Felt Change Purse

This Felt Change Purse is a fun project for Junior and Cadette scouts who are older than the interest of most craft projects, and old enough to be trusted with a needle.  This project takes 1-2 hours to do, depending on how adept the girls are with a needle and thread.  Of course, you can split this into two meetings with doing the cutting & prep work in one meeting and the actual assembly of the purses in another.  There’s a great video on how to do the blanket stitch mentioned:

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut black felt square in half to 6×9″.
  2. Fold up 3¾” and pin in place.
  3. Thread needle with floss & use blanket stitch to stitch up sides.
  4. Fold down flap 1¼”, press with finger to crease.
  5. Center sticky Velcro under flap & attach to purse & flap.
  6. Use Revolution to cut out flowers & leaves from felt.
  7. Attach with tacky glue and daisy brads.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required when girls are using scissors and needles.
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S’mores Trail Mix

It’s always fun to have the girls put together their own trail mix before a big hike or other outdoor adventure.  It also makes for a great meeting activity!  This recipe comes courtesy of  Kenmore Cub Scout Pack 529 in upstate New York; a friend helps run the pack & shared this super easy, super yummy recipe with me.  Enjoy!

S’mores Trail Mix

  • 1 Box Golden Grahams Cereal (16 oz)
  • 1 Bag Miniature Marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 1 Bag Chocolate Chips (12 oz)

Mix the Golden Grahams Cereal, mini marshmallows & chocolate chips in large bowl or plastic bag. Scoop 1-½ cups into smaller bags, mixing occasionally.

Makes 11, 1-½ cup servings.

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Personalized Ribbon Keychain

Personalized Ribbon Keychains are an all-ages project, suitable for both young girls and still a fun, quick project for older girls.  These instructions on aimed more for younger girls, but older girls can easily also do this project with access to more craft supplies to snazzy up their key chains a bit more.   This can easily be done in 30 minutes and is very clean, as long as the fabric paint is kept under control by younger girls.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Cut a piece of ribbon 28″ long and two coordinating pieces 2″ long.
  2. Slip the key ring onto the long piece of ribbon.  Fold it in half over the key ring and glue the ends together.
  3. Use the small pieces of ribbon to wrap around and glue over the seam of the other ribbons.
  4. Lightly draw the name onto the ribbon.
  5. Use the dimensional fabric paint to personalize and let dry.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required.
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Clay Heart Necklace

This Clay Heart Necklace is a super girly project, and should be best suited for older Brownie and Junior troops, ages 9-12.  It’s a little messy, so make sure you have smocks or spare crafting shirts to cover up a bit.  You should not use a toaster oven for this project that you actively cook in – it’s best to buy a cheap oven just for crafts or use an older toaster oven you plan on replacing in your kitchen.  Some clays are toxic and render a toaster oven unsafe to cook food in from there.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Condition the clay by kneading it in your hands.  Roll out the pink clay to about 1/8″ thickness.
  2. Use the plastic knife to cut out the heart, smoothing the edges with your finger.
  3. Knead the lavender clay and roll it out into 1/8″ thickness.  Cut a second heart, making it about ¼” smaller than the pink heart.
  4. Carefully place the lavender heart on top of the pink heart.
  5. Knead just a small amount of the black clay.  Roll it out to about ¼”.  Cut a strip of clay and wrap it around the edges of the lavender heart, making an outline.
  6. Use other strips to make a peace sign inside the lavender heart.
  7. Use a toothpick to make two small holes at the top of the heart.  This is where you’ll later lace the ribbon through.
  8. ADULTS: Follow the directions on the clay packages and bake in the toaster oven for the time indicated.  Let cool.
  9. Cut an 18″ piece of ribbon and thread one end through the hole at one side of the heart.  Tie a knot.
  10. Tie a knot 2″ from the first knot.  Slip on a pony bead and tie another knot so the pony bead is held in place by knots on both sides.
  11. Continue knotting about every 2″ and adding beads to the desired length.  End by tying the ribbon to the second hole in the heart.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required at all times.
  2. You can also use cookie cutters on the clay, but they should not be used for food ever again once it’s used in a craft project.
  3. An adult should use the oven only and complete that step in the process.
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Summer Sand Bucket & Water Bottle

In truth, this is less of a creation craft and more of a decoration and personalization craft.  This is IDEAL for a Daisy troop… perfect for that young age range, not very messy, and no real construction required.  This can easily be completed in a 30 minute meeting.  Depending on the size of your troop, you can also get them involved in picking out the decorations you use by taking a field trip to the craft store to get the supplies the week before you do this activity.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Plastic sand pail with shovel.
  • Permanent markers in various colors.
  • Foam glitter stickers.
  • Self-stick gems.
  • Plastic water bottle.

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Use permanent markers to draw loopy flowers onto pail.
  2. Remove the backing from glittered foam flowers and place in the center of the drawn flowers.
  3. Embellish the flowers and leaves with self-adhesive gems.
  4. Remove the backing from the wave pieces and place at the top and bottom of the water bottle.
  5. Remove the backing from the fish and starfish and place on bottle.
  6. Embellish with the self-adhesive gems.
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Stopping Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds can occur randomly or as a result of an injury.  Young children are often affected following activity, colds, or exposure to high altitudes.  Nosebleeds are more of an annoyance than a serious injury, most of the time.  Nosebleeds happen more during the colder winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent, and the temperature and humidity fluctuate more dramatically.  Though, if there’s profuse or prolonged bleeding, they can be dangerous and a doctor needs to be consulted.  Leaders, camp counselors, and parents should always be aware if they’re supervising a child with a history of being prone to getting nosebleeds.  Don’t be afraid to ask parents about their child’s medical history before going camping or taking trips away from your usual meeting place.

The most common cause of nosebleeds is drying of the nasal membranes and this can be prevented with proper lubrication of the nasal passages and not picking nose.  nosebleeds

Stopping a Nosebleed

  • Have the affected person remain quiet and lean forward slightly with the head tilted forward. Leaning back or tilting the head back allows the blood to run back into your sinuses and throat and can cause gagging or inhaling the blood.
  • Pinch the nostrils together with slight pressure.  If there’s a good amount of blood, you may want to pack the nostrils lightly and then pinch.  Hold for at least 5 minutes.
  • Sometimes a cold wet towel, applied to the face, can help to stop the bleeding.

For more, consult the American Red Cross.

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