Michael’s Woodshop

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Michael’s Woodshop offers a number of scheduled events:

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Schedule Your Own Event

Michael’s Woodshop may be reserved by NCAC Scouts, Units, and Districts for events such as:

  • Eagle Scout Projects (See Project Gallery!)
  • Pack/Den Activities (Pick you own Project)
  • Baloo the Builder Workshop (Description) (Slideshow)
  • Webelos Build It Workshop (Description)
  • Troop Activities (Service Projects, Klondike Sled)
  • District Events (Camporees, Merit Badge Days)
  • Unit Project (Crossover Bridge, Advancement Board

Scroll down to view project ideas

For questions or additional information, please email us at michaelswoodshop.cwbs@gmail.com.

More Information About Michael’s Woodshop

Recent Articles

Latest Newsletter

Michael’s Woodshop News Summer 2021 [PDF]

Camping Continues Video

Michael’s Woodshop was featured in a recent video from the OA’s Camping Continues series. If you would like to see the shop and learn a little about our capabilities, please take a few minutes to watch the video.

Woodshop Events

Michael’s Woodshop is pleased to offer a wide range of activities for Scouts of all ages. Each month we offer several Woodwork Merit Badge sessions as well as a Woodworking Skills Class, focused on building woodworking skills for Scouts and adults. To find a class, you may use the links in the table below or simply scan through our calendar (below) to see scheduled events. Don’t forget to check back in the fall to see the schedule of sessions for our Fourth Annual Pinewood Derby Days!

Upcoming Events

Date / TimeEvent LinkDescription$
Dates in Dec and JanPinewood Derby DaysCome out and work on your car in our supervised wood shop5
MonthlyWoodwork MB Classroom SessionsClassroom Session for WW MB Req 1, 2, 3b, 75
MonthlyWoodwork MB Shop TimeSupervised shop time for Woodwork MB Req 4, 5 & 610
MonthlyWoodworking Skills Classes A series of classes focused on developing different woodworking skills.5
Jul-OctLadies Nights in the WoodshopEvents for potential female volunteers to have some fun in the shop learn more about volunteering. 0
PeriodicPaddlemaking ClassHosted by the Aquatics Committee, a unique opportunity to learn the skills of paddlemaking.60

Shop Calendar

Reserving Michael’s Woodshop

Michael’s Woodshop has the tools and work space to complete almost any woodworking or carpentry project and may be reserved by Scouts, Units, and Districts for a wide variety of Scouting activities, including Eagle Scout Projects, Pack or Den activities, Troop activities, and District Events. Our group of volunteer Shop Stewards can assist you in organizing and tailoring an activity to meet the age range and size of your group and they are available to supervise and assist with your event.

The shop may be reserved for events on weekends and weeknights (evenings). With some advance planning, we can also accommodate events on weekdays.

How to Reserve

  1. Decide on a project (and have plans or drawings if possible)
  2. Determine the number of Scouts who will attend and their ages
  3. Review our Shop Calendar (above) to find an available date to hold your event. We recommend selecting a primary date and one or two alternates.

Woodshop Usage Fees

District Sponsored Events$125/dayReserves the shop for a full day of activities regardless of number of attendees. Material and supply costs not included.
Camp Hosted Pinewood Derby Build Day$5/scoutScouts need to bring their own car kits and weights
Pinewood Derby Sessions:

Full Day Pack Session
Half Day Pack Session
Den Session

Packs & Dens need to review and follow the Pack/Den PWD Rules & Responsibilities for these sessions
up to 8 hrs./30 participants
up to 4 hrs./16 participants
up to 2 1/2 hrs./10 participants, weeknights only
Baloo the Builder Workshop$12/person2 to 2 1/2 hour workshop covering all Baloo the Builder Requirements (view description)
Camp Hosted Events or Unit Use
– Manual Focus/Basic Tools
capped at $50/unit
Primarily hand tool use and non-cutting power tools – drills, sanders, etc.
Camp Hosted Events or Unit Use
– Full Shop/Major Tools
capped at $100/unit
Events where the full capacity of the shop is required including use of major power tools – jointer, planer, saws, etc.
Eagle Scout Projects$25/day

Youth Protection Note

Please note: Michael’s Woodshop maintains required YPT standards. That is we ensure that two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or older are at all Scouting activities.

Units attending events at Michael’s Woodshop must help us with the requirement that “A registered female leader 21 years of age or older must be present at any activity involving female youth.” If you unit is bringing female youth, you must provide a female leader over the age of 21. If a female leader is unavailable the Scout must attend with one of their parents.

Support Michael’s Woodshop

Michael’s Woodshop is dedicated to offering programs and other activities that directly support the Aims & Methods of Scouting. We are always looking for ways to expand or improve the capabilities of our shop. We happily accept donations of new or good condition used tools. We have created a wish list of items that we currently need. For those that wish to purchase an item for the shop, we have included many items on our Amazon registry. Small items may be dropped off at the office or shipped directly to Camp Snyder.

View Our Current Needs

How the Woodshop is Used

See a few key measures of how the shop is being put to use.

Camp William B. Snyder
Attn: Wood Shop
6100 Antioch Rd
Haymarket, VA 20169
Phone: 571-248-4904

Just because an item does not appear on our wish list does not mean we can’t use it. If you have good condition used tools that are not listed or large equipment that you would like to donate, please contact us at michaelswoodshop.cwbs@gmail.com to determine our current needs. We are happy to arrange to pick up large, heavy or bulky items.

Join the Woodshop Team

Adult & Youth Volunteering

Michael’s Woodshop is operated by a group of volunteer Shop Stewards. With increasing demand for use of the wood stop, we are in need of additional Shop Stewards as well as Shop Assistants to support the wood shop activities. We have recently introduced our Youth Shop Assistant Program which is designed to provide older Youth who are interested in woodworking with the opportunity to volunteer in Michael’s Woodshop. Finally, adult volunteers and staff members can also help by becoming a Trained User which reduces the burden on our Shop Stewards. Trained Users may use the shop individually without the need for a Shop Steward to be present.

Become a Shop Steward

Basic Requirements:

  • Experienced woodworker
  • BSA registered adult leader
  • At least 21 years old
  • Current YPT
  • First Aid/CPR certification

Shop Stewards are expected to have proficiency with shop tools and equipment (supplemental instruction can be provided). In addition, they will follow and enforce all shop safety rules and have a willingness to instruct and guide Scouts and inexperienced adults. Shop Stewards should be willing to assist with at least one session (3-4 hours) a month.

Become a Shop Assistant

Basic Requirements:

  • BSA registered adult/older youth
  • Ability to lead Scouts
  • Comfortable in the woodshop

Shop Assistants are expected to have a positive, safety-oriented attitude and willingness and ability to guide Scout age youth. Shop Assistants will organize arriving Scouts, give safety briefings, guide Scouts through the initial work stations, and may assist with certain tasks (instruction provided). Shop Assistants should be willing to assist with one or two sessions (3-4 hours) per month.

Youth Shop Assistant Program

Basic Requirements:

  • BSA registered youth >= 14 years old
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • First Aid & Woodwork merit badges
  • Unit leader & parental approval

The Youth Shop Assistant Program provides older youth with an opportunity to further develop leadership skills and to enhance their woodworking knowledge and skills. Youth Assistants are volunteers who will assist during a wide variety of wood shop events.

Read the Program Document to learn more.

Shop Safety Training for Adult Shop Users

(Adult Staff & Volunteers)

Basic Requirements:

  • Basic woodworking skills

A Trained User is expected to have a basic knowledge and comfort level with shop tools and equipment. A Trained User is expected to follow shop safety rules at all times AND to only operate tools for which they have been certified. A Trained User is not permitted to supervise others in the shop. Tool instruction and skill development time can be scheduled.

Camp Map

Please proceed directly to Michael’s Woodshop when you arrive.

A small parking area is located at the west end of the STEM building near the Archery Pavilion.

Woodshop Activity Slideshows

Michael’s Woodshop is a great place for Scouts to learn and create. We host many fun activities for Scout youth of all ages. Click on an image to view a slideshow and see the fun for yourself.

Summer Camp in Michael’s Woodshop 2021
Baloo the Builder
Eagle Project Gallery

The Repurposing Corner

Reclaim, Restore, Repurpose

A Scout is Thrifty

Using your creativity and a little effort, it is possible to make use of equipment, tools and materials that might otherwise be bound for the landfill.  In Michael’s Woodshop, we are committed to being good stewards of the environment and are always looking to find a useful purpose for things that others might discard.  In addition, woodworkers are notoriously creative and are constantly looking for ways to improve their work space.  We have created this gallery to provide examples of reclaiming, restoring and repurposing items and showing how they were put into service.  Hopefully, these examples will generate ideas that you can use.

Current Feature

Storage Cart from an old futon
by Aaron H.

As part of an Eagle Scout Project, an old futon frame was transformed into a storage cart for a pair of corn hole games. This was a very creative endeavor and the end result is outstanding!

Share Your Project

If you have your own example of a similar woodworking or shop improvement project, please send a photo and description to MichaelsWoodshop.CWBS@gmail.com  and we will add it to the gallery.

Please enjoy our photo gallery. If you would like to submit photos of your wood shop event or project, please email your photos and a brief caption to michaelswoodshop.cwbs@gmail.com

Large Tools

Scroll Saws

Bench Top Tools

Work Space & Storage

Shop Safety

We are committed to the safety of all participants. While you are always welcome to bring your own safety gear, we do have safety glasses and ear protection available. Airborne saw dust is not only an irritant; it can pose health risks. To minimize this risk, we have installed a dust collection system, a down draft table for sanding and two air filtration units.

About Michael’s Woodshop

Michael’s Woodshop was created through the vision and leadership of Michael W. Snowden and is dedicated in his memory

Watch Michael’s Woodshop Come to Life!

Michael’s Woodshop was designed and built entirely by volunteers.  Substantial work efforts occurred from January, 2018 until the shop opened in November, 2018.  Since that time, the Volunteer Shop Stewards have continued to invest many hours to improve the shop.  The evolution from bare steel walls to today’s shop configuration has been an incredible journey.  Please take a few minutes to view these slideshows.

Click on an Image to Start the Slideshow. ENJOY!

Lumber Storage Rack
Admin & Safety Center
Dust Control
Radial Arm Saw Bench
ShopSmith Corner
Miter Saw Bench
Main Work Bench
Electrical & Fastener Storage

If after viewing the slides, you are thinking “I want to be a kid in THAT candy shop”, you should consider joining the Michael’s Woodshop Team.  See “Volunteering” for more information about how you can get involved.

Substantially all of the equipment and tooling in Michael’s Woodshop was acquired by donations from the NCAC Scouting community. Please see “Support Michael’s Woodshop” for ways you can help us continue to improve Michael’s Woodshop.