The handicraft badges are a good start for many first year Scouts. The pride and satisfaction of making something with your own hands is a good lesson for a young Scout to learn. New Scouts always find success in this area; encourage them to pick at least one activity from this area.
Many of the activities in the Handicraft Area require an activity kit. Examples include Neckerchief Slide Kits for Woodcarving Merit Badge and Stool Kits for Basketry Merit Badge. These kits are included with your camp fees and can be picked-up at the Handicraft Shelter on the Scout’s first day. If a Scout is enjoying the new skills they have learned and would like a second kit they can purchase one in the Trading Post.