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Cubs DIY Activity Badge

Cubs DIY Activity Badge

DIY badge

Hammer, hang, sand and stain. Make some nice things for your home – or repair them again!

How to earn your badge:

  1. Show how to use and take care of tools safely.

    Do this for a selection of them, like a hammer, saw, screwdriver, drill or glue gun.

  2. Talk to your leader about how to work safely on your projects, especially when you’re using electric tools.
  3. Learn what the difference is between hard wood, soft wood, chipboard, plywood and MDF.

    For each of them, find out what they’re best used for.

  4. Help design and make something useful.

    An adult needs to supervise you.

    Show that you’re able to:

    • measure accurately
    • saw
    • join pieces of wood together in two different ways
    • use a hammer, screwdriver and drill
    • prepare surfaces and stain, varnish or paint



  • You could make a nesting box or window box – or a box to hold tools or pencils. You could also create a rack for keys, coats, or spices, or a mug tree. Any bookworms might like to get stuck in and make bookends or a bookstand.

June 2024.

Requirements can be adapted to suit each young persons abilities. See our guidance on flexibility.

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