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Troop 110 Boy Scouts make historical cut

by Cecilia Hall
Published 12/8/10

As part of the Boy Scout program’s 100th anniversary in the United States, a historical merit badge program was initiated. Four historic badges were brought back and will be retired again Dec. 31.

Scouts learn how to use carpentry toolsBoy Scout Josh Strauss and his dad Steve look on as Jerry Hall demonstrates a rip saw.

One of the merit badges, carpentry, was first offered in 1911 and retired in 1952. The 2010 goal was to have Scouts imagine life without power tools, to better grasp how everything was made by hand, and to empathize with a Scout earning this badge 100 years ago. Scouts of North Bend Troop 110 had the opportunity to earn this badge by completing the six requirements.

Local contractor Jerry Hall demonstrated the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, mitre, rip-saw, hand plane, and bit and brace as well as how to lay wood shingles. Scouts understood from first-hand experience the importance of “measure twice and cut once” once they put forth the considerable physical effort required to saw a board. Before moving on to design and build a sturdy shelf, they had to build a mitre box to insure their boards were cut straight and at proper angles. Installing screws and driving nails further challenged them.

While these Scouts built a shelf as a project, the 1911 Scout was directed to “make a simple article of furniture for practical use in the home or on the home grounds,” and given plans on how to build a necktie rack, a book trough and magazine stand or a footstool.

Local scouts participating in the day- long event included Jared Spiker, Noah Brodd, Kendall Eveland, Josh Minarick, Sam Wesely, Alex Archer, Greg Flack, a guest from Pack 42, Sean Mullally, Josh Strauss and Joel Hines.
Parents attending were Chuck Brodd, Mike Spiker, Beth Flack, Greg Hines, Steve Strauss, Scott Eveland and Scoutmaster Steve Minarick.

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