Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements


  1. Collect samples of five different kinds of leather. Learn the chief characteristics and best uses of each.
  2. Make an article of leather that uses at least four of the following:
    1. Transfer of a cutting pattern or tooling design
    2. Cutting leather
    3. Decoration of leather by tooling or stamping
    4. Applying dye and/or finish to the project
    5. Punching holes
    6. Lacing or stitching
  3. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of leather shoes or leather articles such as hiking boots or a baseball glove.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Learn how to tan, cure, and finish leather.
    2. Tan or cure the skin of a small animal.
    3. Plait or braid an article of leather. Make a terminal Turk's head.
    4. Visit a leather shop, tannery, saddle shop, or a leather goods manufacturer. Find out how they use leather and report what you learned.

BSA Advancement ID#: 69
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002