Carpentry Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet


Carpentry Merit Badge

Carpentry Merit Badge

April, 2010

Carpentry was one of four Historic Merit Badges reintroduced during 2010 for the BSA Centennial celebration and is no longer available to be earned.
Some additional restrictions include:

Requirements for the Carpentry merit badge:

  1. Demonstrate the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, miter, chalk-line and bevel.
  2. Demonstrate the proper way to drive, set, and clinch a nail, draw a spike with a claw-hammer, and to join two pieces of wood with screws.
  3. Show correct use of the cross-cut saw and of the rip-saw.
  4. Show how to plane the edge, end and the broad surface of a board.
  5. Demonstrate how to lay shingles.
  6. Make a simple article of furniture for practical use in the home or on the home grounds, finished in a workmanlike manner, all work to be done without assistance.




Comments:
 Feb 16, 2014 - Olinn Brown
During summer of 2010, I counseled 12 scouts in our troop on Carpentry.  This was a collection of young and older scouts.
Their project was to build a birdhouse from parts I had already cut.  However, the scouts had to handsaw parts to length, plane the face, edge grain and edge of the front, mail and screw parts together and shingle the roof with small cedar shakes.  We covered the other requirements of the badge.

I grew up building stuff and was astounded to learn that some of our scouts had never driven a nail or set a wood screw.  None had ever handled a plane, some had never sawn a board.  And obviously, none had ever seen a bevel, chalk line or plumb bob.

They did pretty well on the birdhouse with help from older scouts and thought the chalk line was extra cool!

Since, even in our technologically advanced society, folks may have to drive a nail or set a screw or even saw something, I'm extremely disappointed that Carpentry was discontinued.Olin Brown Troop 1222, College Stn,TX
Feb 23, 2014 - Mark Smilor
When I was growing up, I built many small projects in my grandfather's garage.  It gave me an appreciation of how to do wood projects correctly, and safely! I'm disappointed that the carpentry badge is no longer available, because scouts should be industrious and creative.  I would like to think that there are builders and remodelers, who would be glad to do a demonstration of today's building techniques with modern equipment!  Please reconsider!
Mar 09, 2014 - Anthony Liguori
It's a shame and tragety that this is not part of the current badge menu. Though the requirements above are rather weak for the topic, there seems little reason not to bolster and update the requirements for the purpose of reinstating this worthwhile and pertinent option.  It is easily argued that skill development and experience in this area has as least as much, if not more relavance and application than many other badges currently offered.  
Apr 22, 2014 - Rick Rose
I agree--This badge should be revived. I can't think why it was discontinued, unless perhaps because of the old-fashioned nature of the requirements. Even as an antique tool hobbyist, I had to ponder the meaning of "clinching" a nail. I would not, however, abandon the introduction of old tools and techniques. Just put them side-by-side with the power tools, and take the opportunity to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each. But by all means bring it back!

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