The Slingshot Kit contains a Rubber Band, Surgical Tubbing, Y-Shaped Stick, and a Leather patch.
Campers Learning Outcomes:
- Campers will learn about working with their hands to build something
- 15-30 minutes
- Sufficient “DIY” area
- One sturdy stick with a “Y” shape
- Surgical tubing, sturdy rubber bands, or anything sufficiently stretchy
- Small piece of leather or heavy cloth
- Pocket knife or other sharp cutting implements
- Find a “Y” stick in the woods. Be sure to find one that feels good in your hand, and is about 1-2 inches
- Next, dry out the wood. The quickest way is to wrap the wood in a towel and then microwave it. You’ll
want to do 30 seconds aside, and let it sit a minute between sides. When the branch has stopped hissing,
that means all the water has evaporated.
- After the wood has dried out, carve a notch out of the top of the prongs. About an inch from the top of
each should be good. Be careful not to go too high, as it could snap when used, or too low as it will hit
- After that, prepare the band. It is very important that both sides be of equal length. Leave them a little
longer than you plan on making your slingshot in case you need to adjust things.
Attach the stretchy bits to the frame, securing them tightly. Make sure they stay at an equal length.
- Prepare the pouch. Take the heavy fabric and cut it down to a 4 inch by 2-inch rectangle. Near the ends,
cut holes to attach it to the bands.