Leatherwork 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 Leatherwork 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 Leatherwork 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 Leatherwork MERIT BADGE PAGES
Leatherwork Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Leatherwork Merit Badge Workbook
Leatherwork Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Leatherwork 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. Leatherwork Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

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

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while using leatherwork tools and materials, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to explain their findings. Scouts will find the use of the Leatherwork Merit Badge pamphlet to be very helpful in preparing for this requirement component.

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while working with leather, including minor cuts and scratches, puncture wounds, ingested poisoning, and reactions from exposure to chemicals such as dyes, cements, and finishes used in leatherworking.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


2. Explain to your counselor

a. Where leather comes from

b. What kinds of hides are used to make leather

c. What are five types of leather

d. What are the best uses for each type of leather

Scouts should make notes to assist them with the different components of this requirement and be prepared for discussion. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement or its components just for attending as the requirement states that they must explain a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit with the counselor.


3. Make one or more articles of leather that use at least five of the following steps:

a. Pattern layout and transfer

b. Cutting leather

c. Punching holes

d. Carving or stamping surface designs.

e. Applying dye or stain and finish to the project.

f. Assembly by lacing or stitching

g. Setting snaps and rivets

h. Dressing edges

While this requirement will be done in the class, Scouts are highly encouraged to make an effort prior to the class in trying their hand at some of the components asked for in this requirement. The instructor / counselor will aide Scouts in completing this requirement during the class.


4. Braid or plait an article out of leather, vinyl lace, or paracord.

This requirement will be completed as a part of the class.


5. Do ONE of the following:

a. Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.

b. Tan the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used.

c. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of your shoes, a baseball glove, a saddle, furniture, or other articles of leather. Discuss with your counselor the advantages or disadvantages of leather vs. synthetic materials.

d. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor.

Scouts are encouraged to select one of the requirement components prior to the class and prepare as best they can to share their work / findings with the class.  The merit badge instructor / counselor will help facilitate at least one of these requirement components as a part of the class, however it must be noted that Scouts will not be signed off simply for repeating what the instructor / counselor shares in the class.  Some level of preparation is required for consideration for sign off on this requirement. Be Prepared.

this page last reviewed / updated: February 2020