Intro: While I've been figuring out my Woodbadge ticket, I've had some fun inventing Martha Stewart tips for Woodbadge participants. Some involve beautifying your campsite. Many give new life to those uniform items no longer needed with your Woodbadge uniforn.
1. Make a grapevine firestarter wreath. Decorate with fluffs of dryer lint, stubs of candle (choose these in your patrols' color scheme), and strips of birchbark. Hang your wreath from your patrol box to add a festive touch to your cooking area.
2. Drape a garland of pressed leaves arranged in alphabetical order around your gateway. Carry this motif into your patrol area by spelling out your names with dried flowers circling your tentpoles.
3. Keep your uniform looking crisp and fresh. First, spritz yourself with water from your firebucket just as you douse your fire for the evening. Then spread your shirt under your mattress for that just pressed look each morning. (Note that if your bunk is old, you may need to place a garbage bag between the rusty springs and your shirt.) Shorts can be placed between the pages of your WoodBadge notebook to sharpen their creases. Scout socks no longer need to be
ironed for uniform inspection.
4. Laminate your old troop numerals and patches to use as coasters on your table.
5. Make a handy camp seat by weaving old Scout socks around a frame of of recycled Scout staves. Tradition calls for red oak for Boy Sscout socks and blue spruce with yellow pine for Cub Scouts socks. Silver maple can be used by those holding council positions. (Note that this does not meet the requirement for the basketry merit badge which requires cane or rush to be used for seats. However, anyone who has earned this mb can demonstrate the proper technique for weaving such a seat.)
6. A lovely dust ruffle for your bunk can be quickly made by basting together old neckerchiefs. This can also double as a tablecloth in a pinch.
7. Plant greeen mint at the entrance to the latrine at camp. It grows easily and the crushed leaves will freshen the atmosphere downwind each time it is trampled by a visitor. Lovely garlands can be made to entwine the TP holder to bring that fresh scent inside.
8. Some patrol members will benefit from a sprig of mint placed in their hiking boots each night.
9. Collect fresh berries (and nuts) in season to fill a simple grass basket made from whatever is growing in your patrol area. Adorn the basket with edible blossoms such as day lilies and violets. Give each dinner guest a basket to take home for a light snack later that evening. Do avoid using poison ivy and poison sumac.
10. Place a bouquet of jewel weed in each tent to provide instant relief from those pesky mosquitoes.
11. Give your bunk that official BSA look. Use your class B shirts to create quick and easy pillow cases. In cooler weather, use sweatshirts in lieu of Tshirts.
12. Use laminated topo maps for placemats at lunch. This will facilitate finding the quickest route to the next training session thus freeing up precious moments for decorating your site.
Ann Barone, Beaver Patrol NE1-198
Imagination or Uniform Pieces, simple props to illustrate the point such as sprigs of fresh mint.
Have each member of your patrol select a "Tip" to present. You proabably will eant to adapt it to your local camp and patrol setting.
Skit ContributorAnn Barone
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