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Picture of Harry Potter Wand - Cub Scout Craft Project
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.

Step 2: Gathering wands

A wand reflects the wielder, so the first thing to do is send the Cubs off to find *their* wand.

They need a stick or twig that feels "right" to them - not too long, not too short, not too fat, not too thin. Discourage staffs, as the Cubs will end up waving them around in unsupervised excitement, and skulls may be cracked. Tell them that only senior wizards are allowed staffs (and, anyway, a magic staff actually has a wand hidden inside it).

Remember to remind your Cubs of any site rules; boundaries that must not be crossed, not to take branches from live trees etc.
 
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Kiteman (author) 8 months ago

I'm entering this in a bunch of contests - if you can see a "vote" banner at the top of the page, I'd be grateful for a hit.

0fortheday6 months ago

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!

Kiteman (author)  0fortheday6 months ago
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.

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.

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mommyholland8 months ago

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.

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)

-YIS

Kiteman (author)  mommyholland8 months ago

We're British, the rules are different.

The Cubs can't carry knives, but they can use them for craft zctivitiez

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.

Kiteman (author)  Kiteman8 months ago

...or even activities!

Bobey8 months ago
Could it also be a Boy Scout project for a Merritt badge
Kiteman (author)  Bobey8 months ago

It looks great, also really clear. And, I love step 2 :)

Kiteman (author)  emilyvanleemput8 months ago

Thank you!

hunter9998 months ago

Nice project! Well documented. Voted! :-)

Kiteman (author)  hunter9998 months ago

Thank you!

I hope it will be accepted into a couple of other contests as well...

hunter999 Kiteman8 months ago

Okay! In that case I will check back later and vote (again).

Kiteman (author)  hunter9998 months ago

Cool!