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





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. Textile 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. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the importance of textiles. In your discussion define the terms fiber, fabric and textile. Give examples of textiles you use every day.

Scouts will find using the merit badge pamphlet as a good starting point to prepare for this requirement.  While the counselor will be able to help give personal experience and insight to this requirement, it should not be expected by any Scout to get signed off on this requirement without some pre-class preparation.  Of course active participation during the class discussion will also be required in order for a Scout to be considered for sign off on this requirement.  Scouts may want to consider making notes to reference to help show the counselor that they have put effort into preparing for this requirement as well as to refernece during discusion. Be prepared..


2. Do the following:

a. Get swatches of two natural fiber fabrics (100 percent cotton, linen, wool or silk; no blends). Get swatches of two synthetic fiber fabrics (nylon, polyester, acrylic, olefin, or spandex). Get a sample of one cellulosic fabric (rayon, acetate or lyocell).

b. Give the origin, major characteristics, and general content of each type of fiber obtained for 2(a). Explain the difference between a cellulosic manufactured fiber and a synthetic manufactured fiber

Scouts should bring their swatches to class to share during the discussion of Requirement 2a in the class. Scouts should come to the class with notes or some other way of sharing their findings of the characteristics and differences asked for in requirement 2b.

c. Describe the main steps in making raw fiber into yarn, and yarn into fabric

Scouts will find reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will help them prepare for class discussion on this requirement..

d. Assume you will soon buy a new garment or other textile item. Tell your counselor what fiber or blend of fibers you want the item to be, and give reasons for your choice.

Scouts should come to the class with a garment or textile item in mind and be prepared to discuss their findings.


3. Do TWO of the following:

a. Visit a textile plant, textile products manufacturer or textile school or college. Report on what you saw and learned

b. Weave a belt, headband, place mat or wall hanging. Use a simple loom that you have made yourself.

c. With a magnifying glass, examine a woven fabric, a nonwoven fabric, and a knitted fabric. Sketch what you see. Explain how the three constructions are different.

d. Make a piece of felt

e. Make two natural dyes and use them to dye a garment or a piece of fabric

f. Waterproof a fabric

g. Demonstrate how to identify fibers, using microscope identification or the breaking test

The merit badge counselor will help facilitate completing this requirement in the class, however, Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet prior to the class to have a general understanding of each of the components of this requirement in order to successfully accomplish the requirement.


4. Explain the meaning of 10 of the following terms: warp, harness, heddle, shed, aramid, spandex, sliver, yarn, spindle, distaff, loom, cellulose, sericulture, extrusion, carbon fibers, spinneret, staple, worsted, nonwoven, greige goods

Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for this requirement and should find all information needed to prepare for explanation of this requirement during the class discussion.  It is recommended to utilize a merit badge workbook or other media to make notes for use when sharing your knowledge during the class.


5. List the advantages and disadvantages of natural plant fibers, natural animal fibers, cellulosic manufactured fibers, and synthetic manufactured fibers. Identify and discuss at least four ecological concerns regarding the production and care of textiles.

Scouts will need to do little research ahead of time for this requirement, but will also find a lot of the information needed in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts may want to utilize a merit badge workbook to help organize their findings and notes.  Documenting your research and findings will help make completion of this requirement much easier.


6. Explain to your merit badge counselor, either verbally or in a written report, five career possibilities in the textile industry. Tell about two positions that interest you the most and the education, cost of training and specific duties those positions require.

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 - February 2016