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WOOD CARVING 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 Wood Carving Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Wood Carving 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.

 

 

WOOD CARVING 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. Wood Carving Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Totin' Chip Card (if you have one)

5. Scout Knife (must have or earn Totin' Chip Card to use)

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

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

 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE SAFETY LEVEL REQUIRED FOR THIS MERIT BADGE CLASS, SCOUTS NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTION OR FAILING TO ADHERE TO CLASS INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE CLASS AND FORFEIT PARTICIPATION FEES AND PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE. PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL BE ASKED TO COME AND REMOVE SCOUT FROM THE EVENT.

 

1. Do the following:

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

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while wood carving, including minor cuts and scratches and splinters.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to show their knowledge and skills in first aid as it relates to this merit badge and its dangers and challenges.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Earn the Totin' Chip recognition

Scouts will have an opportunity to complete this as a part of the class however if Scouts have already completed this they should bring their Totin' Chip Card with to the class.  Scouts who have their Totin' Chip already will have more time to focus on their project work in the class and increase their probability of finishing more requirements.  It is not acceptable to just say you have your Totin' Chip, you must bring proof.

b. Discuss with your merit badge counselor your understanding of the Safety Checklist for Carving.

Scouts must review their merit badge pamphlet for this requirement and be prepared to share their learning with in the structure of a class discussion led by the merit badge counselor.  It must be noted that just physically being a part of the discussion is not enough to complete this requirement as active participation is required of all Scouts.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor, orally or in writing, the care and use of five types of tools that you may use in a carving project

b. Tell your counselor how to care for and use several types of sharpening devices, then demonstrate that you know how to use these devices

It is strongly recommended that Scouts use the Scoutmaster Bucky Wood Carving Merit Badge Workbook in order to organize their notes in order to explain orally or in writing the expectations for each of the components of this requirement.

 

4. Using a piece of scrap wood or a project on which you are working, show your merit badge counselor that you know how to do the following:

a. Paring cut

b. Basic cut and push cut

c. "V" cut

d. Score line or Stop cut

Requirements 4 will be taught and practiced in the class.  Scouts will have an opportunity to work with the Counselor during the class in order to try and complete this requirement. Only Scout who are able to satisfactorily demonstrate each cut to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on this requirement.

 

5. Tell why different woods are used for different projects. Explain why you chose the type of wood you did for your projects in requirements 6 and 7

Scouts should be prepared to tell why different woods are used for different projects.  It is recommended that Scouts have any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of this.  The counselor will help facilitate the second half of this requirement within the class.

 

6. Plan your own or select a project from the Wood Carving merit badge pamphlet and complete a simple carving in the round

The merit badge counselor will help give guidance on this requirement during the class and Scouts will have an opportunity to start and work on this project during the class. Scout may desire to choose a project ahead of the class and begin or finish working on this prior to the class.  Those choosing to work on this ahead of time should bring their work for review and consideration by the counselor during the class.  Those not choosing to work on a project ahead of the class may or may not find enough time to satisfactorily complete this requirement on the day of the class.

 

7. Complete a simple low-relief OR a chip carving project.

The Counselor will be helping Scouts prepare and execute the required steps to complete one of these two options during the class.  Scouts SHOULD have enough time to complete this requirement in the class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015