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HOME REPAIRS MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

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 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 directions 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 Home Repairs Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Home Repairs 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.

 

 

HOME REPAIRS MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

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. Home Repairs Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Work clothes appropriate for the tasks shown in the requrements, close-toed shoes at a minimum are required, and protective-toed shoes are preferred.

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

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working on home repairs 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 on home repairs.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.Scouts should also prepare by making notes that will assist them in their class discussion covering safety gear and clothing.

b. Discuss general precautions related to home repairs. Name at least 10 safe practices that every home repairer should exercise.

While this requirement will be completed in the class, Scouts should come to the class prepared with input for the lists and discussion. Scouts will find much of the information necessary for completion of this requirement in the merit badge pamphlet and should arrive having reviewed the merit badge pamphlet.

 

2. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do FOUR of the following:

a. Maintain or recondition a yard tool and show that you know how to clean up and properly store this equipment.

b. Weather-strip a window or door.

c. Caulk cracks or joints open to the weather.

d. Waterproof a basement.

e. Repair a break in a concrete or asphalt surface.

f. Repair the screen in a window or door.

g. Replace a pane of glass.

h. Solder a broken wire or metal object.

 

3. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:

a. Install or build equipment for storing tools.

b. Build a workbench.

c. Repair a piece of furniture.

d. Paint or varnish a piece of furniture, a door, or trim on a house.

e. Repair a sagging door or gate.

f. Repair a loose step or railing.

g. Repair a fence

 

4. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:

a. Locate a main electrical switch box and know how to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker.

b. Replace an electrical cord or repair a plug or lamp socket.

c. Install a single-pole light switch.

d. Replace an electrical wall outlet.

 

5. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:

a. Clear a clogged drain or trap.

b. Repair a leaky water faucet.

c. Repair a flush toilet.

d. Repair a leaky hose or connector.

e. Clean or replace a sprinkler head.

 

6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:

a. Paint a wall or ceiling.

b. Repair or replace damaged tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring.

c. Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains.

d. Replace window blind cords.

e. Repair or replace a window sash cord.

f. Reinforce a picture frame.

g. Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery.

Requirements 2 thru 6 all state that they must be completed under the supervision of your merit badge counselor and hence will be done as a part of the class.  The merit badge counselor has selected projects for each of the requirements that will be done during the class. No gaurantee is made that all requirements will be completed due to time and ability of the class to complete, however the intent of the class format is that all requirements will be covered.  Scouts MUST review the Home Repairs Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class to have an understanding of the requirements.  THis understanding should include details about the process and methods as well as the tools one might use to complete these requirements.  Scouts not having reviewed the merit badge pamphlet thoroughly prior to the class may find it difficult to complete these requirements.  Remember that completion of these requirements are at the discretion and satisfaction of the merit badge counselor.  Be Prepared.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015