Scout trebuchet?

We are going to a scout camp soon where we launch water balloons at each other. Does anybody know how to make a trebuchet or ballista out of poles and rope?

Question by pmgroundhog 8 years ago


"Boy's Life" Archives

 http://boyslife.org/wayback/ I most remember "scouts in action" these were cautionary tales, as well as how to get yourself or a stranger out of a tight spot. They seem to be about page 45 to 65. Common topics: "trapped in quicksand" or " when the cave collapsed" or "the chemistry set explosive went off in his hand!!" But there was so much more, like how to make stuff with sticks, rope and knots. So much of my kidhood was howto based on scout stuff. I'm tryin to figure out how to paste  pics from the mag at the above link.

Topic by Toga_Dan 2 years ago


I need help with weaving for Boy Scouts.

Im trying to weave a cube box and a round box but I just can't find any instructables on that stuff. P.S. It's for my Boy Scouts so don't get any funny ideas.?

Question by darthtrooper 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Northern tier

Some pictures for linuxmom, who requested them

Topic by jakee117 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


New Jersey knife laws? Answered

I am 14 and a boy scout. Is there any restrictions on carrying a pocket knife that you know of? I have the totin chit thing.

Question by Thelonelysandwitch 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


The best cheap pocket knife? Answered

Ok, I need you guys help. I want a folding pocket knife that is in the price range of $0-35 bucks. I want it to be tough for every day use and possibly heavy abuse. I also need it for scouts. Can you guys help, Thanks.

Question by Thelonelysandwitch 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Knex single shot gun?

Are there any knex guns that are bolt action and single shot. to load you pull the bolt back, insert bullet, push bolt foreword and turn it. shoot. If you are in the boy scouts you know what I am talking about. It also should look realistic enough.

Question by pmgroundhog 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


HELP, I NEED / desperately want A SUPER BRIGHT FLASHLIGHT for camping / boy-scouts [answered]

Inappropriate Incomplete Spam first thing first, i want absolutely the BRIGHTEST flashlight i can my hands on! how many lumen's should i shoot for (to impress others)? 100, 270, 350, 600, 900, 1500, 3600, 5000+ (5000 Lm i pretty sure is overkill)? i have an led flashlight i got for 12$ and is advertised to be over 600 Lm but I'm pretty sure its maximum is 70Lm. (it seems to be slightly brighter than the 9 LED tactical flashlight i had) but I'm not sure. i have no light meter. the LED itself is (as advertised) is CREE (i don't believe that either but again, I'm not sure).   i would like to make portable HID flashlight. my plans are to: BUY: 6V LANTERN HID KIT (BULBS) HID BALLAST 12V BATTERY (I"m not sure where i could find a suitable 12-15V 35W [or more] battery that will fit nice and snug in the lantern with room for the ballast. the battery should last almost a week with some moderate use.) i think a drill battery would work. i will take the original light out and replace it with the HID. then, i will need to find a place for the slim ballast [but where???] . then,i need to find a battery (i think a 12V drill battery should work [will a 14.4V drill battery with the case off fit in the modified 6V lantern flashlight? if so, where can i buy a affordable and well suited 12V-16V battery?] if there isn't any small, powerful (and preferably cheap), battery in existence? [4 by 4 by 2 array of AA rechargeable batteries seems promising and so does 6^2 by 2 array seem promising. 6 by 6 by 2 AAA] will the ballast and lamp work with less power (6W-34W)? is there a simple and small ballast circuit schematic i can follow? i never found one. so i assume no. :-( also is the 5000K neutral white, warm or cool? (i think it is the closest to neutral white with a VARY slight blueish tint) i think i got a grasb on this and i want 6000K (i want something led white but still bright and useful enough to easly see what i'm doing on campouts)

Question by -max- 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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Topic by canida 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


When doing the egg drop for the parachute I was wondering if we should cut a hole in the top or not?

Me and  my brother are doing an egg drop for his boy scouts and for the parachute we are using a paper plate. But I don't know whether to cut a hole in the top to make it go faster or to leave it whole.

Question by AnneB47 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


what dye/ how much do I use to tie-dye 50 t-shirts ????

I need to tie dye 50 shirts at a cub scout camp out. does anyone have any awesome ideas as to what dye / the best way / best tie, is it wise to concentrate dyes , since we can't dip fabric for too long etc. Camping you know. 50 little boys.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Kayak materials to use as teaching aides?

I teach at a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin, and one of my main duties is our kayaks.  One requirement involves teaching different materials for kayaks (canoeing has the same requirement) and I was wondering if anyone had an idea on where I could get different material samples/scrap/castoffs to use as a teaching aide. Off the top of my head, the materials are polyethylene, Kevlar, Royalex, carbon fiber, and fiberglass.  Any suggestions?

Question by nlaluzerne 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Fun Fire Toy

This is a fun toy I made in the Boy Scouts to scare the younger kids. First take three pages of newspaper, roll them up, and tie it tight with a long thin rope. Then take a candle, light it, and pour the wax over everything but a small edge of the rolled up paper. Light the one end, and if done correctly, the 'toy' should last a few minutes. The long rope gives you the ability to swing it around in the air, and scare people with it. I am not resposible for any burns, forrest fires, or any other type of injury or fire. Use at your own risk, and keep water handy, just in case.

Topic by invisiblepaintballer 12 years ago


Cast Iron or stainless? Answered

Next weekend, I'll be going on a campout with my boy scout troop. (Nothing new to me). As every year, we will be having a mock  "Iron Chef" competition. A charcoal pit will be provided for the cooking, as will some cast iron dutch-ovens. I would like to bring my own fry pan however. I am debating whether to bring a stainless or cast iron. I have both, and am fairly well able to cook with both. (besides my horrible cooking skills.) However, I'd like to see some suggestions, and here some viewpoints on the matter. I am not certain if we will be allowed the use of our propane stoves or not.

Question by dkop1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Model sailboat for teaching?

Hello, I work at a Boy Scout Camp over the summer, and one of the merit badges we teach is Small Boat Sailing.  Most of the merit badge goes smoothly, but kids seem to have a hard time with points of sail.  Our plan is to make a small model to put in a tub of water and use a handheld fan to demonstrate the effect the wind will have on the boat at different angles and sail positions.  Any tips on this?  I tried finding models that were accurate, but they were out of our price range.  I want the sail and mast to be able to rotate smoothly, and the mainsheet to be able to be locked and unlocked.

Question by nlaluzerne 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can someone help me use an exercise bicycle to build a kid-powered fan?

My fourth grade classroom is very hot in June. I would love to teach students how to use an exercise bicycle, their energy, and other needed parts to build a kid-powered fan or air conditioner.  I have an exercise bicycle (basement - gathering dust).  I also have a ready supply of kid-power.  Some of my students have enough energy to ride the bike all day.  My dream situation would be to cool (not just move) the air.  But, if moving air is the best I can do, so be it.  I would like to help those that are able to actually build this - thus we are in need of readable instructions.  I think I would be able to obtain custodial/boy scout leaders to assist.  This might even interest some of the 7th and 8th graders.  Please help us!!

Question by vbmom130827 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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Topic by BrookeKilby 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago