Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Leatherwork Merit Badge






  1. Identify and demonstrate to your counselor the safe use of leatherworking tools. Show correct procedures for handling leathercraft dyes, cements, and finished. Know first aid for cuts, internal poisoning, and skin irritation.
  2. Explain to your counselor
        A. Where leather comes from
        B. What kinds of hides are used to make leather
        C. What are five types of leather
        D. What are the best uses for each type of leather
  3. Make one or more articles of leather that use at least five of the following steps:
        A. Pattern layout and transfer
        B. Cutting leather
        C. Punching holes
        D. Carving or stamping surface designs.
        E. Applying dye or stain and finish to the project.
        F. Assembly by lacing or stitching
        G. Setting snaps and rivets
        H. Dressing edges
  4. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of your shoes, a baseball glove, a saddle, furniture or other articles of leather.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.
        B. Tan the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method
              that you used. C. Braid or plait an article out of leather or vinyl lace.
        C. Braid or plait an article out of leather or vinyl lace.
        D. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather
              goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor.

Leatherwork 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.