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FARM MECHANICS MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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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 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 for 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 directions 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 Farm Mechanics Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Farm Mechanics 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.

 

 

FARM MECHANICS MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Farm Mechanics Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor the safety equipment, tools, and clothing used while checking or repairing farm equipment. Use this equipment, tools, and/or clothing (when needed or called for) in meeting the requirements for this merit badge.

b. Draw a plan showing a well-equipped farm shop. Point out the shop's mandatory safety devices and features.

c. Find all the universal warning and safety symbols on a piece of equipment and explain what they mean.

d. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used. Obtain the MSDS for any engine coolant, oil, grease, fuel, hydraulic or transmission fluid, or other flammable or hazardous materials you use in meeting the requirements for this merit badge.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items. Scouts should also bring their drawing required in 2B ready to share with the counselor during the discussion time in the class.

 

2. Explain how power is produced or transferred in a:

a. Diesel engine.

b. Hydraulic system.

c. Transmission or any other power system.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain. It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or a Merit Badge Workbook to make and organize their notes for reference during the class to help them explain their findings.

 

3. Do TWO of the following:

a. Replace the handle of any tool found on the farm.

b. Organize a tool rack or a storage system for nails, bolts, nuts, and washers.

c. Using a hand file, properly dress the mushroom head of a chisel or punch.

d. Using a hand file, correctly dress a screwdriver tip.

This requirement will be completed during the class. Scouts still need to be sure to review the Farm Mechanics Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class to ensure they have a basic understanding of the requirement, its components, and the information provided in the pamphlet to help further the Scout's understanding.  Only Scouts who clearly show they have prepared for his requirement AND actively participate in the class activity will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

4. Do ONE of the following:

a. On an engine-powered machine: grease all fittings, change the oil and oil filter, clean the air filter, clean the radiator fins, and replace the fuel filters.

b. For any engine-powered machine, create a preoperational checklist; include checking the engine coolant, engine oil, hydraulic and/or transmission fluid, and battery voltage (using a voltmeter). Using your checklist, conduct a preoperational check of that machinery or equipment.

c. Prepare any farm machine for winter storage.

This requirement will be completed during the class. Scouts still need to be sure to review the Farm Mechanics Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class to ensure they have a basic understanding of the requirement, its components, and the information provided in the pamphlet to help further the Scout's understanding.  Only Scouts who clearly show they have prepared for his requirement AND actively participate in the class activity will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

5. Visit an implement dealer. Interview the dealer technician or service manager for hints on good preventive maintenance. Ask why it is important, the costs, and what causes wear or damage. Report what you learn.

Requirement 5 will NOT be covered in the class, HOWEVER, Scouts who can bring documented proof of completing any of the components of this requirement will have an opportunity to share with the counselor their accomplishments and potentially be signed off  If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof), most counselors will sign off on the requirement.

 

6. Explain each step in ONE of the following maintenance procedures:

a. Tightening hydraulic fittings.

b. Checking the air filter.

c. Cleaning a work piece with a wire-brush wheel.

This requirement will be completed during the class. Scouts still need to be sure to review the Farm Mechanics Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class to ensure they have a basic understanding of the requirement, its components, and the information provided in the pamphlet to help further the Scout's understanding.  Only Scouts who clearly show they have prepared for his requirement AND actively participate in the class activity will be considered for sign off on this requirement.

 

7. Find out about three career opportunities in farm mechanics. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015