Learning to work with wood to create fun and useful items is a good skill for anyone to have. This adventure will expose the Bear Scout to the safe and proper use of hand tools, how to determine the correct type of wood for a project, and how to construct an item. The adventure also offers a good opportunity to bring parents of the Scouts or other adults with woodworking skills into the den setting, asking them to help with some of the technical aspects.

This adventure can also serve as an introduction to the Boy Scout Woodworking merit badge offered.


  • Working with wood to create a project
  • Understanding basic tools and tool safety
  • Learning some basics about project planning (selecting a project, evaluating what is needed, choosing the proper type of wood, etc.)
  • Using math skills while measuring
  • Showing creativity and artistic skills with the final project
  • A Scout is trustworthy, helpful. [Bear Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 120)

  1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.
  2. Select, plan, and define the materials for the projects you will complete in requirement 3.
  3. Assemble you materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood.
  4. Apply a finish to one of your wood projects.


The woodcraft projects in this section are suitable for Cub Scouts and leaders who have had little experience working with wood. Check with your Cubmaster to see if a Family Talent Survey was conducted at the start of the advancement year; some family members in the pack may have woodworking skills and could help your den complete the adventure. Also, you can contact a hardware store, home improvement store, local carpenters, etc., for more tips, tricks, and information regarding wood tools and their uses.

Remember that Cub Scouts are not allowed to use power tools. Refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting for safety.

Prior to Meeting 1, if desired, invite a local carpenter, woodworker, etc., to assist with the den meeting. See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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