Our Cub District's Summer Camp usually has a theme to the activities (or "bases", as we call them).

When we chose "Harry Potter" as the theme, I grabbed the chance of making magic wands as a base.

There are, of course, many other excellent wand-making instructables, but they tend to assume that you will not be working in a tent, in a field, without electricity.

This is my take on the trope, biased towards basic Scouting skills.

Step 1: Preparation

The leader running base will need:

  • A ball of natural cord, string or twine.
  • Scissors (to cut the string).
  • A roll of masking tape and a pen.
  • (Optional) Sandpaper
  • (Optional) Files or sandpaper files.
  • (Optional) Enough small, sharp knives for the size of the group.
You will also need to check out the site: if there are no sources of wand-sized twigs, you will need to gather enough twigs for the Cubs at the camp, plus extras for the inevitable requests from adult helpers who would quite like a wand for themselves or their younglings.

When collecting twigs, pay careful attention to the campsite rules and be respectful of the woodland environment. Do not cut branches or twigs from trees without permission, and never rip them off. Collect them from dead trees or fallen branches.
<p>This is a great instructable, I might ask my pack leaders if we can make these at summer camp. It's cool because cubs can do it, but it's not too easy or simple, so anyone(Even scouts nearly explores or explorers!)can make these and be proud of them.</p>
<p>Cool - post pictures if you make some!</p>
<p>I think I might whittle the handle, rather than using string. If it doesn't work I'll use your method though.</p>
Okay I'm a true Potter Head and I say that these wands are amazing! It's on my name list=)
<p>Cool, thanks!</p>
<p> Since you commented on mine, I figured I'd take a peek at what you've made. You've got some creative projects, and since I used to make these myself I thought I'd share an idea. When I was in cub scouts, we would take all the bark off (unless we wanted to keep certain areas on) and then lacquer it (many many times). It is also great for walking sticks, and the stumps can be used for something clever (such as ribbons for running competitions, etc...). I ended up giving one my my walking sticks to my grandfather since he had a quadruple bypass and is supposed to walk often for his health. I have't check yet, but if you haven't done walking sticks with the cub scouts, its a ton of fun! </p>
This is a more time-sensitive situation, the cubs will only have about 30-40 minutes, and we'll be in a field, on the edge of a wood, away from any workshop.
<p>also... I forgot to mention: we didn't use knives, we used wood planes to take the bark off (both more efficient and much safer). The walking stick is my dad's since mine is now residing in the home of a friend from Colorado, and the wand shown is before the lacquering. I usually take all the bark off of the wands except for where I want the handle to be. The lacquer makes the handle feel extremely smooth and comfortable in my opinion.</p>
<p>Cubs can't use knives until Bear level and after having earned their Whittling Chip. Yes, knives are a scouting tradition, but so is safety and responsibility. And paperwork. So much paperwork. You do not want to be the person filling out the insurance claim form if a Tiger hurt himself whittling. </p><p>Otherwise love the use whittling. You could use the opportunity to show them some great knot skills too like a couple hitches or decorative knots with that rope. (fulfill some requirements or electives)</p><p>-YIS</p>
<p>We're British, the rules are different.</p><p>The Cubs can't carry knives, but they can use them for craft zctivitiez</p>
<p>I didn't realize the rules were different! Good to know! Our 9, 10 and 11 year olds can carry to certain events only after earning the Chip, following the rules, and have to carry the card with them. Not many do except to campouts and outdoor activities because of school rules and many meetings being held at schools.</p>
<p>...or even activities!</p>
Could it also be a Boy Scout project for a Merritt badge
<p>True.</p><p><a href="https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/545/craft-activity-badge/?cat=56,135,156&moduleID=10" rel="nofollow">https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/545...</a></p>
<p>It looks great, also really clear. And, I love step 2 :)</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Nice project! Well documented. Voted! :-)</p>
<p>Thank you!</p><p>I hope it will be accepted into a couple of other contests as well...</p>
<p>Okay! In that case I will check back later and vote (again).</p>

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