Wood Carving 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 Wood Carving 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 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 
 
 
Other Wood Carving MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Wood Carving Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Wood Carving Merit Badge Workbook
 
Wood Carving Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Wood Carving MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Wood Carving 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. Wood Carving Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your Totin' Chip Card

5. Scout Knife (must have Totin' Chip Card to use - and you need the knife to do the carving)

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

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

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 THEIR 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 that could occur while wood carving, including minor cuts and scratches and splinters.

Scouts should review these requirement components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge as well as the ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in wood carving activities.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Earn the Totin' Chip recognition.

It is strongly recommended and encouraged that Scouts complete ahead of time their Totin' Chip requirements and bring their Totin' Chip Card with them to class. It is not acceptable to just say you have your Totin' Chip, you must bring proof; bring your signed Totin' Chip card.  For those that are not able to complete this ahead of time, Scouts will have an opportunity to complete this as a part of the class however this may affect their ability to complete other requirements in the class. 

Earning the Totin' Chip is required before doing any of the project requirements, so those not arriving at the class with their Totin' Chip Card may be delayed in getting to the project work and ultimately not affording them the allotted time to complete all requirements. Be Prepared.

Check out the Totin' Chip Requirements here.

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

Scouts must review the Wood Carving Merit Badge pamphlet for this requirement component and be prepared to share their learning within 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 component; active participation is required for 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 consider using a notebook or workbook to organize their notes for explanation orally, or in writing, the expectations for each of the components of this requirement. Using the Wood Carving Merit Badge pamphlet will offer Scouts the best source of information to review for preparing for these requirement components.

 

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. Push cut and levering cut

c. "V" cut

d. Stop cut or score line

Requirements 4 will be mentored and practiced in the class.  Scouts will have an opportunity to work with the merit badge counselor during the class in order to try and complete this requirement. Only Scouts who can satisfactorily demonstrate each cut to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on this requirement and its components.

 

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 bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for class discussion on this requirement.

 

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 Merit Badge 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 / updated: April 2019
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