These were the REQUIREMENTS before the changes
the release of a new merit badge pamphlet during 2005.
- Give a short history of computers. Describe the major parts
of a computer system. Give four different uses of computers.
- Do the following:
- Tell what a program is and how it is developed.
- Give three examples of programming languages and what
types of programming they are used for.
- Describe a source program and an object program.
- Show how the following may be stored in computer memory:
text, numbers, pictures, and sound.
- Do THREE of the following:
- Use a database manager to create a troop roster, providing
name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout.
Sort the register by rank, by patrol, and alphabetically
- Use a spreadsheet program to develop a weekend campout
food budget for your patrol.
- Use a word processor to write a letter to parents of
your troop's Scouts, inviting them to a court of honor.
Use the mail merge feature to make a personalized copy of
the letter for each family.
- Use a computer graphics program to design and draw a
campsite plan for your troop.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Visit a business or industry that uses computers. Study
what the computer accomplishes and be prepared to discuss
what you observed.
- Use a computer attached to a local area network or equipped
with a modem to connect to a computer network or bulletin-board
service such as Prodigy, CompuServe, America Online. Send
a message to someone on the network or download a program
or file from the network
- Use a general-purpose programming language to write
a program application of your choice, subject to approval
by your counselor.
- Be prepared to discuss several terms used in each of the
- Input/output devices
- Storage Media
- Processors and co-processors
- Electronic Mail
- Be prepared to discuss various jobs in the computer field.
- Is it permissible to accept a free copy of a computer game
or program from a friend? Why or why not?
- Describe several ways in which you and your family could
use a personal computer other than for games and recreation.
BSA Advancement ID#: 36
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1993
Requirements last updated in 1993