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6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:

a. Paint a wall or ceiling.

b. Repair or replace damaged tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring.

c. Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains.

d. Replace window blind cords.

e. Repair or replace a window sash cord.

f. Reinforce a picture frame.

g. Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery.

 

 

Can you repeat any of the above or does each of the three have to be unique? I moved to a new home one year ago and we simply don't have anything that can be done on this list other than paint another wall or ceiling or reinforce another picture frame. Nothing is broken, nothing need be replaced, nothing mended. It could be years (hopefully) before we need to fix any of those. The MBC has stated that we are to do these on our own and just take pics of the project as proof that it has been done. My scout needs one more on this list to be completed. None of our local relatives need any work done either and we would like to avoid roaming the neighborhood looking for someone that needs b, c, d, e, or g.

 

I guess we could always break a piece of pottery and mend it but would also like to avoid that. :) I doubt the final product will look quite as nice as the original. I also guess we could just go buy a cheap piece of pottery too if the answer to the above inquiry is "no."

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Argh. That requirement needs some rethinking.  Time to be disobedient and change requirements. :rolleyes:

 

When I counseled this mb, I asked scouts what needed fixing at their house and then told them what needed fixing at my house. Plenty of tasks as we get a house ready for winter. So a list was made like the following and we went from there. 

 

replace furnace filter

replace batteries on fire/smoke alarms

weatherstrip door/windows

replace door bell

replace door locks

replace light fixture

install under sink water filter <-- scout learned about town water quality

install dishwasher  <--- yes I had a scout remove old dishwasher and install replacement.  Scout was happy, Mom was thrilled.

install kitchen under cabinet lights

replace warped cabinet shelves

fix door closing problems

attach TV stand, dressers, etc to walls or floor to prevent fall-over <--  very popular.

install child-safe house features

 

My $0.02,

 

P.S.  If it ain't broken don't fix it.  :)

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Oh, I agree the list is very limiting, but also, I think generally the spirit of these requirements is that Scouts build a variety of experiences.   Someone should request / recommend an update of this badge, but that doesn't help you right now, Hawkin.  

 

Do you have any offbeat places in your home that need curtains, like maybe a garage window or a basement window?  Think about every room in your house.   Otherwise, I think it's totally fair to ask your counselor if you can repeat and see what s/he says.   

 

Good luck! 

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7 minutes ago, WisconsinMomma said:

 Someone should request / recommend an update of this badge,

 

At least one person did :rolleyes: along with the suggestion about allowing parents to act as MBC (just like Cub Scouts) for this merit badge after all their house.

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6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:

a. Paint a wall or ceiling.

b. Repair or replace damaged tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring.

c. Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains.

d. Replace window blind cords.

e. Repair or replace a window sash cord.

f. Reinforce a picture frame.

g. Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery.

 

UNDER THE SUPERVISION of your MB counselor..... does that person need to be on-site?  Sounds like it.

 

And where does it say any of this has to be done at the scout's home?  Maybe Grandma needs a room painted.  And I'll guarantee that no one is going to let any scout repair or replace a window sash cord.  I bet most don't even know what that is.  In this day and age, no one mends anything especially anything made of china, glass or pottery.  It gets trashed. 

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I would recommend having the scout ask at his school, place of worship, etc., whether they need any of those things done.

 

And if they need one more, have them go down to the local thrift store, buy a framed picture, and reinforce the frame.  Then, hang it on the wall, or just donate it back.  While they're there, they can look for any broken objects made of glass, china or pottery.  As a last resort, find one and break it!

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 It used to be parents were de facto MBCs ... back when counselor lists were suggestive helps, not exhaustive bounds.

Also , substitutions were par for the course. I painted the eaves of the house and replaced a worn crank handle on an aluminum window frame.

 

But, volunteering to spruce up someone else's home is a rewarding strategy. In fact, I happen to know a tired old scouter in a house twice his age on the north side of Pittsburgh ...

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We just had a "promotional visit" on this Merit Badge (along with some of the related "trade" ones) as our last Troop meeting. There are always some boys who are attracted to this sort of thing -- we promote it as 'old school manly'* sort of thing. We did Auto Repair one year on our church van. My son was so excited when he did plumbing when he got to solder a copper pipe --did it much better and neater than I ever had--that when I needed one done in a tight space in my house I let him do the job instead of me. He was 12 at the time and did great. 

 

I view these Merit Badges as trying to drum in most boys that someday they need to know they are capable of repairing things --or at least diagnosing-- instead of just calling a repair man. Most of our parents are profe$$ionals and while they seem like good lawyers, doctors, etc seem to have a minimum of practical skills. I like to pass on what my late dad gave me --he was an accountant who could debate you on the logic of Thomas Aquinas (though he was an atheist) while pulling a transmission over the weekend for a DIY overhaul. I am not as skilled as him but I learned enough rudimentary stuff by watching and being taught the simple stuff. 

 

 

*I realize lasses can be as handy as lads it's just that until this year we were marketing to boys.

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Agree with others, look to see if their neighbors, church, other scouts, friends need those repairs done.  tie service in to the MB, seems an easy solution. 

side note, I read (g) and "Made in china" :laugh:

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On 11/30/2017 at 10:20 AM, Tampa Turtle said:

We just had a "promotional visit" on this Merit Badge (along with some of the related "trade" ones) as our last Troop meeting. There are always some boys who are attracted to this sort of thing -- we promote it as 'old school manly'* sort of thing. We did Auto Repair one year on our church van. My son was so excited when he did plumbing when he got to solder a copper pipe --did it much better and neater than I ever had--that when I needed one done in a tight space in my house I let him do the job instead of me. He was 12 at the time and did great. 

 

I view these Merit Badges as trying to drum in most boys that someday they need to know they are capable of repairing things --or at least diagnosing-- instead of just calling a repair man. Most of our parents are profe$$ionals and while they seem like good lawyers, doctors, etc seem to have a minimum of practical skills. I like to pass on what my late dad gave me --he was an accountant who could debate you on the logic of Thomas Aquinas (though he was an atheist) while pulling a transmission over the weekend for a DIY overhaul. I am not as skilled as him but I learned enough rudimentary stuff by watching and being taught the simple stuff. 

 

 

*I realize lasses can be as handy as lads it's just that until this year we were marketing to boys.

Home Repairs, imo, is one of the most important merit badges on the list.  You want to breed independence into a boy (or girl) let them fix their property. 

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