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Electricity 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 Electricity Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Electricity 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: Demonstrate that you know how to respond to electrical emergencies by doing the following:
Requirement 1a: Show how to rescue a person touching a live wire in the home.
Requirement 1b: Show how to render first aid to a person who is unconscious from electrical shock.
Requirement 1c: Show how to treat an electrical burn.
Requirement 1d: Explain what to do in an electrical storm.
Requirement 1e: Explain what to do in the event of an electrical fire.
Requirement 2: Complete an electrical home safety inspection of your home, using the checklist found in the *Electricity* merit badge pamphlet or one approved by your counselor. Discuss what you find with your counselor.
Requirement 3: Make a simple electromagnet and use it to show magnetic attraction and repulsion.
Requirement 4: Explain the difference between direct current and alternating current.
Requirement 5: Make a simple drawing to show how a battery and an electric bell work.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 7: Explain what overloading an electric circuit means. Tell what you have done to make sure your home circuits are not overloaded.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 9: Do the following:
Requirement 9a: Read an electric meter and, using your family's electric bill, determine the energy cost from the meter readings.
Requirement 9b: Discuss with your counselor five ways in which your family can conserve energy.
Requirement 10: Explain the following electrical terms: volt, ampere, watt, ohm, resistance, potential difference, rectifier, rheostat, conductor, ground, GFCI, circuit, and short circuit.
Requirement 11: Do any TWO of the following:
Requirement 11a: Connect a buzzer, bell, or light with a battery. Have a key or switch in the line.
Requirement 11b: Make and run a simple electric motor (not from a kit).
Requirement 11c: Build a simple rheostat. Show that it works.
Requirement 11d: Build a single-pole, double-throw switch. Show that it works.
Requirement 11e: Hook a model electric train layout to a house circuit. Tell how it works.