Coup Sticks Activity
This Activity is meant for Cub Scouts.
a stick of any length for each scout - these can be used as walking sticks if you decide to make them that large. For consistency, a broom handle works.
Counting Coup comes from native American history of touching an enemy and getting away. This showed bravery. We can count activities participation or advancement on these coup sticks.
Each scout decorates his stick how he wants. Before decorating, you should explain that they will be used to track activities and will probably be used for a few years.
Drill a hole about an inch from the top of the stick and put a leather lace loop through it.
Drill a few more holes as the scout wants below that hole - from these holes, leather lace can be tied and used to attach items, such as feathers or beads.
We made medicine bags and they could be tied to the stick. The medicine bags are used to hold small trinkets from campfires and hikes, such as pebbles, feathers, bones, or anything memorable.
Once the sticks are finished, you can use them however you'd like. Give out stick-on items at meetings. Attach patches from camp or other outings with thread to one of the leather laces. Add a bead for every meeting attended. On and on.
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