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

 

 

PLUMBING 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. Plumbing 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

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. Describe how a properly working plumbing system protects your family's health and safety

b. List five important local health regulations related to plumbing and tell how they protect health and safety

c. Describe the safety precautions you must take when making home plumbing repairs

Scouts will find the use of the merit badge pamphlet to be extremely helpful in preparing for the components of this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts utilize a merit badge workbook to help organize their notes and findings for reference during class discussion (describing, telling, and explaining as the requirement states) on this requirement and it's components.  Active participation in the class discussion is necessary for consideration in being signed off on this requirement.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Make a drawing and explain how a home hot- and cold-water supply system works. Tell how you would make it safe from freezing

b. Make a drawing and explain the drainage system of the plumbing in a house. Show and explain the use of drains and vents

Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet and utilize the information in there to review their own home plumbing system.  Preparing for these two component of Requirement 2 should be done ahead of time to the best of the Scouts abilities. The counselor for the class will review this with the Scout and help make corrections and clarifications as needed to assist the Scout in understanding and successfully completing this merit badge requirement and it's components. In order to assure the highest probability of completing this requirement, Scouts will need to do some pre-work.

 

3. Show how to use five important plumber's tools

Scouts will need to review the Plumbing Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the clas sin order to have an opportunity to complete this requirement.  Scouts not arriving at class with some preparation knowledge will find it difficult to complete this requirement without any prior knowledge.  Utilize the merit badge pamphlet to gain the required preparation knowledge for the class.  Scouts will review this requirement in the class with the counselor and those having at least made an attempt to prepare for this requirement with some basic understanding coming into the class will likely finish this requirement in the class.

 

4. Identify and describe the use of each of the following: washer, retaining nut, plunger (rubber force cup), solder, flux, elbow, tee, nipple, coupling, plug, union, trap, drainpipe, and water meter

Scouts will find using the merit badge pamphlet helpful, if not easiest, to prepare for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts make notes to help prepare themselves for discussion during the class on this requirement.  The counselor will help facilitate through discussion and demonstration of the identified items in this requirement during the class.  Scouts will need to be able to show that they can identify and describe the use for all the items listed.  Time will be allotted during the class to review these as well as learn more in-depth about each.

 

5. Name the kinds of pipe that are used most often in a plumbing system. Explain why these pipes are used

Scouts will find all they need to know ahead of time for this requirement in the Plumbing Merit Badge pamphlet.  Scouts should be prepared to share their reading and findings with the counselor during the class discussion on this requirement..

 

6. Cut, thread, and connect two pieces of steel pipe

Scouts will be completing this requirement during the class with the guidance and assistance of the merit badge counselor..

 

7. Under the supervision of a knowledgeable adult, solder three copper tube connections using a gas torch. Include one tee, two straight pieces, and one coupling

Do the following:

a. Replace a washer in a faucet

b. Clean out a sink or lavatory trap

Scouts will complete this requirement and it's components during the class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - February 2016