Textile Merit Badge
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 will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - 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 direction 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. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). 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 
Textile Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Textile Merit Badge Workbook
Textile Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Textile Merit Badge 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


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 helpful, if not easiest, to prepare for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts make notes to help prepare themselves for discussion during the class on this requirement.  It is not acceptable to try and wing-it or fake their way through answering this requirement and Scouts should be ready to show that they understand the elements called for in this requirement.


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).

Scouts should bring their swatches to class to share and use during the class discussion of Requirement 2 and its components.

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

Scouts should come to the class with notes or some other way of sharing their findings asked for in requirement 2b along with their swatch samples.

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. While not required, but highly encouraged, Scouts are encouraged to explore doing work ahead of time and bringing that work to share as a part of the class.


ONLINE CLASS PARTICIPANTS - you will need to do Requirement 3 on your own prior to the class. All Scouts will share their work during the class for review.


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 should review their Textile Merit Badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for discussion in the class the terms identified in this requirement. It is highly recommended to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes of your findings. Scouts in attendance that have not reviewed their merit badge pamphlet and/or do not actively participate in the class discussion will find it difficult to complete this requirement.


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 notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to help organize their findings and notes.  Documenting your research and findings will help make completion of this requirement much easier during the class.


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 / updated: April 2019