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I've already donated over 300 (leatherworking) stamps to the 4 sets of Day Camp (for our Council in Las Vegas, NV) tools and have another 300 that will be going to our Summer camp and Girl Scout set that I am putting together. I am documenting my progress in putting the leather tool sets together and will be able to provide information about what works and what doesn't in order to help other councils do the same. Of note to all the Scouters out there willing to donate leather tools and stamps. I especially need the following: All 2d/3d stamps & sets, even if incomplete All sizes of 2d/3d Stamps 1", 3/4", 5/8", 1/2". 3/8" & 1/4" Any 2d/3d stamps in the number range 8500 to 8549, especially the Jewish and other religious symbols. All Scout stamps 13 sets of the Cub Scout Stamps (8532, 8445, 8442, 8441, 8443, 8444, 8440 & some have no number) 17 sets of the Boy Scout Stamps (Craftool 8508, 8543, Some have no number) 7 sets of the OA Stamps (8508, 8545 & 8411) 6 sets of the Wood Badge (8544, 8412, 8413, 8414, 8415, 8416, 8417, 8148, 8419 & ?) 7 sets of the Girl Scout Stamps (Craftool 8483, 8484, 8485 & 8486) Yes I'm working with Girl Scouts also. Alphabet and number sets, even if incomplete 3/4" & 1/2" Standard Alphabet 3/4" & 1/2" Numbers 3/4" & 1/2" Wood Alphabet 3/8" Fancy Alphabet 3/8" Fancy Number Set Any other sets that the kids would like Swivel Knives and Blades Poundo boards All Handle Stamps and Stamp Sets Tool handles for 3d stamps 500 - Large Handles 1200 - Small Handles (These are being glued to the smaller stamps so they don't get lost as easily) Mallets 182 - Wooden Mallets 130 - Plastic or Rawhide Mallets 48 - Number 2 or 3 Edge Bevelers Please PM me if you can donate leather tools and stamps. . (ed - RS) Thanks for you assistance. Dale
OK, I worked my 1st Cub Scout Day Camp. I handled the Leather Craft table. (See my other posts if you are interested in leatherworking and scouts). I have a lot of unique experience with kids since my mom ran a daycare from our home while I was growing up. We helped out when needed and I treated the (12) kids like little brothers and sisters. It was good practice for raising my own kids and many of the kids brought their own kids later in life when my mom opened a larger center with 125 kids. I've done some leatherworking with girl scout and boy scout troops but It's been a long time since I worked with groups of young boys (and a few girls) and it brought back some memories. We had a specific project to work on and a bit of information I had to pass on, and their attention span was low. These kids don't care about where leather comes from and how it's processed. Why would they? But just before the 1st session I was handed a sheet of paper with information on Italian leather. Apparently I was to inform them about this leather and it took me a couple of sessions to figure out why. The theme was "Passport to Adventure" and I was Italy. For me, the best method I've found when working with young kids is to be a performer and treat them as the audience. But you need to engage them in the "act". Lots of silliness and audience participation. And I'm ok playing the "fool" so this works for me. So after introductions and spending a few minutes just talking about whatever popped up I, I told them it's time to start and flat out said, "OK, we're going to do a leather project today. But first we have to go over some boring stuff." Now the important thing about making a statement like this is that whatever you say during the boring part can't be boring. I felt like I worked out a pretty good routine throughout the day. Next was the description of the project and a demo on how to use the tools. I discovered that it is best not to pass out the tools until just before you turn them loose on the stamping tools. I showed them samples that looked good with some design and also some that were just random stamping, all over the place. And as much as it kills me to see random stamping I told them it was totally up to them what they wanted to do. At this age I think it is important that with any art they should decide what looks good to them. Now we cover the rules. I do this last because they would not remember most of them if I did them earlier. This is not the time for silliness. The key is to present the rules and explain the consequences if they are not followed. Basically, telling them not to use the tools for anything but what they are designed to do, for our project, and if they didn't then I would take the tools away and they wouldn't be able to finish the project. Keep the list short and sweet. After I gave them the rules I had them tell them back to me. Then I hand out the basic tools and turn them loose, while I'm repeating the rules again. I was really surprised to see many of the kids put in some actual thought before they started stamping. But there were also a lot that NEED to stamp on every square micro-millimeter of the leather, front and back. Even when they say they are done they find a place where one more tiny stamp might fit. I made a list of some additional things to bring in to the next day camp. Samples or leather items, additional supplies and such. All in all it was a pretty good experience and I look forward to the next one. But, as I was asking about the next one. I found out that each district, within the council has their own volunteers. Silly me, I thought that there was a group of volunteers that moved from district to district until they were all completed. Like Gypsies moving from town to town. But nooooo. It isn't that easy. I have to WORK to be a volunteer. There are 9 more this summer, but only 6 that I can be at. I want do as many as I can in order to work towards my ultimate goal within the council regarding the leather program (see my other posts). Dale
I'm doing some research about leatherworking in scout troops and packs. I'm doing some research about leatherworking in Scouts. For Cub Scout Packs: How often do you do leatherworking in the pack? Who owns the tools? Pack, Scouter, borrowed, other. Do you have a problem keeping track of the tools from year to year? How much do you spend every year replacing tools that get lost or stolen? How much do you spend on new tools every year to expand your collection? How much do you spend on other related items, not including projects. What kinds of projects do you do? For packs that don't do any leatherwork other than camps and expos: Would you like to? What would you need? What kind of projects would you like to do? . Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks, Dale