte background. Does anybody have a shimmery background red #1 patch they would be willing to part with for a reasonable cost? I have a few random things I could trade, including some other red numbers (not sure which ones, I know I have some 5s to spare).
  9. Liz

    Bear Claws

    Mine doesn't get a ton of use but it's been rattling around in a pocket or handbag for several years (at least 4 or 5) and hasn't broken yet. Probably if it was used heavily it wouldn't last a long time, but... it was under $5.
  10. Liz

    Bear Claws

    I'll try to borrow one first, and buy if necessary. I may still get this for the kids to use for opening packages, using the screwdriver, etc.. Or just ask the parents to provide one for each of their kids and float this as an option alongside the BSA ones if they don't have one already.
  11. Liz

    Bear Claws

    Ok, answer this for me: Are any of the pieces shown on this tool a can opener? https://www.cabelas.com/product/hunting/knives-tools/multitools/pc/104791680/c/104740380/sc/104461380/cabelas-multi-tool/2001015.uts?slotId=0 I know it's a $6 itty-bitty pocket knife. But I own one - slightly different model but I think I paid about $4 for it several years ago. Mine has a flashlight instead of all the other pieces, but it's a pretty solid little tool and it gets the job done. I'm still willing to explore the idea of borrowing one, but honestly it looks like hardly anybody other than Victorinox puts can openers on pocket knives anymore. And even they don't put it on half of their offerings.
  12. Liz

    Bear Claws

    Kids or cubs. Not just boys. Don't forget cub scouts isn't just for boys anymore. The requirements say "open a can" - you don't think that should be start to finish for each kid to open an entire can? We don't have that many cubs though. Most likely 4 cubs total (2 in the girl den and 2 in the boy den). I guess maybe some of them will choose to carve two items too. We'll figure something out.
  13. Liz

    Bear Claws

    I'm just afraid if they have to take turns it will take for-ev-er.
  14. Liz

    Bear Claws

    I actually have one of the $6 Cabela's multitools - it's a different model and has fewer options but includes a flashlight. It's tiny! Mine actually has a keychain attachment. But it seems decent quality. Thing is though, it doesn't have a can opener. I haven't spoken to the parents yet but I'll work on that.
  15. Liz

    Bear Claws

    Thanks, guys. I don't mind buying a $30 knife for my own kid, but I'm not sure I want to buy half a dozen of them... and I have a $50 gift card for Cabela's which is why I was looking there. The problem is you can't always be sure that spending $30 gets you good quality, although admittedly a $6 multitool probably isn't great quality. I was hoping Cabela's wouldn't put out something that was complete garbage with their name on it, but I don't expect it to be the tool the kids use through high school. Just trying to get something so we can get their tasks taken care of with. I know the can openers used to be standard and I know I've owned them in the past (and never used them) - but I'm not finding a lot of them on current pocket knives. I think scissors have kind of taken their place. Maybe I'll check to see if any of the other parents have one we can borrow.