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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 Electronics Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Electronics 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.





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. Electronics 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. Describe the safety precautions you must exercise when using, building, altering, or repairing electronic devices.

Scouts will want to prepare by reviewing the Electronics Merit Badge pamphlet so that they are able to describe the different safety precautions necessary per the requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts utilize a Merit Badge Workbook or a notebook to take notes to reference at the class when completing this requirement during the class.


2. Do the following:

a. Draw a simple schematic diagram. It must show resistors, capacitors, and transistors or integrated circuits. Use the correct symbols. Label all parts.

b. Tell the purpose of each part.

Scouts will want to review the Electronic Merit Badge pamphlet prior to the class and make a best attempt at a simple schematic drawing.  The class will go over these items, however it should ot be expected by anyone that a Scout attending not having reviewed and made an attempt prior to the class will complete this as a part of the class.  A base understanding is needed in order to complete this requirement.  Preparation is a must.


3. Do the following:

a. Show the right way to solder and desolder.

This requirement will be covered in the class.

b. Show how to avoid heat damage to electronic components.

Scouts should come prepared with an idea of how to show they understand this requirement.  There will be time allotted in the class to review this requirement.

c. Tell about the function of a printed circuit board. Tell what precautions should be observed when soldering printed circuit boards.

While this requirement will be covered in the class it is strongly recommended that Scouts come prepared with an understanding of the requirement.  This information can easily be found in the Electronics Merit Badge pamphlet.  Scouts may want to take notes for reference to aid them in their discussion with the merit badge counselor.


4. Discuss each of the following with your merit badge counselor, and then choose ONE of the following and build a circuit to show the techniques used:

a. Tell how you can use electronics for a control purpose, and then build a control device circuit.

b. Tell about the basic principles of digital techniques, and then build a digital circuit. Show how to change three decimal numbers into binary numbers, and three binary numbers into decimal numbers.

c. Tell about three audio applications of electronics, and then build an audio circuit.

All three of these components of Requirement 4 will be covered in the class.  Scouts should come prepared having reviewed the merit badge pamphlet for information on each of these and be ready for discussion.  The counselor will choose one of these component to do as a class activity.

Show how to read the schematic diagram of the project you chose and, to the best of your ability, explain to your counselor how the circuit you built operates

This portion of the requirement will be done in the class.  It should be noted that only Scouts that meet the satisfaction of the counselor in having made their best effort to explain their understanding of how the circuit operates will be signed off on this requirement.  In other words, for Scouts who just show up and go thru the motions of the class as lead by the counselor likely will not complete this requirement, those that actively partake and show effort to the satisfaction of the counselor, will likely be signed off.


5. Do the following:

a. Show how to solve a simple problem involving current, voltage, and resistance using Ohm's law.

Scouts should review these terms and their meanings and application for use during the class.   This component of Requirement 5 will be completed as a part of the activities in the class.  Only Scouts showing they have prepared by coming to class with an understanding of these terms and their application should expect to be able to complete this part of Requirement 5 in the class.

b. Tell about the need for and the use of test equipment in electronics. Name three types of test equipment. Tell how they operate.

Scouts will find it easy to prepare for this requirement through the use of the Electronics Merit Badge pamphlet.  It is recommended that Scouts use a notebook to make notes of their findings so they can easily share and partake in the discussion during the class.  Only Scouts that can show they have done preparation work for this requirement will be signed off.  Scouts that show up that have not prepared will NOT be signed off on this part of the requirement.


6. Find out about three career opportunities in electronics that interest you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are needed for each position.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion on these items.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015