Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Wood Carving Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for wood carving are done in these areas and will make the Wood Carving Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

The Wood Carving Merit Badge requires Scouts to earn their Totin' Chip Boy Scout Award as a part of this merit badge requirements.

If you like the Wood Carving Merit Badge, consider also doing Art, Basketry, Carpentry, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Pottery, Sculpture, or Woodwork.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday April 13, 2013

Minnetonka, MN


11 Scouts

Saturday March 12, 2011

Richfield, MN


11 Scouts








Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Wood Carving Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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.


2. Do the following:

a. Earn the Totin' Chip recognition

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


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


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


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


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


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


Totin' Chip

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. (a pocket knife, a hand axe and/or a saw.)  A Totin' Chip Card will be issued upon completion of the requirements, however a Scout's Totin' Rights can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibilities. This Totin' Chip Card is to be in the possession of a Scout anytime he carries a pocket knife or uses his pocket knife, a hand axe, or saw during a Scout outing.  The Scout must show his Scout Leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:







1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.

2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw

3. Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings

4. Respect all safety rules to protect others

5. Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and good reason

6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015