Scout Camp Project: Catapult

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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 1165 days ago 3259 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Lockwatcher for the idea and great directions.

We made this catapult in our Cub Scout Camp. I cut the pieces and predrilled so the boys could easily put them together. We had 200 boys and they all loved it. This was one of their achievements to complete the Craftsman Badge. They also made a Marshmallow Gun, display for their Derby Car and did some leather work.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 1165 days ago

I am glad the boys loved them. All the people I gave mine to love them to I got mine to go 60 feet in the air with the way I rigged my rubber band. I made 6 of them so far. take care and have fun.

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Grant Davis

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#2 posted 1164 days ago

what young boy would not love these. I am an OLD boy and I love the one I have. Grant job Jeff.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 1164 days ago

200 kids, I hope they had enough ammo for the marshmallow guns and catapults!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 1164 days ago

My hat is off to you., thanks for helping the boys

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#5 posted 1164 days ago

You may never know what interest in mechanics or carpentry or physics or military you might have sparked, but those seeds were planted. Congrats.

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#6 posted 1164 days ago

Wow….........nice project!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 1164 days ago

That is a lot of kits! Very nice! I made these with my son’s Cub Scout and later Boy Scout Troop to recruit new Scouts, but I only made up 20 kits at a time.

We found that a large poster board target with a 4” diameter hole and bull’s eye rings drawn on made a fun target.

Great work!


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Monty Queen

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#8 posted 1164 days ago

Wow awesome job on all that work for those cub scouts. i love doing that kinda stuff when i was young.I ben thinking about making a crossbow for a while. I went to a gun and knife show 2 weeks a go and a guy was selling rubberband guns he had a plastic trigger mechanisim in it and the trigger mechanisim fasinated me. So I looked on youtube and seen a mechanisim i liked and spent 4 or 5 hours this weekend making a rubber band gun. The trigger mechanisim worked perfect. When i make my crossbow i will use metal for my trigger however i made the mechanisim out of wood and it worked well. There is a kid in all of us.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 1164 days ago

WOW! Glad that I inspired you to make so many…that’s a lot of Catapults…

Here is a link to the original (there is also a tutorial on building these…)

Marshmellow Catapult

And the Tutorial

“cool” – Lockwatcher

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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