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Check out Welding merit badge requirements, launch info, video

Update (March 5, 2012): As of Feb. 24, the merit badge is now “live”! The pamphlet should be in your local Scout Shop, or you can order it through ScoutStuff by clicking here. Once it’s earned, Scouters can click here to order the emblem.

Hot news: Welding merit badge here!

As I told you in November, the BSA turned to the American Welding Society to help create a new merit badge that will teach Scouts about a real-world field where demand for workers exceeds supply.

The image of Industrial Age welders toiling away in dimly lit factories is long gone. Today’s welders must learn cutting-edge technology to create the products we use every day—cars, buildings, bicycles.

With America’s demand for manufactured goods growing, so too is the need for new talent. By the end of the decade, it’s estimated that our country will have a critical need for 200,000 new welders. Talk about job security!

Right on cue, the BSA’s 128th current merit badge is scheduled for a Feb. 24, 2012 release.

That means Scouts can now pick up a copy of the requirements book and start earning the badge.

To give you an idea of what’s in store, check out the official, final Welding merit badge requirements:

Welding merit badge requirements

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while welding, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.

b. Show that you know first aid for, and the prevention of, injuries or illnesses that could occur while welding, including electrical shock, eye injuries, burns, fume inhalation, dizziness, skin irritation, and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including filler metals and welding gases.

2. Do the following:

a. With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Material Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the MSDS.

b. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that must be worn when welding. Then, present yourself properly dressed for welding—in protective equipment, clothing, and footwear.

c. Explain and demonstrate the proper care and storage of welding equipment, tools, and protective clothing and footwear.

3. Explain the terms welding, electrode, slag, and oxidation. Describe the welding process, how heat is generated, what kind of filler metal is added (if any), and what protects the molten metal from the atmosphere.

4. Name the different mechanical and thermal cutting methods. Choose one method and describe how to use the process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation of this process.

5. Do the following:

a. Select two welding processes, and make a list of the different components of the equipment required for each process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation for each process.

b. Choose one welding process. Set up the process you have chosen, including gas regulators, work clamps, cables, filler materials, and equipment settings. Have your counselor inspect and approve the area for the welding process you have chosen.

6. After successfully completing requirements 1 through 5, use the equipment you prepared for the welding process in 5b to do the following:

a. Using a metal scribe or soapstone, sketch your initial onto a metal plate, and weld a bead on the plate following the pattern of your initial.

b. Cover a small plate (approximately 3″ x 3″ x 1/4″) with weld beads side by side.

c. Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.

d. Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.

e. Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.

f. Tack two plates together in a lap joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a lap joint with fillet weld on both sides.

7. Do the following:

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

b. Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession.

Making of the Welding merit badge

Check out this behind-the-scenes video below:

23 Comments on Check out Welding merit badge requirements, launch info, video

  1. whats the scoop on the kayak and the search and rescue merit badges??

    • They’re the next two merit badges. I’m so excited about both, so rest assured that I’ll post all the details here as soon as I get them.

  2. Any chance Beekeeping can be brought back? Not as relevant as robotics, but a cool one for those interested.

    • Beekeeping is indeed VERY important! Bees are essential for our survival but fewer and fewer people are getting into it. Beekeeping is not that difficult and can be done as a hobby. Gardeners – a hive or two near your garden will surprise you with your harvest!

  3. All to often councilors make it far too easy for scouts to obtain a merit badge. Notice I did not say earn the merit badge. I hope that the councilors for this badge really have the scouts earn it and have the sliced potatos ready.

  4. My son becomes a Boy Scout tomorrow. The welding badge is a good opportunity for him, as my father is a welder. Can anyone be his counselor, or does it have to be someone local? My parents are 1100 miles from here, but we visit every summer. If my father could be his counselor, it would be a great thing for them to do together.

    • He can sign up at a local scout center to become a merit badge counselor. Once he’s approved he can sign him off. If he likes it he should offer up his services to the local troops. It’s a great way to stay active.

  5. In this day and age where everybody wins and gets a trophy, Kids think they can do the minimum to get the badges. I am a MB counselor for about a dozen badges and I have been told by parents that I am to tough on the kids when it come to making the kids DO THE REQUIREMENTS.

    • I agree with you 100% on this. Unless my son has EARNS his badges, he doesn’t deserve to receive them. There is no honor in taking the easy way out. Thankfully, the troop he is joining is very meticulous in confirming the boys have done the requisite amount of work.

    • I so agree with you ! In our troop, they hold classes for the kids to encourage them to earn the badges. Now, kids in our troop no longer call me- i am supposed to call them !

      The toughest thing i remember about earning a badge as a kid was getting the courage up to call someone i didn’t know- God forbid you were unprepared during the first meeting. He would never see you again !

  6. Re: New Welding MB: Good addition! Just a comment – not really a response to above comments. The Welding MB requirements seem OK, and certainly not too hard. As a comparison to the Metal Working MB, there is no creative component where the scout has to draw and image and then create it. That’s an interesting feature of the Metal Working MB and would fit in well with Welding MB. (BTW – I am a grandparent of two scouts, have done Metal Working MB for four scouts and am MB counselor on other MBs. Not a “professional” welder but have done quite a lot of it.)

    • I guess I’m still unsure why it’s not just one badge. Metalworking and Welding have similar requirements — I’m pretty certain that my son has already done most [if not all] the requirements when he welded together a metal box and a taco (yes, a taco sculpture ;-)) for Metalworking. I would have preferred them to be combined into one.

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  8. Bryan, any chance we can get a peak at the SAR requirements in the near future? It is my understanding that National wants to release the details at the National Meeting in May, but for those of us wanting to incorporate some of the activities into the summer camp program it will be of little use to have the requirements held until that time.

  9. Claudia reyna // February 6, 2012 at 11:10 am // Reply

    I want to know the date for this merit badge..?

    • Hi Claudia,

      It’s out in late February or early March. Stay tuned to my blog for details. Thanks!

  10. wow, those are pretty weak requirements. I thought that they were called MERIT badges.

    • Merit badges are an introduction to activities and skills. They cannot foster mastery of a skill, but can give the scout a little background on the subject, a little training on the activity, and the requirement to demonstrate a little grasp of the subject. If it is interesting to the boy, he can pursue it on his own. Expertise is years of practice.

  11. Sean Bailey // March 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm // Reply

    I’m surprised you can just pick a welding process – MIG welding those requirements is much, much easier than trying to TIG weld them, or something crazy like stick or oxy-acetylene. I feel like the requirements are quite light for a merit badge too – some understanding of current, voltage, etc is really useful for understanding welding as more than melting metal together.

  12. Merit badges are symbols of accomplishments for Boy Scouts. It is great that there is an available badge for knowledge in welding. Best of luck to those who will strive to get one!

  13. I was a Tenderfoot when I earned the Welding Merit Badge. I would like to share my experience. I was able to attend a Merit Badge program sponsored by Miller Electric and the American Welding Society during the 65th Annual Assembly and Conference of the International Institute of Welding in Denver. Before the class I had to complete all of the written requirements. The first things we talked about were safety, following directs and the injuries you can get if you paying attention. We completed the required welds, got to carve our initials with an X-Treme Plasma Cutter and spent time in a state of the art virtual training center. I think was a great way to earn the Welding Merit badge. It took focus and patience to finish everything in the time we had and I learned lot.

  14. I was told at one of the councils while in training this weekend, that some company had donated welding equipment to the BSA. Enough that each council was to be allocated on welding set up per council to teach the welding merit badge. Is this true and who was the company?

  15. Danny ekstrom // March 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    What is 6 c

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