Composite Materials Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Composite Materials Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Composite Materials Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Other Composite Materials MERIT BADGE PAGES
Composite Materials Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Composite Materials Merit Badge Workbook
Composite Materials Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Composite Materials Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Composite Materials Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. A smock or old shirt and pants to change into when working with composites

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working with composite materials and what you should do to anticipate, mitigate and prevent, and respond to these hazards. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that should be used when working with composite materials.

Scouts should review this requirement and its component and be prepared to explain and describe as necessary their ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in when working with composites and on this merit badge as well as proper safety gear and clothing that should be used. Scouts may find it beneficial to make notes to bring to class for reference when completing this part of Requirement 1.


b. Explain the precautions that must be taken when handling, storing, and disposing of resins, reinforcements, and other materials used in composites. Include in your discussion the importance of health, safety, and environmental responsibility and awareness.

Scouts should utilize the Composite Materials Merit Badge pamphlet to review and prepare for explanation during the class to the counselor their understanding of precautions that need to take place when working with composites.


c. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used.

Scouts will have an opportunity to share their understanding and findings for this requirement component during the class. It is strongly recommended that Scouts review the merit badge pamphlet to be prepared for completion of this requirement component during the class. Only Scout that have prepared and are able to show competence in understanding the details of this requirement component will be considered for sign of on this component of the requirement.


2. Do the following:

a. Explain what composite materials are. Include a brief history of composites and how they have developed.

Scouts will want to utilize the Composite Materials Merit Badge pamphlet and other sources to formulate their response to this component. It is recommended that Scouts prepare any notes or other items to bring to class in order to help support their explanation during the class.


b. Compare the similarities and differences between composites and wood, aluminum, copper, and steel. Describe the physical, electrical, mechanical, corrosive, flammability, cost, and other such properties. For each of these raw materials, give one example of how it can be shaped and used for a specific application.

While the counselor will help facilitate the first part of this component of Requirement 2, Scouts will need to be prepared to give examples of how each of the mentioned materials are shaped and their applications. Only Scouts who have shown they have come to the class prepared and knowledgeable on this component will have an opportunity to be signed off.


3. Describe how composite materials are made. Then do the following:

Scouts should be prepared to describe and discuss how composite materials are made. The counselor will facilitate this discussion during the class.


a. Discuss three different composite reinforcement materials, their positive and negative characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these materials.

Scout will need to bring to class with them the MSDS sheets for the materials they chose for this component and be ready to discuss and share their findings.


b. Discuss three different resins used in composites, their positive and negative characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these materials. Include thermoset resins and thermoplastic resins in your discussion.

c. For each of the three resins you chose for requirement 3b, think of a new application that might be worth developing.

Scouts will want to be prepared for discussion by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet and other available sources to complete these parts (3b and 3c) of Requirement 3.


4. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval do ONE of the following:

a. Visit a company that manufactures or repairs products made with composites. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.

b. Find three composites-related Web sites. Share and discuss what you learn with your counselor.

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class, however Scouts coming to the class having already completed one of these components will have an opportunity to share with the class and review with the counselor their accomplishment and findings for consideration of sign off on this requirement.


5. Do the following:

a. Use composite materials to complete two projects, at least one of which must come from the Composite Materials merit badge pamphlet. The second project may come from the pamphlet OR may be one you select on your own that has been approved by your counselor in advance.

b. With your counselor's assistance, find an appropriate site where the projects can be safely completed under your counselor's supervision and/or the supervision of an adult approved by your counselor who is knowledgeable about composites.

c. With your counselor, determine how the finished projects will be evaluated. Using those guidelines, evaluate the completed projects with your counselor.

While the class is structured to produce two projects, time will be the determinant as to whether they both will be completed as well as the Scouts attentiveness and ability to work efficiently. Each counselor chooses their own projects for each class. Scouts are welcomed and encouraged to bring any composite project they may have done ahead of time to share with the class and to be evaluated by the counselor.




6. Find out about three career opportunities in composite materials. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019