These were the REQUIREMENTS before the changes
the release of a new merit badge pamphlet during 2005.
To see the current requirements
- Demonstrate the flow of heat energy. Use your demonstration
to explain it in your own words the ideas of heat, temperature,
kinetic energy, calorie, and the laws of thermodynamics.
- Give an example of each of the following forms of energy:
heat, light, mechanical, electrical, chemical, atomic. Prepare
a table showing devices for each form of energy that will convert
in into another form of energy. Describe the idea of trade-offs
in energy use.
- Make a color chart showing the world's known and estimated
energy resources. Explain how long each is expected to last
based on today's best estimates. Tell where you got your information.
- Do the following:
- Prepare charts showing:
- What energy sources supply the United States with
- What portion of our energy is used by homes, business,
industry, and transportation.
- What fuels are used to generate America's electricity.
- Tell what is being done to make any three of the following
produce more energy. Include cost, pollution, and safety
problems in your explanation.
- Nuclear fission generators
- Nuclear fusion generators
- The sun
- The wind
- The oceans
- Tell how our lives in the United States might be affected
if energy supplies could not meet our present demands.
- Show and explain to your counselor two articles from a current
newspaper or magazine about the use or conservation of energy.
Tell why these articles are important to the United States and
why they are important to you.
- Conduct an energy audit of your home. Prepare a written
report in two parts:
- Describe ways that your family can use energy more wisely.
- Keep a record of what you have done to save energy for
a 2-week period.
- Find out about and describe in a notebook 10 different examples
of energy waste going on in your town. Suggest in each case
possible ways to reduce this waste. Find out and write in your
notebook five examples you have observed of pollution from energy
use. Suggest in each case how this pollution might be reduced.
- Give a talk titled "Energy: Why We Need It and How We Can
Use It Better". Use all of the materials you have prepared in
requirements 1 through 7. Choose as your audience your counselor,
a den of Cub Scouts, or another group approved by your counselor.
BSA Advancement ID#: 45
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1978
Requirements last updated in 1987