Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Wed, 5 May 1993 04:13:00 GMT
>I will be working with somebody on teaching the Woodcarving Merit Badge. I
>have a few questions.
>1. Although I was never a scout, I understand that this merit badge is often
>taught at summer camp. How long did it take, and what was the procedure?
I worked in a Summer Camp Handicraft Area for 2 summers. We had a few scouts
take WoodCarving MB, and if they took the time to complete the requirements
and get their projects done, it could be completed in a week without an
extensive ammount of effort. I started my badge at camp, finishing my low
relief project, and completed it 5.5 months later (just before the partial
expired). Of that time, I was really serious about completing it for about a
month. The main reason I didn't complete it at camp was due to the other
badges I was taking (basketry & environmental science) [yes, I know the
requirements for Basketry are simple, with 2 projects, but getting the
projects finished does take time, and environmental science on top doesn't
>2. How much experience are the scouts supposed to get? Are they supposed to
>get a little hands on and learn some fundamentals, along with carving something
>very simple? Or are they supposed to carve something that will take more than
>just an afternoon?
The size of the project should depend upon the age of the scout. If it is a
young scout (11 or 12) even a small project can be a challenge. Older scouts
could be encouraged to attempt a more challenging project. The neckercheif
slides on p CR4 (group 3; group 4 are plastic for painting) of the BSA catalog
make good projects for the carving in the round. I expect the eagle and the
cheif are more challenging projects, Paul Bunyan and the scout sign a moderate
challenge, and the others simplier ones. If they do a good job, one of these
projects will probably take an afternoon just to carve, plus sanding &
painting time (don't approve it without appropriate finish). The minature duck
decoys on the same page look like they might be good projects (I'm not sure
how much work is required, though).
As for a low relief project, I made a 4" diameter merit badge. I enlarged the
scouting graphics for suitable patterns for this type of project (mainly since
I can't do a freehand drawing) a few summers ago for the camp I used to work
at. Background was flattened, as was area outside border. All "embroiderary"
was raised. Let the scout choose the merit badge to do, again approving based
on age and skill level (First Aid, Safety, Environmental Science, only for
younger type scouts).
>3. Has anybody out there taught woodcarving? How did you do it? What did
>you do for relief carving tools - gouges, chisels, etc.
I can't say that I have really "taught" woodcarving, although I did approve
projects at camp (WoodCarving wasn't really emphasized in our area, probably
due to lack of skills/time/interest). As far as the tools, I used mostly
a simple chisel. However I was mostly self taught, and the woodcarving tools
I have were a cheap $5 set - the simple chisels wer ethe only thing which
Good luck working with the scout.
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348 Oak Forest, IL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City