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Build a Scout Law Ladder

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This folding Scout Law ladder can be displayed at meetings, outings or any other Scouting events.


What You’ll Need

  • A wooden ladder about 7′ or 8′ tall
  • 13 wooden boards
  • Saw
  • Paint for each board and the ladder
  • Paint, tape, sticks, stencils, letters cut from thin wood or stick-on letters to create the Scout Law words
  • Different-sized paint brushes for painting the ladder, boards and letters
  • 52 finishing nails or wood screws to attach the boards to the ladder
  • Hammer or screwdriver

What You’ll Do

ladder-1Step 1: Cut the boards to length, using a crosscut saw to cut across the grain and a rip saw to cut with the grain. Each board should be long enough to span the width of the ladder, but they can be different widths and lengths. Make sure all 13 boards will fit on the ladder from top to bottom.

ladder-2Step 2: Paint the ladder and boards.

ladder-3Step 3: Choose a method for making the words on each board.

ladder-4Step 4: Attach the completed boards to the ladder. If you use screws to attach the boards to the ladder, always predrill the screw holes so you won’t split the wood.

Your Scout Law ladder is now ready for display.

One Oath, One Law

Beginning in June 2015, all Scouts — including Cub Scouts and Venturers — are using the Scout Law and Scout Oath.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

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4 Comments on Build a Scout Law Ladder

  1. Rajul sahu // March 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm // Reply

    This is great idea. I like this.

  2. I think I’ll make this for our Scout hut, but instead of a ladder or tripod, connect it all with rope so we can roll it up and take it with us when needed.

  3. Paints on Ladders // August 21, 2015 at 2:03 am // Reply

    Top post, really helpful, im doing this job at home this weekend.

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