In July, Camp William B. Snyder hosted Scout Specialty Week, its first ever Scouts BSA Merit Badge Week. Among the extensive merit badge offerings, Michael’s Woodshop offered the Woodwork Merit Badge, accommodating fourteen youth during three “double length” sessions offered during the week. Scouts began the week covering the “non-tool-use” requirements; shop safety, first aid, lumber milling, curing and grading and tool sharpening. Then the real fun began! Scouts created three projects, each demonstrating the use of different tools, joints or cuts and then designed and built their own project.
The three projects worked on during the week were the Classic Tool Box, a Wooden Mallet (renamed “Thor’s Hammer” by the Scouts) and a Cell Phone Stand. Each project allowed Scouts to use different tools and to learn and practice certain skills and techniques. Scout creativity was on full display during the “design your own” projects with a great range of interesting projects including paper towel holders, PWD car displays, coat racks and even an airplane and a boat! Thirteen of fourteen Scouts fully completed their requirements with the final Scout’s completion contingent only on earning his Totin’ Chip (the only requirement Scouts needed to complete outside of class). It was a very successful week in the woodshop! Check out our slideshow Scout Specialty Week 2021 to see more of the fun.
Michael’s Woodshop operates year-round and is a great venue for Scouts to create and learn. Woodwork Merit Badge classes are offered monthly and Troops may also schedule their own merit badge sessions. In addition, the shop may also be reserved for other Unit activities such as our Baloo the Builder and Webelos Build It Workshops, conservation projects and Eagle Scout Projects.
Please visit the Michael’s Woodshop webpage for more information about the shop capabilities and upcoming events or for information about reserving the shop. If you have questions or would like additional information, please email the volunteer team at MichaelsWoodshop.CWBS@gmail.com