I was asked to help out my nephews Bear Scout group (age 8) of troop 4012 to get their "Baloo the Builder Adventure" patch. The goal of the Baloo the builder is to "learn to plan and create a wooden project, using correct tools." We were limited to about 45mins of building time to get 4 kids through the build. Obviously with power tools 1 on 1 attention is a must. I took the time and taught each kid how to measure and set a combination square so they could mark the grid of the tic-tac-toe board. From there we then measured and found the center of each square (using the combination square again). I put a piece of tape on the drill bit so they would know when to stop, and helped them line up the drill bit correctly while hold the drill perfectly perpendicular. Each kid was responsible for sanding and finishing the project at home. My nephew decided (with the help of his dad) to cut the grid lines into his block so they would be permanent and painted his golf tee's yellow and red. The den leader (my mother) made little pouches from old levi's and paracord to store their new games in. This was a lot of fun helping out and teaching the youth. The kids have one more project that they need to build before they can fulfill the requirements. We are still working on ideas that are quick, easy and take minimal supplies to complete. If you have any ideas let me know! *Also note that I failed miserably by not having safety glasses. Lesson learned, don't assume that your father (a machinist), or mother (a certified safety professional) would have safety glasses. Of course before any tools were used we discussed safety.
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