Frequently, groups of young people, e.g. Scout Troops, need a large number of unfinished sticks, but cannot afford to pay C$20 per stick. For that reason I have these special selections:
"Scout Sticks," like other unfinished Willow sticks etc are skinned and dried; not sanded; a few of the diamonds have been cleaned out as you can see below.
To order sticks, email Bill and Connie Coleman at:
These sticks have few or no diamonds but are excellent willow sticks. Each stick is US$8. For orders of 50 sticks or more, the price drops to US$7 per stick. This is an example of the willow Scout Sticks:
These are not available in quantities of fewer than 15 sticks. If they were, the cost of postage, per stick, would be prohibitive. They have the red interior, just like the other Diamond Willow sticks. Some have a few diamonds too.
Another option for larger numbers of sticks at lower prices is BIRCH sticks. Sometimes I have a good supply of these.
Arthur F. was good enough to share this with me, regarding Scouts and sticks and much more:
Hi Ken: Thanks for your correspondence! Regarding "Scout" hiking sticks, here are a couple of links that may be of interest to you:
scout hiking sticks (staves): http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/skills/b-p/staves_2.htm
Rover Scouting: the most senior branch of the Scout movement ages 18-25 yrs. Note: All ADULT Scout leaders, regardless of the Scouting section they serve, and Rover Scouts TRADITIONALLY carried, and some still do carry a "thumbstick" as opposed to a straight Scout hiking stick without the "Y" fork at the top . (The "thumbstick" is sort of a symbol most closely identified with the Rover Scout Sections in Canada, Australia, and the U.K.The following link describing the history of Rover Scouting, which may be of passing interest to you, also includes a drawing of a Rover Scout carrying a "thumbstick". It can be seen by scrolling down toward the bottom of the page.
Lastly, there is an article titled,"Bamboo Thumbsticks", which again, may be of passing interest to you. The article provides a detailed accout of of Prisoners of War held in Japanese prison camps during WWII , who organized themselves into Rover Scout units, while in prison!
While we're at it, here is a neat idea: (Thanks, Phil!)
"Ken: Here is something your contacts might enjoy. You can make a DECAL from anything you can color copy. On the color copy paper, put three (3) coats of water based poly. (letting it dry in between coats) when dry take to warm running water and as the paper absorbs the water it can be peeled (rolled between thumb and finger) and all you have left is the decal. this can be adhered with more waater poly or Elmers glue. Scouts can copy their merit badges and put them on their hiking sticks. Normal finish can be put over decal to protect it. If this is too long, for your passing on, just have them contact me and I will be glad to specify further. (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Phil Owen"
AND one more that will interest you; Shannon D. wrote: (and I THANK you, Shannon!)
I wanted to let you know that my boys have finished with their walking sticks. I have sent you a picture of one of them. They are so proud of them, and they really turned out beautiful. They are each unique works of art. They demonstrated them at our Blue and Gold Banquet and had many jealous Boy Scouts looking at them. My Webelos were just beaming!
Thank you so much. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the sticks, and the price was excellent. I'm so appreciative of you.
Webelos Den Leader
I asked Shannon to define "Webelos" and asked if I might use her comments and one of her pictures and she kindly wrote:
You are welcome to use the picture. Webelos Scout is the last rank of Cub Scouts. It's a transition stage into Boy Scouts. It stands for "We'll be loyal Scouts". You are also welcome to quote me on the website. I have attached the photo for your use.
Here is that picture:
My very long, very detailed list lives at
http://www.sticksite.com/making_sticks/. Here is a short list of
ideas for Scout Sticks:
- trim one end or the other if you prefer that your stick be shorter
- sand them (the more the better)
- carve in them IF you can be VERY CAREFUL!
- use a wood burner to put your name, date and / or pictures on it
- draw or paint on them
- wrap cord, rope, string, leather or bark strips around all or part of the stick
- drill and add a wrist-strap
- add a tip of some sort on the bottom end
- add some kind of "decoration" on the top
- drill down into it so you can hide things IN the stick; use a plug
- varnish them; use a high gloss or a "matte" finish and remember what you used, for future
IF YOU have ideas, just let me know and I'll add them here.
Scout Leaders........... see what Roger Proulx made with some of my Diamond Willow, look for the tripod on this page: http://www.sticksite.com/carvings/.
Here are links to the other stick pages:
Here is one more item that may be useful in your scouting; an EDUCATIONAL PROJECT perfect for young folks AND the "not-so-young-anymore" folks; see my page at http://www.sticksite.com/putputboat/.
Animal Tracks: Teach young people about tracks; this page, at http://www.sticksite.com/tracks/index.html tells the rest of the story.
This is, allegedly, a letter from Scout Jimmy to his parents:
Dear Mom & Dad,
Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw the flood on TV and are worried. We are okay. Only one of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up on the mountain looking for Adam when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Adam's mother and tell her he is okay. He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never would have found Adam in the dark if it hadn't been for the lightning.
Scoutmaster Keith got mad at Adam for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Adam said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him. Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas will blow up?
The wet wood didn't burn, but one of the tents did and also some of our clothes. Matthew is going to look weird until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Keith gets the bus fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes worked okay when we left. Scoutmaster Keith said that with a bus that old you have to expect something to break down; that's probably why he can't get insurance.
We think it's a neat bus. He doesn't care if we get it dirty and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the fenders. It gets pretty hot with 45 people in a bus made for 24. He let us take turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrol man stopped and talked to us.
Scoutmaster Keith is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good driver. In fact, he is teaching Jessie how to drive on the mountain roads where there isn't any cops. All we ever see up there are logging trucks.
This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and swimming out to the rapids. Scoutmaster Keith wouldn't let me because I can't swim, and Adam was afraid he would sink because of his cast, it's concrete because we didn't have any plaster, so he let us take the canoe out. It was great. You can still see some of the trees under the water from the flood.
Scoutmaster Keith isn't crabby like some scoutmasters. He didn't even get mad about the life jackets. He has to spend a lot of time working on the bus so we are trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges. When Andrew dived into the lake and cut his arm, we got to see how a tourniquet works.
Steven and I threw up, but Scoutmaster Keith said it probably was just food poisoning from the leftover chicken. He said they got sick that way with food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to get things done better while he was doing his time.
I have to go now. We are going to town to mail our letters & buy some more beer and ammo. Don't worry about anything. We are fine.