RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

This adventure will help Scouts develop their motor skills and increase their knowledge of tools and safety procedures. Each boy will gain the confidence he needs to react properly and help out if certain home or auto repairs are needed.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Home repair knowledge and skills
  • A Scout is helpful. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 384)

Do all of these:

  1. Put a Fix It Toolbox together. Describe what each item in your toolbox can be used for. Show how to use three of the tools safely.
  2. Be Ready. With the help of an adult in your family, do the following:
    a. Locate the electrical panel in your home. Determine if the electrical panel has fuses or breakers.
    b. Determine what sort of fuel is used to heat your home.
    c. Learn what you would do to shut off the water for a sink, a toilet, a washing machine, or a water heater. If there is a main shut-off valve for your home, show where it is located.
  3. Describe to your Webelos den leader how to fix or make safe the following circumstances with help from an adult:
    a. A toilet is overflowing.
    b. The kitchen sink is clogged.
    c. A circuit breaker tripped, causing some of the lights to go out.
  4. Let’s Fix It. Select and do eight of the following. You will need an adult’s supervision for each of these Fix It projects:
    a. Show how to change a light bulb in a lamp or fixture. Determine the type of light bulb and how to properly dispose of it.
    b. Fix a squeaky door or cabinet hinge.
    c. Tighten a loose handle or knob on a cabinet or a piece of furniture.
    d. Demonstrate how to stop a toilet from running.
    e. Replace a furnace filter.
    f. Wash a car.
    g. Check the oil level and tire pressure in a car.
    h. Show how to replace a bulb in a taillight, turn signal, or parking light, or replace a headlight in a car.
    i. Help an adult change a tire on a car.
    j. Make a repair to a bicycle, such as adjusting or lubricating the chain, inflating the tires, fixing a flat, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.
    k. Replace the wheels on a skateboard, a scooter, or a pair of inline skates.
    l. Help an adult prepare and paint a room.
    m. Help an adult replace or repair a wall or floor tile.
    n. Help an adult install or repair a window or door lock.
    o. Help an adult fix a slow or clogged sink drain.
    p. Help an adult install or repair a mailbox.
    q. Change the battery in a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector, and test its operation.
    r. Help an adult fix a leaky faucet.
    s. Find wall studs, and help an adult hang a curtain rod or a picture.
    t. Take an old item, such as a small piece of furniture, a broken toy, or a picture frame, and rebuild and/or refinish it. Show your work to an adult or your Webelos leader.
    u. Do a Fix It project agreed upon with your parent or guardian.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

This elective adventure may be covered in one meeting—with requirement 2 and at least parts of requirements 1 and 3 completed at home with the Scout’s family. Or you can arrange for as many meetings as you want, inviting parents and other volunteers to help the Scouts do some Fix It projects at the meeting site.

Before starting the adventure, print out copies of the two Talk Time worksheets in Meeting 1 Resources. Give a copy to each Scout and tell him to write what he learns for requirements 2 and 3 so he can share at the meeting. He should also keep the worksheets for reference the next time one of those situations occurs at home.

A den outing might provide more opportunities for the Scouts. Examples include a trip to a lumberyard or to a home improvement store that offers repair demonstrations. At an auto repair shop, the boys could learn how to check oil levels and tire pressure, and how to change a tire.

Make sure an adult is present to supervise all the Fix It projects in requirement 4. The safety of the Scouts is of utmost importance.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.

MeetingPlans

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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