Welding 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 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 Welding 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 Welding 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 
Welding Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Welding Merit Badge Workbook
Welding Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Welding 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. Welding Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Footwear should be work boots or protective type footwear; no open toed shoes allowed.

5.Scouts should bring a change of clothing that they don't mind getting dirty as some class work may get a little messy. Work gloves are also recommended if you have them.

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

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude




1. Do the following:

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

b. Show that you know first aid for, and the prevention of, injuries or illnesses that could occur while welding, including electrical shock, eye injuries, burns, fume inhalation, dizziness, skin irritation, and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including filler metals and welding gases.

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


2. Do the following:

a. With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Material Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the MSDS.

Prior to the class, Scouts should research and formulate an answer that they can describe to the counselor during the class.

b. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that must be worn when welding. Then, present yourself properly dressed for welding - in protective equipment, clothing, and footwear.

Scouts following the list above ("things to remember to bring") of required attire will have a start on this requirement component.  Scouts are responsible to review the Welding Merit Badge pamphlet for other suggested wear prior to the class and should appropriately attend with those items.  The merit badge counselor will review this requirement with Scouts during the class.

c. Explain and demonstrate the proper care and storage of welding equipment, tools, and protective clothing and footwear.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss and demonstrate their understanding.


3. Explain the terms welding, electrode, slag, and oxidation. Describe the welding process, how heat is generated, what kind of filler metal is added (if any), and what protects the molten metal from the atmosphere.

Scouts will find the use of a notebook or merit badge workbook to be helpful in completing this requirement. Scouts should be familiar and understand the terms and processes listed above and be prepared to share their knowledge and understanding of these terms and processes with the counselor during the class.


4. Name the different mechanical and thermal cutting methods. Choose one method and describe how to use the process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation of this process.

Scout will find preparing for this requirement to be quite easy through the utilization of the Welding Merit Badge pamphlet.  All information necessary to prepare for discussion during the class on this requirement can be found in the merit badge pamphlet.  Scouts should consider highlighting their merit badge pamphlet or making notes that they can easily reference for successful completion of this requirement during the class. Only Scouts who come to the class prepared AND actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement.


5. Do the following:

a. Select two welding processes, and make a list of the different components of the equipment required for each process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation for each process.

b. Choose one welding process. Set up the process you have chosen, including gas regulators, work clamps, cables, filler materials, and equipment settings. Have your counselor inspect and approve the area for the welding process you have chosen.

While the merit badge counselor will help facilitate parts of each of these requirement components, Scouts MUST come prepared having researched and reviewed the information in this requirement.  Scouts may find the use of a notebook or workbook to be helpful for making notes to reference during class discussion on this requirement.  Be Prepared.


6. After successfully completing requirements 1 through 5, use the equipment you prepared for the welding process in 5b to do the following:

a. Using a metal scribe or soapstone, sketch your initial onto a metal plate, and weld a bead on the plate following the pattern of your initial.

b. Cover a small plate (approximately 3" x 3" x 1/4") with weld beads side by side.

c. Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.

d. Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.

e. Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.

f. Tack two plates together in a lap joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a lap joint with fillet weld on both sides.

This requirement and its components will be completed through the guidance of the merit badge counselor during the class.  Most of the time allotted for the class will be focused on this requirement.

Remember, the merit badge counselor reserves the right to dismiss any Scouts that are not following safety rules or are practicing attentiveness during the class.  The counselor will focus first on the safety of all Scouts.  Scouts not adhering to the safety rules of the class WILL be removed from the class.  Remember the Scout Oath and Law.


7. Do the following:

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

Scouts should review this requirement component 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 component.

b. Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession

Scouts will need to do some pre-class work for this requirement component. Only Scouts who come prepared understanding the role of the American Welding Society will have an opportunity of being signed off on this requirement component. Without this understanding prior to the class, Scouts will find it difficult to actively and accurately participate in the class discussion on this topic. Be Prepared.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019