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Programming Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Programming Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Programming merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/programming/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Safety. Do the following:
Requirement 1 a: Show your counselor your current, up-to-date [Cyber Chip](/other-awards/cyber-chip/).
Adult Scout Leader Name
Adult Scout Leader Signature
Phone
Date
Approved
Requirement 1 b: Discuss first aid and prevention for potential injuries, such as eyestrain and repetitive stress injuries, that could occur during programming activities.
Eyestrain
Repetitive streess injuries
Other injuries
Requirement 2: History. Do the following:
Requirement 2 a: Give a brief history of programming, including at least three milestones related to the advancement or development of programming.
History of programming
First milestone
Second milestone
Third milestone
Requirement 2 b: Discuss with your counselor the history of programming and the evolution of programming languages.
Requirement 3: General knowledge. Do the following:
Requirement 3 a: Create a list of 10 popular programming languages in use today and describe which industry or industries they are primarily used in and why.
Language
Industries
Why used there
Requirement 3 b: Describe three different programmed devices you rely on every day.
Requirement 4: Intellectual property. Do the following:
Requirement 4 a: Explain the four types of intellectual property used to protect computer programs.
Requirement 4 b: Describe the difference between licensing and owning software.
Requirement 4 c: Describe the differences between freeware, open source, and commercial software, and why it is important to respect the terms of use of each.
Requirement 5: Projects. Do the following:

Requirement 5 a: With your counselor’s approval, choose a sample program. Modify the code or add a function or subroutine to it. Debug and demonstrate the modified program to your counselor.

The Programming merit badge website, www.scoutlife.org/programming, has a number of sample programs that you could use for requirement 5a. However, you have the option of finding a program on your own. It’s a good idea to seek your merit badge counselor’s guidance.

First programming language
Completed
Requirement 5 b: With your counselor’s approval, choose a second programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirement 5a and in a different industry from 5a. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment.
Second programming language
Completed
Requirement 5 c: With your counselor’s approval, choose a third programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirements 5a and 5b and in a different industry from 5a or 5b. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment.
Third programming language
Completed
Requirement 5 d: Explain how the programs you wrote for requirements 5a, 5b, and 5c process inputs, how they make decisions based on those inputs, and how they provide outputs based on the decision making.
Requirement 6: Careers. Find out about three career opportunities that require knowledge in programming. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this career might be of interest to you.