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Electricity - In-Person Class Notes

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

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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 direction 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. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Electricity Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Electricity merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Electricity - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 direction 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. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Electricity Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Electricity Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of November 27, 2022

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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 / instructor 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 this 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 requirement 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 / instructor, 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 Scouts who have done preparation work and can show their home-made electromagnet will be considered for sign off.
Scouts will need to attend the class with their electromagnet already constructed. Directions on how to put one together can be found in the Electricity Merit Badge pamphlet and/or through a simple internet query. Only Scouts that successfully create an electromagnet AND share it during the class will be considered for sign off on this requirement. Scouts alternatively may make arrangemenets with the merit badge counselor for review and completion of this after the class.
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 / instructor.
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.
This requirement will be reviewed during the class, however Scouts will need to make their diagram ahead of the class to be prepared for this requirement during the class.
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 this requirement prior to the class. Even if it is simply identifying where outlets and lights are located, the counselor / instructor 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 any supporting documentation or pictures Scouts can bring with will help the counselor / instructor 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, GFCI, circuit, and short circuit.
Scouts can easily define 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 on their findings. 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.
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.
Scouts will need to choose two of the requirement components and bring their prepared work to the class for review and discussion with the counselor / instructor during the class.