After a tough time rowing up the Wildcat creek and a robust lunch in the old dining hall, the Scouts of Troop 13’s Fox Patrol marched down a set of steep steps to cross a ravine on a long plank bridge, then climb to the top of the hill for the afternoon’s program. They emerged from the woods some 50 years ago to a set of tables for instruction in the art of wood carving and quickly began trying to shape blocks of wood into wondrous neckerchief slides that were sure to be displayed at the next Troop Court of Honor where merit badges from camp would be awarded including Wood Carving.
We sat there in the hot Indiana sun, sweat rolling off our brows with intent faces and pinched grimaces as we carefully shaped those wonderful creations. While that was a long, long time ago; it was one of the more memorable experiences we had at camp and even now, I still have that neckerchief slide and still feel a sense of pride that it was something I made with my own hands.
That is one of wonderful things about Scouting. You learn that you can do things that you never thought you could do. You grow. And you feel a lot of self-esteem when you succeed at doing something difficult.
If you have similar memories and are wanting to share the fun of wood carving with your Scouts or if you are a Wood Carving Merit Badge counselor, you may want to pay a visit to Whittler Bob’s web site. Bob has had an enduring affection for wood carving and sells all the necessary stuff that you need to have a good experience with wood carving. Bob was a the 2010 National Jamboree showing his talents and sharing the tricks of the trade.