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Digital Technology Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Digital Technology Workbook PDF.

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

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.
Requirement 2: Do the following:
Requirement 2a: Give a brief history of the changes in digital technology over time. Discuss with your counselor how digital technology in your lifetime compares with that of your parent’s, grandparent’s, or other adult’s lifetime.
Requirement 2b: Describe the kinds of computers or devices you imagine might be available when you are an adult.
Requirement 3: Do the following:
Requirement 3a: Explain to your counselor how text, sound, pictures, and videos are digitized for storage.
Requirement 3b: Describe the difference between lossy and lossless data compression, and give an example where each might be used.
Requirement 3c: Describe two digital devices and how they are made more useful by their programming.
Requirement 3d: Discuss the similarities and differences between computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.
Requirement 3e: Explain what a computer network is and describe the network’s purpose.
Requirement 4: Do the following:
Requirement 4a: Explain what a program or software application or "app" is and how it is created.
Requirement 4b: Name four software programs or mobile apps you or your family use, and explain how each one helps you.
Requirement 4c: Describe what malware is, and explain how to protect your digital devices and the information stored on them.
Requirement 5: Do the following:
Requirement 5a: Describe how digital devices are connected to the internet.
Requirement 5b: Using an internet search engine (with your parent or guardian's permission), find ideas from at least three different websites about how to conduct a troop court of honor or campfire program. Present the ideas to your counselor, and explain how you used a search engine to find this information.
Requirement 5c: Use a Web browser to connect to an HTTPS (secure) website (with your parent's permission). Explain to your counselor how to tell whether the site’s security certificate can be trusted, and what it means to use this kind of connection.
Requirement 6: Do THREE of the following. For each project you complete, copy the files to a backup device and share the finished projects with your counselor.
Requirement 6a: Using a spreadsheet or database program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend campout OR create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Show your counselor that you can sort the roster by each of the following categories: rank, patrol, and alphabetically by name.
Requirement 6b: Using a word processor, write a draft letter to the parents of your troop's Scouts, inviting them to a troop event.
Requirement 6c: Using a graphics program, design and draw a campsite plan for your troop OR create a flier for an upcoming troop event, incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.
Requirement 6d: Using a presentation software program, develop a report about a topic approved by your counselor. For your presentation, create at least five slides, with each one incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.
Requirement 6e: Using a digital device, take a picture of a troop activity. Send or transfer this image to a device where the picture can be shared with your counselor.
Requirement 6f: Make a digital recording of your voice, transfer the file to a different device, and have your counselor play back the recording.
Requirement 6g: Create a blog and use it as an online journal of your Scouting activities, including group discussions and meetings, campouts, and other events. Include at least five entries and two photographs or illustrations. Share your blog with your counselor. You need not post the blog to the internet; however, if you choose to go live with your blog, you must first share it with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.
Requirement 6h: Create a Web page for your troop, patrol, school, or place of worship. Include at least three articles and two photographs or illustrations. Include at least one link to a website of interest to your audience. You need not post the page to the internet; however, if you decide to do so, you must first share the Web page with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.
Requirement 7: Do the following:
Requirement 7a: Explain to your counselor each of these protections and why they exist: copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets.
Requirement 7b: Explain when it is permissible to accept a free copy of a program from a friend.
Requirement 7c: Discuss with your counselor an article or a news report about a recent legal case involving an intellectual property dispute.
Requirement 8: Do TWO of the following:
Requirement 8a: Describe why it is important to properly dispose of digital technology. List at least three dangerous chemicals that could be used to create digital devices or used inside a digital device.
Requirement 8b: Explain to your counselor what is required to become a certified recycler of digital technology hardware or devices.
Requirement 8c: Do an internet search for an organization that collects discarded digital technology hardware or devices for repurposing or recycling. Find out what happens to that waste. Share with your counselor what you found.
Requirement 8d: Visit a recycling center that disposes of digital technology hardware or devices. Find out what happens to that waste. Share what you learned with your counselor.
Requirement 8e: Find a battery recycling center near you and find out what it does to recycle batteries. Share what you have learned with your counselor about the proper methods for recycling batteries.
Requirement 9: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 9a: Investigate three career opportunities that involve digital technology. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
Requirement 9b: Visit a business or an industrial facility that uses digital technology. Describe four ways digital technology is being used there. Share what you learned with your counselor.