I am participating once again in Craft Lightning. Bloggers get together to create quick craft projects that take 15 minutes or less – all with the same theme. This month’s edition is scout crafts! Since my son is in Cub Scouts, I thought it would be fun to create some keychains for each rank of Cub Scouts. You can make one or all of them, depending on how far along your Cub Scout is on the advancement trail.

Cut Scout keychains - one keychain for each rank advancement

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Supplies needed:

I found all my supplies at JoAnns. To start, cut a length of silky cord approximately 11 inches long. Fuse the ends to keep them from fraying by using a lighter to quickly melt the ends.

Note: Lighters should only be used by adults or older children with adult supervision.

Thread the cord through the lanyard hook.

Thread cord through lanyard hook

Start threading both ends of the cord through your pony beads. I chose colors to match the Cub Scout badges the children receive as they advance. 

Cub Scout Rank Badges

Image Source: Scouting.org

Add alpha beads to spell out the rank – Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear or Webelos.

Thread beads onto cording

Add more pony beads in the same colors as you started with. Tie a knot at the end of the beads to keep them secure. 

Tie a knot at the end of the beads

Trim any excess cord and fuse the ends with the lighter so the cord does not fray (again, this step should be done by an adult).

Webelos Cub Scout keychain

This would be a fun den or pack project for all the Cub Scouts to do. You can add all the lanyard hooks to one keychain ring as the boys advance through Cub Scouts.

Cut Scout keychains - Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos

Be sure to check out all the other great scout crafts this week for this month’s Craft Lightning at 30 Minute Crafts, The Country Chic Cottage, and Me and My Inklings.

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