- Pulp and Paper Merit Badge
name =Pulp and Paper Merit Badge
Boy Scouts of America
website =http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-PULP.aspxThe Pulp and Paper merit badge is one of the least commonly earned merit badges of the
Boy Scouts of America. Only about 3,000 pulp and paper badges were earned in 2005, a number small in contrast to the 49,000 woodcarving merit badges earned that year. [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-500.aspx] . It is one of the few merit badges that focus on a particular business or industry. The [http://www.usscouts.org/mb/mb091.html requirements] were revised effective January 18, 1995, although the changes were relatively minor updates in most cases.
The requirements for this merit badge are largely based on learning about the history, structure, technology, and impact of the paper industry. However, there are some activities that Scouts will have the opportunity to complete, especially making a sheet of paper with materials found in their own homes.
Topics covered in the merit badge include:
*The history of
*The impact of pulp and paper products in our society and economy
*The pulp and paper industry
**Major sources of papermaking fibers
**Other uses for
trees and forestland
**Planting, growing and harvesting trees — Scouts learn about
forestryand how our country's woodlands are managed.
**Forest management and
*Fiber sources - Scouts learn how to get fibers from wood and how those fibers are processed to be useful in the production of paper products.
paperis made - Scouts learn about the current commercial production process for making paper, including from recycled sources. Scouts also learn about the technological innovations of [http://desktoppub.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-coatedpaper.htm coated paper] and other kinds of chemically treated papers, such as photographic paper, carbonless copy paper, and cobalt chloride paper.
**Making paper in your own home
*Pulp or paper products found in our homes
*Paper Industry Businesses - Scouts may have the opportunity to visit a business in the pulp or paper industry, such as [http://www.paperonweb.com/plmanf.htm pulp mills] , paper mills, [http://www.thomasnet.com/products/boxes-7110109-1.html container or box plants] , or
recyclingfacilities. Scouts may also learn how companies develop new paper products.
* [http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Pulp_and_Paper Pulp & Paper] Merit Badge requirements and workbook
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