‘How-to’ Awesome Neckerchief Slide Designs — Scurry Tails Style!
By Jeffrey Bishop
As a general rule, boys like knives and boys like to carve and whittle with those knives.
Most of the time, what they end up with after a few hours of carving around a camp fire is a sharp, de-barked stick — really only good for hurting themselves or another boy.
Scouts (and all youths — boys and girls alike) can put their developing knife skills to work on something a bit more productive and useful, by carving for themselves a nifty neckerchief slide, like the one pictured above that my favorite Webelos II made for himself with some scrap wood and about 2 hours of a Saturday.
Download the attached worksheet for instructions and patterns you can print out and take on your next camp out or den / troop meeting:
Scurry Tails Neckerchief Pattern — Set A
For a new template set, published spring 2013, check out the following as well:
Note that both pattern templates look “muddy” when viewed in our Firefox browser, but appear fine in Explorer and Chrome; our apologies for any difficulty with this.
- Use an easy-to-carve wood like bass wood in at least a ½” thickness
- Transfer the pattern to the wood and use a coping saw to cut the blank
- Carve in the round (Scouts should have Whittling Chip / Totin’ Chip and appropriate supervision)
- Sand and paint or stain and seal
- Epoxy ½” PVC tube section or screw ½” copper pipe hanger to backside to complete neckerchief slide
Got a cool picture of your own neckerchief slide to share? Let us know how we can see it and we’ll check it out — we might even feature it in a follow-up post!