I had the largest group of Boy Scouts at my house that I've ever had at once for the Textile Merit Badge. They all had a great time and I promised them that as a mother of two boys, and a former Scoutmaster - I would make this as boy-centric as possible.
Here are the pictures that Jonathan Glassman took as his son Adam earned his very first merit badge.
"Dad - don't take my picture!"
"I said 'Don't take my picture!"
Working steadily on a weaving project.
Prepare to DYE! Adam adds the ground cochineal beetles to pot of boiling salted water.
Time for a snack and playing with the puppies.
Class photo - 17 students! It was a very large class, but everyone did it.
Here's the recap of the day from Jonathan:
Great fun today in Jennifer Jackson's basement! Adam participated in a Textile Merit Badge class and earned the badge (his very first merit badge). What's that? Learning about textile is boring? NO WAY! Jennifer billed the course as being all about bugs and poop! Great way to peak the interest of a 10 year old boy! And, yes, we did learn about bugs, poop, and some other interesting things used in the making of textiles, along with each of the boys learning all about the industry and completing both weaving and dying projects. On the way home Adam told me that he had such a good time that, even though he'd now earned the badge and can't earn it again, he wants to go back when Jennifer next runs the class just for the fun of it.