Friday, October 5, 2012

Cub Scout Bat Neckerchief Slide

Not too long ago I was released from my calling as Relief Society president and called as a Cub Scout den leader. I've never done Scouts before, but I'm looking forward to learning new things, which happens with all my callings. I remembered that my mom was a Scout leader for a number of years and that she had quite a collection of neckerchief slides that they had made, so I gave her a call and she sent me some pictures of the slides for visual inspiration.

We'll probably do a new slide each month, which will help the boys build a collection, which is one of their requirements (at least it is for the Wolf Scouts). For our first slide we did an easy bat, which I thought was a good choice for the month of October.

Black felt
1.5" black pom poms
.5 or .7mm googly eyes
1/2" conduit, cut into 3/4"long pieces (I used electrical conduit because it was cheaper than pvc pipe, but either would work, and I used a pvc pipe cutter that we already had to cut the pipe. A hacksaw would work also.)
cardstock for wing pattern
low temp hot glue gun (so the boys don't burn themselves)

 Draw a bat wing shape and cut it out of the card stock.

 Using card stock pattern, cut bat wings out of felt. A white marker of some kind would be helpful here. I didn't have one, so I just carefully held the pattern on the felt and cut around it.

 Use the glue gun to glue two googly eyes to a pom pom. I put a tiny dab of glue on the back of the eye, then stuck it to the pom pom.

 Glue the pom pom to the wings.

Then glue the wings to the conduit piece. My conduit had black writing on one side so to hide it I glued the bat wings over it.

All done and ready to be worn!

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