Truck Transportation Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
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 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 when 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 Truck Transportation 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 Truck Transportation 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 Truck Transportation MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Truck Transportation Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Truck Transportation Merit Badge Workbook
 
Truck Transportation Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Truck Transportation MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Truck Transportation Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

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

2. Truck Transportation 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

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

1. List the major truck lines serving your town.

Scouts will need to do some pre-class work for this requirement as they will need to look up and find the truck lines serving in their area. The merit badge counselor will facilitate discussion during the class so that Scouts may share their findings for consideration of sign off on this requirement.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Describe the role of truck transportation within commerce (the movement of goods, funds, and information).

b. Describe how trucks fit into a company's supply chain. This could be a manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, or retailer.

Scouts will have an opportunity during the class to describe their findings for these two requirement components.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts consider utilizing a notebook or workbook to make notes in to reference when completing these components during the class.

c. On paper, map out how goods that are manufactured overseas are transported to a retailer in this country.

While time will be allotted during the class to work on this requirement component, Scouts are encouraged to get a start on this prior to the class.

 

3. Describe the difference between the gasoline engine and the diesel engine that power trucks. List the advantages of each.

Scouts should consider working on this requirement prior to class so that they are ready for class discussion.  Scouts may find it helpful to make notes to bring with to reference during the class discussion.

 

4. Visit a truck terminal and complete items 4a through 4e. After your visit, share what you have learned with your counselor.

a. Find out what kind of maintenance program the company follows to help keep its fleet, drivers, and the roadway safe.

b. Find out how dispatchers maintain communication with drivers on the road.

c. Talk with a professional truck driver about safety. Learn about the truck driver's rules of the road for safe driving. List five safe-driving rules every professional truck driver must follow.

d. Review the driver's log and find out what kind of information the log contains.

e. Learn about important federal regulations that help ensure public safety.

This requirement will NOT be done at the class, however Scouts wishing to be signed off on this requirement at the class will need to arrange for and visit a truck terminal and prepare the requirement components for review by the merit badge counselor.  Time will be allotted during the class for discussion on this requirement and only Scouts meeting the counselor's satisfaction on this requirement and its components will be considered for sign off. Be Prepared.

 

5. Do the following:

a. Outline the general organization of a trucking company. Describe what each department does.

b. List five positions with trucking companies and describe each one.

Scouts will find preparing for this requirement and its components to be quite easy with the use of the Truck Transportation Merit Badge pamphlet.  All the information needed to prepare and complete this requirement can be found in the pamphlet.  Scouts should consider making notes to reference or highlighting in their merit badge pamphlet so that they can quickly and easily reference the information during the class discussion.

 

6. Name five government agencies that work closely with the trucking industry. Describe their role.

With the use of the Truck Transportation Merit Badge pamphlet and other sources, Scouts can easily gather the information needed for use during the class discussion on this requirement.  It is highly recommended that Scouts consider using a notebook or workbook to organize their notes and findings. Only Scouts that accurately and actively participate in the class discussion for this requirement will be considered for sign off during the class.

 

7. List five different kinds of trucks. Tell the service each provides.

Like many of the requirements, Scouts will find the use of the merit badge pamphlet and other sources to yield more than enough information for preparing for completion of this requirement.  Scouts will share their preparation work during the class discussion and as with the other requirements, only those that accurately and actively participate in class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

8. Assume that you are going to ship by truck 500 pounds of goods (freight class 65) from your town to another town 500 miles away. Your shipment must arrive within three days. Explain in writing:

a. How to prepare the shipment

b. How to compare at least three carriers for time in transit and rates

c. How to choose which carrier to use

d. How to insure the shipment for damages

While the merit badge counselor will cover some of the concepts within the requirement during the class, Scouts must do preparation work ahead of time for any chance of completing this requirement and its components during the class.  Scouts may find that they can get a lot of information when doing their truck terminal visit and / or when researching truck lines in their area.  Besides the use of the Truck Transportation Merit Badge pamphlet, Scouts may also find contacting a truck line directly to be a great resource for preparing and formulating their answers for this requirement and its components.   Scouts that show they have amply prepared for this requirement and its components will have the highest potential for sign off at the class.

 

9. Define the following terms: bill of lading, ETA, logbook, intermodal, containers, tariff, shippers, carrier, consignee, drayage, cartage.

Scouts will find the use of the Truck Transportation Merit Badge pamphlet or other sources to be very helpful in preparing for this requirement.  Scouts are encouraged to utilize a notebook or workbook to make notes in to reference during the class discussion on this requirement.  Only Scouts that accurately and actively participate in the class discussion for this requirement will be considered for sign off.

 

10. Learn about opportunities in the field of truck transportation. Choose one career in which you are interested and discuss with your counselor the major responsibilities of that position and the qualifications, education, and training such a position requires.

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 discussion of these items.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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