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ELECTRICITY MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Electricity Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Electricity Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

ELECTRICITY MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Electricity Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Demonstrate that you know how to respond to electrical emergencies by doing the following:

a. Show how to rescue a person touching a live wire in the home.

b. Show how to render first aid to a person who is unconscious from electrical shock.

c. Show how to treat an electrical burn.

d. Explain what to do in an electrical storm.

e. Explain what to do in the event of an electrical fire.

Scouts will need to be prepared with an understanding and skills to demonstrate all components of this requirement during the class. Many of these items can be easily found in the Electricity Merit Badge pamphlet or the First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet.  The counselor will facilitate time during the class for each Scout to demonstrate their knowledge and ability on each of these components for Requirement 1.

 

2. Complete an electrical home safety inspection of your home, using the checklist found in the Electricity merit badge pamphlet or one approved by your counselor. Discuss what you find with your counselor.

This requirement will not be able to be completed during the class without some preparation work at home prior to the class.  As the requiremnet states, you must use the home safety inspection checklist found in the Electricity Merit Badge pamphlet to work on this requirement.  It is requested that an adult family member initials or signs the checklist to validate the completion of this prior to the class.  Only Scouts having prepared for this requirement by doing the home safety inspection to the satisfaction of the counselor, will be considered for sign off on this requirement during the class.  Class time will be allotted for discussion on this requirement for all who have come prepared.

 

3. Make a simple electromagnet and use it to show magnetic attraction and repulsion.

It is encouraged that Scouts review this requirement and attempt to make an electromagnet prior to the class.  The class will have this requirement as an activity which will allow all Scouts an opportunity to help build an electromagnet, however, if the class time is running short, this requirement will be the one that is cut and only boys who have done preparation work and can show their home-made electromagnet will be considered for sign off.

 

4. Explain the difference between direct current and alternating current.

Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet for an explanation and understanding of this requirement.  Each Scout will have an opportunity to explain their findings with the counselor..

 

5. Make a simple drawing to show how a battery and an electric bell work.

This requirement will be covered during the class, however Scouts should consider reviewing the merit badge pamphlet on this subject so they have a general understanding of the requirement.

 

6. Explain why a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips. Tell how to find a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker in your home. Show how to safely reset the circuit breaker.

While this requirement will be covered in the class, Scouts should review their merit badge pamphlet so they are prepared to explain their understanding of the requirement.

 

7. Explain what overloading an electric circuit means. Tell what you have done to make sure your home circuits are not overloaded.

Again, this is another requirement that will be covered in the class, however Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet for a better understanding of the requirement and be prepared to give explanation of their understanding.

 

8. Make a floor plan wiring diagram of the lights, switches, and outlets for a room in your home.  Show which fuse or circuit breaker protects each one.

Scouts should do the best they can to do this requirement prior to the class.  Even if it is simply identifying where outlets and lights, and any other electrical wirings, during the class the counselor will help refine these drawings with actual electrical schematics. 

 

9. Do the following:

a. Read an electric meter and, using your family's electric bill, determine the energy cost from the meter readings.

Scouts will want to review with their parent(s) prior to the class this requirement and come prepared to the class to share their findings.  It is strongly recommended that nay supporting documentation or pictures Scouts can bring with will help te counselor better assess their completion of this requirement.

b. Discuss with your counselor five ways in which your family can conserve energy.

This component of the requirement will be completed in the class, however Scouts should come prepared with ideas that they can share during the class discussion as it pertains to this component of the requirement.

 

10. Explain the following electrical terms: volt, ampere, watt, ohm, resistance, potential difference, rectifier, rheostat, conductor, ground, circuit, and short circuit.

Scouts can easily review these terms through the review of the Electricity Merit Badge pamphlet.  It is recommended that Scouts utilize a Merit Badge Workbook or a notebook to make notes as they look these terms up.  These notes can be used to help with their explanation of each of the terms during the class.  It should be noted that Scouts simply reading the answers or recycling the words from the merit badge pamphlet for these terms will NOT be signed off on this requirement.  Scouts should clearly understand the terms and not just read their answers.

 

11. Do any TWO of the following:

a. Connect a buzzer, bell, or light with a battery. Have a key or switch in the line..

b. Make and run a simple electric motor (not from a kit).

c. Build a simple rheostat. Show that it works.

d. Build a single-pole, double-throw switch. Show that it works.

e. Hook a model electric train layout to a house circuit. Tell how it works.

Scouts are encouraged to consider doing this requirement ahead of time, but it is not necessary as the counselor will have projects set up during the class for Scouts to explore and discover as they complete this requirement.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015