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Forum topic by firecaster posted 03-29-2009 05:51 PM 851 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2009 05:51 PM

Hello all,
I’ve started a woodworking merit badge clinic for six scouts in my troop. Yes, I’ve told them my skills aren’t that great, yet. You should have heard the oohs and aahs when I showed them this site and some of the projects. They are ages 12 to 16.

One of the requirements says, “Talk with a cabinetmaker or carpenter. Find out about the training, apprenticeship, career opportunities, work conditions, work hours, pay rates, and union organizations.”

If you’d be willing to let one or more interview you by e-mail, please message me your e-mail address, name (they are to say Mr or Mrs), and where you are in this world.

I’m sure they will ask the questions exactly as they’re written. Please be honest but up beat. Maybe this is the start of a life long hobby or job for them. I would also ask that you copy me your communication with them They’ll put my e-mail in the cc line.


-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 06:16 PM


I commend you on your work with the Scouts. As a retired teacher, I had many students become Eagle Scouts and I know how proud they and their parents were of this accomplishment and how much it helped them succeed in life.

I am not a professional carpenter/wood worker. My background is in Electronics and Computers but if I can be of any help, please let me know.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 06:30 PM

I also commend you for your work with the Scouts. Keep up the good work.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 07:29 PM

Eagle scout here!! I can help with the first aid part. My woodworking is a hobby only and dont have much input on the business end. Keep up the good work.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 08:27 PM

Hi Roger

I have been a cabinet/furniture designer and builder for over 35 years. I am now retired and in the process of setting up a new cabinet shop to build cabinets part time. Look at my home on LJ and see some of the different projects I have done over the years. If you are interested in my help, send me your Email address and I will send you mine.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 12:18 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy the boys most of the time. I am starting to get burned out on camping every month after six years.

I really believe if more men would work with boys where they want to be; sports, scouts, woodshop, etc. we could turn this country around.

MedicKen, congratulations on being an Eagle.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 04:45 AM

Firecaster: I am an Eagle (class of ‘68) and my son as well in 1999. I would still be doing a monthly camp out except my wife said that 14 years was enough, spend time with me and the house remodeling. I agree wholeheartedly with working with boys/young men is the only way to make a difference for the future.
I have done many interviews with Scouts pursuing their Citizenship Merit Badges but don’t qualify for woodworking.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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