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Electronics - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 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. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Electronics Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Electronics merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Electronics - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 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. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Electronics Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

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.
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 not be expected by anyone that a Scout attending who has not reviewed and made an attempt prior to the class for this requirement, 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.
Do the following:
a.
Discuss each of the following with your merit badge counselor:
i.
How to use electronics for a control purpose
ii.
The basic principles of digital techniques
iii.
How to use electronics for three different audio applications
Requirement 4a 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.
b.
Show how to change three decimal numbers into binary numbers and three binary numbers into decimal numbers.
This requirement will be covered in the class.
c.
Choose ONE of the following three projects. For your project, find or create a schematic diagram. To the best of your ability, explain to your counselor how the circuit you built operates.
i.
A control device
ii.
A digital circuit
iii.
An audio circuit
All three of these components of Requirement 4c 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 components to do as a class activity.
Scouts will need to choose one of the options in this reqirement component and come to the class with their work ready to share and be reviewed by the counselor / instructor. If the work does not meet the satisfaction of the counselor, Scouts will be directed as to what they need to do in order to complete this requirement to the counselor's satisfaction after the class.
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 and possess 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.
c.
Demonstrate to your counselor how to read the colored bands of a resistor to determine its resistance value.
Scouts will be given and opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and ability during the class. Scouts should plan on bringing any necessary items to aid them in their demonstration.
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.