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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:24 AM

Your best bet is to go to the local Boy Scout Council store (“Scout Shop”) and buy the following books, even if he isn’t going to be a Cub Scout or Boy Scout:

Wolf Cub Scout Handbook
Bear Cub Scout Handbook
WEBELOS Scout Handbook
Den Chief’s Handbook (for you), since it gives all kinds of practical information about how to handle boys that age, for boys who are only a little older (like me!)- Den Chiefs are Boy Scouts who help Cub Scout Den Leaders.

The BSA has invested an immense amount of time and money figuring out how to educate boys, and there is a vast wealth of practical things for the boy to do, outside of the woodworking aspect that is covered. You can have a lot of fun with the rest of the handbooks with your (I’m assuming) grandson. For those of you who may not like some of their backwards views, that is not relevant to the psychology of the helping part.

When I volunteered for the BSA (15 years), I used shellac for projects, since the vehicle evaporates in minutes, and the boys could take them home the same night. Lacquer melts the foam brushes that I selected for the finishing. I just wanted to get the parts finished with a minimum of fuss.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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