the first meeting with my Cub Scouts, we made a flag for each den. My
goals were to unify the boys, make our color guard more colorful at
pack meetings and last but not least, get rid of a stack of felt that's
been shuffled on my shelves of craft supplies.
the boys arrived, I spread two large pieces of dark green felt on the
dining room table. I divided scraps of black, gold, tan and red felt
for each group to use as embellishments. With little help from me, the
Bear Scouts took their turn first and created a truly beautiful emblem.
to their flag was a black profile of a grizzly bear, complete with the
distinct hump on its back. The borders were designed as a team effort
with rectangles and triangles of all sizes and colors layered together
and then repeated in all four corners.
most of my recent craft projects have been with toddlers in nursery or
my preteen daughters, I was surprised at how well the boys
compromised, complimented and truly worked together to complete the
project in the alloted time.
older boys were particular when it came to symmetry and the exact words
they wanted cut out across the top. They also were adamant that one
side be snipped in 3-inch strips so a fringe would hang on the
outer edge. We were sure to leave enough room for a pole on the other
side, and then the boys got busy securing every piece with craft glue.
They were cognizant of the clock and desperately wanted to roll up the
flag so the Wolf Scouts wouldn't steal any of their ideas.
husband kept the younger three boys busy outside with a bow and arrows
and a makeshift target. Both groups were eager to switch places when
the time came.
Although I hadn't intended the project to be competitive, it was the nature of the boys to make it so.
younger three rallied around the table motivated by a hope of making
older comrades jealous with their unique wolf design. They too wanted
an animal shape as the central focus. After sketching on paper, every
frustrating effort looked more like a dog or a coyote or an oversized
hamster. They finally decided to make the shape of a wolf's head
similar to the one found on the wolf patch they hope to earn for their
younger ones needed my help with the sharp scissors, and when I
finished I was certain they would be disappointed with the
one-dimensional, one-color shape. But with the help of a white crayon
and some triangles to layer on the nose, eyes and ears, it finally
looked pretty good.
cut stripes to border both sides and were similar to the older boys in
wanting very specific words placed across the top. They made jokes
about wolves attacking bears and were hoping to add a defeated bear in
the background, but I discouraged them from including carnage on a flag
meant to honor the pack, not tease and taunt.
too rolled up their masterpiece before the older boys came in for
cookies and milk and traded brags about how cool their designs had
sewing-impaired, I asked my sister-in-law to help me secure the glued
pieces with everlasting stitches. The fussiness of felt proved to be a
major pain, so the master seamstress, my mother-in-law, stepped in to
save the flags.
were finished just in time for our first pack meeting and unveiled to
the crowd of family members. I watched each of the boys take his mom or
dad to the flags and explain his personal creative inclusions.
a subsequent week when we found ourselves at the wood shop learning the
requirements for a tools-identification patch, one brother in our
Mormon ward helped the boys make a wooden stand for their flags.
seemed a simple project but proved to accomplish all of my intended
goals: unity, Scout pride and one clutter-free craft shelf.