Folding Kayak Plans

July 2, 2013
Boy Scouts Folding Kayak

Here is a great project that can be done in a single weekend (but will probably take two).  It will cost way less than buying one, and the cost per kayak goes down if you make two at once.

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Pinewood Derby® Plans

March 30, 2009
Pinewood Derby® Plans

One of the funnest events in cub scouting is the pinewood derby. Below are free plans to pinewood derby cars I have found to be very successful. My personal recommendation is the Flying Wedge. It is not the prettiest car, but I think it has the best chance of winning (which, of course, is not…

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“I Love Helmets”

September 9, 2014
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There is a reason why Formula 1 drivers, football players, motocross racers, hockey players, pro cyclists, jockeys, and construction workers wear helmets. I could go into all the reasons trying to argue the benefits of helmets, but this video says more in 18 seconds than I ever could:

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Build a Toilet Paper Gun

September 9, 2014
Toilet Paper Gun

Here is a super-easy project that is sure to be a hit. You probably have everything you need out in the garage already. Just use duct tape to attach a paint roller to your leaf blower of choice. Install the ammunition and you are ready to go. Great for adding a little excitement whenever you…

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Watermelon Smoothie Hack

April 16, 2014
watermelon smoothie hack

Found this one on Mark Rober’s awesome (but PG-13) Youtube channel. The kids are going to really think this is awesome. Chill a watermelon and make a smoothie with just a power drill and a coat hanger.  Trust me, this is going to be a hit.

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All the Pinewood Derby Secrets in One Video

April 16, 2014
Pinewood Derby Secrets Video

Mark Rober has put together a great video on what is really important when building a Pinewood Derby car.  As with any PWD modification, be sure they are legal for the rules your pack or district uses.  For instance, it is really common for rules to prohibit wheel thinning.   Nonetheless, the advice Mark gives is…

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Share your Pinewood Derby Stories

April 16, 2014
pwdCapture

We get a lot of great comments from you guys about your pinewood derby experiences. If you would like to share more just send us an email (don’t forget to attach some photos) to pinewood@boysdad.com. You have to be 18 to send us email, and you are giving us permission to post and edit your…

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How to Fly a Kayak

January 6, 2014
FlyaKayk

This little stunt made me think of my kids.  Not sure you should try this at home.  From the video it looks like at least the cameraman survived unscathed…

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Inexpensive Indoor Treehouse

January 5, 2014
indoorTreehouse

This YouTuber (GNDxdro) built a great indoor treehouse for his girls.  It looks completely reasonable budget-wise and it makes better use of the floor space.  The top of the dresser becomes part of the bed frame.  The treehouse includes a secret passageway, a hammock, and two upper level hangouts.  Very nice build.

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Easy DIY Bike Packs Look Great

July 14, 2013
paniers

Here is a trick to make some spacious, low cost, and great looking paniers (or saddle bags) for you next bike trek. Video uploaded by ChrisMillervideos

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How to Safely Remove a Tick

July 3, 2013
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Ticks are a part of being outdoors.  These blood sucking arachnids carry disease and should be removed as soon as possible.  The sooner an attached tick is removed, the less likely it is to transmit disease.  The video below shows the correct way to safely remove a tick. But even better than knowing how to…

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Recognize Poison Ivy – Video

July 3, 2013
Poison Ivy

If you and your kids are going to be spending any time out in the woods, it is essential that you know how to recognize poison ivy.  A bout with poison ivy can turn a fun camping trip into a miserable experience.  The video below is a great way to help your kids recognize poison…

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Make an Emergency Candle from a Stick of Butter

March 8, 2013
Make an Emergency Candle from a Stick of Butter

From Grant Thompson (thekingofrandom.com)…Most people wouldn’t think of butter as a flammable substance, but in this project they are! We’re making emergency candles that burn for hours .. using some toilet paper, and a bit of butter!

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