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 the purchase of materials, be sure that those Scouts signing up for activities in the Handicraft Area bring extra money. Check the activity schedule for prices.