Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Composite Materials Merit Badge


Composite Materials




  1. Do the following:
        A. Explain the precautions that must be taken when handling, storing, and disposing of resins,
              reinforcements, and other materials used in composites. Include in your discussion the importance
              of health, safety, and environmental responsibility and awareness.
        B. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Explain what are composite materials. Include a brief history of composites and how they have
        B. Compare the similarities and differences between composites and wood, aluminum, copper, and
              steel. Explain the physical, electrical, mechanical, corrosive, flammability, cost, and other such
              properties. For each of these raw materials, give one example for how it can be shaped and used
              for a specific application.
  3. Describe how composite materials are made. Then do the following:
        A. Discuss three different composite reinforcement materials, their positive and negative
              characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal,
              and safe-handling sections for these materials.
        B. Discuss three different resins used in composites, their positive and negative characteristics, and
              their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling
              sections for these materials. Include thermoset resins and thermoplastic resins in your discussion.
        C. For each of the three resins you chose for requirement 3b, think of a new application that might be
              worth developing.
  4. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval do ONE of the following:
        A. Visit a company that manufactures or repairs products made with composites. Discuss what you
              learn with your counselor.
        B. Find three composites-related Web sites. Share and discuss what you learn with your counselor.
  5. Do the following:
        A. Use composite materials to complete two projects, at least one of which must come from the
              Composite Materials merit badge pamphlet. The second project may come from the pamphlet OR
              may be one you select on your own that has been approved by your counselor in advance
        B. With your counselor's assistance, find an appropriate site where the projects can be safely
              completed under your counselor's supervision and/or the supervision of an adult approved by your
              counselor who is knowledgeable about composites.
        C. With your counselor, determine how the finished projects will be evaluated. Using those guidelines,
              evaluate the completed projects with your counselor.
  6. Find out about three career opportunities in composite materials. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Composite Materials Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.