Friday, June 14, 2013

Slingshots Done Right Are......


To motivate the scouts to learn their lashings, we promised them a campout building giant sling shots.  What you see above is the fruit of their labors.  We had four patrols each build a sling shot, and then they had competitions for distance and accuracy.  In case you're interested, we were able to fire bean bags over 100 yards.  It was awesome!

The design of the sling shot is pretty simple.  It's just a couple of A-frames connected by three cross pieces.  We used rubber tubing for the band and duct tape for the baskets.  Just stake down the apparatus really well and you're good to go.

When the competition was done, we let them have some free time firing things off.  The bean bags weren't fun to try and catch, but the rubber duckies, water balloons, and footballs were popular.  We are hoping to come up with some kind of a game to play at summer camp to demonstrate the awesomeness of our sling shots.

You can see more pictures here.

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