Well Little Man has been starting to earn more awards from his Cub Scouts. This year he will be a Bear and has earned a majority of the belt loops and is starting on the pins. We have this nice little belt loop holder that the scout office sells but were not sure what to do with the pins.
We found this letter C at the scout office and at the recommendation from a fellow popo/scout parent bought it. He suggested mounting it then pinning the pins around it. Now the trick of how on earth do we do that. So after thinking and planning we finally figured it out! And it was a lot easier to make then what I thought it would be! Little Man was able to help me make this and had a lot of fun doing it so feel free to put your scout to work!
All you need to do this is some Blue Felt or a Blue Fleece (something thick), The “C” from the Scout Office, some fabric glue and a cork board. For the cork board you want it thick enough so that the pins do not stick all the way through it. We ended up gluing two pieces together so about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut the fabric into a square piece so that it will wrap around the back of the cork board. Cut the corners off to make folding easy. Then using the fabric glue (we used Instant Vinyl brand found at Walmart) glue the sides of the fabric on to the back of the board. Place something heavy on top to keep pressure to it as it dries. It may take several hours for it to set right.
Once it is dry mark on your board where you want your C. Apply glue to the back of the C and press onto the fabric. Place something heavy on that until it dries as well. Once dry you can stick your pins onto the board.
To display we are going to find a shadow box that we can place his belt loops, scarves, and this into so it is all in one spot. Another option would be to get a picture frame to put them in, or simple get a hook and glue it on and hang as it is. Little Man loves his new “pin holder” as he calls it. He even went through his book to make sure he wasn’t missing any of his pins and trying to figure out what he can do to add to it.
Now- I do need to say- The scouts are redoing their Achievement program. They are making a few belt loops as part of their advancement program starting in 2015. I am not sure how that will affect the pins, however I wanted to share this for those like us who have already been in scouts for a few years and have pins to show off.
I would like to hear from you! If you are a scout parent how do your kids display their achievements?