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A Great Robot Costume

robotscreenCiminyjicket created a great robot costume that can be made from scrap wood, cardboard, and PVC… »

Pinewood Derby® Plans

One of the funnest events in cub scouting is the pinewood derby.   Here are free plans to a pinewood derby car I have found to be very successful: Car Designs All of these plans are designed for easy cutting with an ordinary bandsaw with a narrow blade.  Please NEVER allow a child to operate a bandsaw. Blank Car Template This is… »

“If” (A Poem by Rudyard Kipling)

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good,… »

Dad and Son Team Launch Balloon into Space


spaceballoon Here is a great father-son project. Luke Geissbuhler and his son were able to send a weather balloon to the very edge of space and successfully recovered the camera just a few miles from where it was launched. The video is beautiful. What an amazing way to get your kid interested… »

How to Tie a Bowline (video)

BowlineImagine the end of the rope as a rabbit, and where the knot will begin on the standing part, a tree trunk. First a loop is made near the end of the rope, which will act as the rabbit’s hole. Then the “rabbit” comes up the hole, goes round the tree right to left, then back down… »

Lizzagator Swamp Race

dsc06219Here’s a pretty fun event we did at the Chickasaw Council Centennial Expo.  Called the lizzagator swamp race, it is pretty simple and the scouts really had fun with it.  Two teams of 4 to 6 boys compete to get their swamp buggy across the… »

Pinewood Derby Speed Video – Wheel Mandrels

Wheel mandrels are one of the few special tools I recommend purchasing.  There is not really a good way to clean up the wheels without them.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby our local scout store stocks them, too. … »

Saturn V Model Rocket 1:10 Scale! (Video)


saturnvNow this is what I call a model rocket.  Created by Steve Eves, this rocket is said to be the largest amateur rocket ever launched.  The video was filmed in April of 2005.   Here are the specs according to Popular Mechanics: Scale: 1:10 Height: 36 ft. Weight: 1,648 lbs. Engines:  8 N-Class motors (13,000 Newton-second thrust each) Plus 1 P-class 77,000 Newton-second motor. Altitude: 440… »

Pinewood Derby Photo Gallery

Here are some great pinewood derby you guys have made.  Email yours to me at and I will post them here.