Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Woodwork 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 Woodwork Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

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

If you like the Woodwork Merit Badge, consider also doing American Labor, Automotive Maintenance, Carpentry, Composite Materials, Drafting, Home Repairs, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Painting, Plumbing, or Wood Carving.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday December 20, 2014

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


12 Scouts

Saturday December 21, 2013

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


26 Scouts

Sunday October 9, 2011

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


1 Scout

Saturday October 8, 2011

Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN


6 Scouts








Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Woodwork Merit Badge History Page:

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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


1.  Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in woodwork activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.  Explain what precautions you should take to safely use your tools

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries that could occur while woodworking, including splinters, scratches, cuts, severe bleeding, and shock. Tell what precautions must be taken to help prevent loss of eyesight or hearing, and explain why and when it is necessary to use a dust mask

c. Earn the Totin' Chip recognition


2.  Do the following:

a. Describe how timber is grown, harvested, and milled. Tell how lumber is cured, seasoned, graded, and sized

b. Collect and label blocks of six kinds of wood useful in woodworking. Describe the chief qualities of each. Give the best uses of each


3.  Do the following:

a. Show the proper care, use, and storage of all working tools and equipment that you own or use at home or school

b. Sharpen correctly the cutting edges of two different tools


4. Using a saw, plane, hammer, brace, and bit, make something useful of wood. Cut parts from lumber that you have squared and measured from working drawings


5. Create your own carpentry project. List the materials you will need to complete your project, and then build your project. Keep track of the time you spend and the cost of the materials


6. Do any TWO of the following:

a. Make working drawings of a project needing (1) beveled or rounded edges OR curved or incised cuttings, OR (2) miter, dowel, or mortise and tenon joints. Build this project

b. Make a cabinet, box or something else with a door or lid fastened with inset hinges

c. Help make and repair wooden toys for underprivileged children OR help carry out a carpentry service project approved by your counselor for a charitable organization.


7. Talk with a cabinetmaker or carpenter. Find out about the training, apprenticeship, career opportunities, work conditions, work hours, pay rates, and union organization that woodworking experts have in your area


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