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<center><big>[[Electricity]] [[Merit Badge]] requirement resources include the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|Merit Badge Worksheet]] {{PDF}}, lesson video links,<br> Home Electrical Safety Checklist, and links to related [[Merit Badges]] and [[Boy Scout]] [[Awards]].<br> [[Electricity]] is a fun [[Merit badge]]. You can make a motor, electromagnet, etc.</big> &nbsp;<span style="border: 1px outset Khaki; background:LemonChiffon;">&nbsp;[[Drafting|<small>◄ </small>Prev]]&nbsp;</span> - <span style="border: 1px outset #FFB; background: #DFC;">&nbsp;[[Electronics|Next<small> ►</small>]]&nbsp;</span></center><br>
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'''1'''. [http://www.srpnet.com/safety/emergency.aspx how to rescue a person touching a live wire] -
'''1'''. [http://www.srpnet.com/safety/emergency.aspx how to rescue a person touching a live wire] -
[http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2002-123/2002-123b.html CDC's Electrical Fires & Burn Treatment] - [http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000801-d000900/d000813/d000813.html CDC First Aid For Electrical Accidents]
[http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2002-123/2002-123b.html CDC's Electrical Fires & Burn Treatment] - [http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d000801-d000900/d000813/d000813.html CDC First Aid For Electrical Accidents]
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:[http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/FirstAidIndex/FirstAidIndex Mayo CLinic First Aid Guide:][http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-electrical-shock/FA00051 Electrical Shock] - [http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-electrical-burns/FA00027 Electrical burns]
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:[http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/FirstAidIndex/FirstAidIndex Mayo Clinic First Aid Guide:][http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-electrical-shock/FA00051 Electrical Shock] - [http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-electrical-burns/FA00027 Electrical burns]
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'''1d'''. [http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761576620/Lightning.html#s3 What to do in an electrical storm]<br>
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'''1d'''. [http://www.lightningsafety.com/ National Lightning Safety Institute] [http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/lst.html Tips] - [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ National Weather Service Lightning Safety] - [http://www.fema.gov/kids/sabrina.htm FEMA Lightning Safety]<br>
'''2'''. The electrical home safety inspection checklist from the pamphlet is in the last pages of the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Workbook]]. Also see the [http://www.ul.com/regulators/educational/HomeSafetyInspection.pdf UL Home Safety Inspection]
'''2'''. The electrical home safety inspection checklist from the pamphlet is in the last pages of the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Workbook]]. Also see the [http://www.ul.com/regulators/educational/HomeSafetyInspection.pdf UL Home Safety Inspection]
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: [http://www.expertvillage.com/ Free Video Lessons at ExpertVillage.com:] [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/54_install-dimmer-switch.htm Replace an Electrical Switch] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/390_wiring-electrical-outlets.htm Replace an Outlet] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18123_electrical-outlet-six.htm Test an Outlet] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/5003_wiring-electrical-outlets-testing-connectivity.htm Test GFCI] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/26232_basic-electric-safety.htm Safety]
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: [http://www.expertvillage.com/ Free Lesson Videos:] [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/54_install-dimmer-switch.htm Replace an Electrical Switch] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/390_wiring-electrical-outlets.htm Replace an Outlet] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/18123_electrical-outlet-six.htm Test an Outlet] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/5003_wiring-electrical-outlets-testing-connectivity.htm Test GFCI] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/26232_basic-electric-safety.htm Safety]
'''3'''. Make a simple electromagnet: [http://education.jlab.org/qa/electromagnet.html Best site] - [http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/electromagnet.html Great] - [http://www.practicalphysics.org/go/Experiment_323.html Great] - [http://www.kidscanmakeit.com/SN0002.htm Great] - [http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/electromagnet.html Good]<br>
'''3'''. Make a simple electromagnet: [http://education.jlab.org/qa/electromagnet.html Best site] - [http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/electromagnet.html Great] - [http://www.practicalphysics.org/go/Experiment_323.html Great] - [http://www.kidscanmakeit.com/SN0002.htm Great] - [http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/electromagnet.html Good]<br>
'''4'''. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/edison/sfeature/acdc.html PBS Animated diagram of Direct Current vs. Alternating Current]
'''4'''. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/edison/sfeature/acdc.html PBS Animated diagram of Direct Current vs. Alternating Current]
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[http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761566543_8/Electricity.html#s36 Alternating Current] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_current Dirrect Current]<br>
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[http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761566543_8/Electricity.html#s36 Alternating Current] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_current Direct Current]<br>
'''5'''. [http://www.virtualsciencefair.org/2006/glaz6j2/battery_info.htm Battery Diagram] - [http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/charging-ipods-with-lemons/ Make a Lemon into a Battery] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bell Animation shows how an electric bell works]<br>
'''5'''. [http://www.virtualsciencefair.org/2006/glaz6j2/battery_info.htm Battery Diagram] - [http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/charging-ipods-with-lemons/ Make a Lemon into a Battery] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bell Animation shows how an electric bell works]<br>
'''6'''. [http://www.rd.com/18099/article18099.html Why a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips] - [http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-a-Circuit-Breaker-Trips&id=791389 another site] - [http://homerepair.about.com/od/electricalrepair/ss/tripping.htm How to find a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker]
'''6'''. [http://www.rd.com/18099/article18099.html Why a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips] - [http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-a-Circuit-Breaker-Trips&id=791389 another site] - [http://homerepair.about.com/od/electricalrepair/ss/tripping.htm How to find a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker]
:[http://homerepair.about.com/od/electricalrepair/ss/tripped_brkr.htm How to safely reset the circuit breaker] - [http://www.ehow.com/how_371_reset-circuit-breaker.html another site]
:[http://homerepair.about.com/od/electricalrepair/ss/tripped_brkr.htm How to safely reset the circuit breaker] - [http://www.ehow.com/how_371_reset-circuit-breaker.html another site]
'''7'''. [http://home.howstuffworks.com/outlet-overload.htm Electrical overloading] - [http://www.buyerschoiceinspections.com/Overloading-Electrical-Circuits Overloaded Circuits] - [http://www.ibc.ca/en/Home_Insurance/Loss_Prevention_Tips/Fire/Electrical_Circuits.asp How to avoid overloaded circuits] <br>
'''7'''. [http://home.howstuffworks.com/outlet-overload.htm Electrical overloading] - [http://www.buyerschoiceinspections.com/Overloading-Electrical-Circuits Overloaded Circuits] - [http://www.ibc.ca/en/Home_Insurance/Loss_Prevention_Tips/Fire/Electrical_Circuits.asp How to avoid overloaded circuits] <br>
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'''8'''. A sample wiring diagram of a bedroom and graph paper to make your own is in the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Worksheet]]<br>
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'''8'''. A sample wiring diagram of a bedroom and graph paper to make your own is in the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Worksheet]] - [http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-a-Floor-Plan-to-Scale How to draw a Scale Floor Plan] <br>
'''9a'''. How to read an electric meter: [http://www.glps.net/meterread.htm Animated] - [http://www.energyright.com/savingenergy/meter.htm another site] - [http://tristate.apogee.net/kids/fm_ifrm.aspx another]
'''9a'''. How to read an electric meter: [http://www.glps.net/meterread.htm Animated] - [http://www.energyright.com/savingenergy/meter.htm another site] - [http://tristate.apogee.net/kids/fm_ifrm.aspx another]
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: [http://www.aelp.com/energy/readyourmeter.htm Determine your engergy cost from the meter readings] - [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Home/meter.php another site]<br>
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: [http://www.aelp.com/energy/readyourmeter.htm Determine your energy cost from the meter readings] - [http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/Home/meter.php another site]<br>
'''9b'''. The BSA Home Energy Audit in the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Workbook]] finds many ways to save electricity.
'''9b'''. The BSA Home Energy Audit in the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Workbook]] finds many ways to save electricity.
:[http://encarta.msn.com/media_701509101_761566999_-1_1/ways_to_conserve_electricity.html How to conserve energy] - [http://www.ttec.co.tt/consumertips/conserveelectricity/ another site] - [http://www.howtoconserveelectricity.com/ another site] - [http://www.energy.gov U.S. Department of Energy] - [http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/ U.S. Dept of Energy Resources]
:[http://encarta.msn.com/media_701509101_761566999_-1_1/ways_to_conserve_electricity.html How to conserve energy] - [http://www.ttec.co.tt/consumertips/conserveelectricity/ another site] - [http://www.howtoconserveelectricity.com/ another site] - [http://www.energy.gov U.S. Department of Energy] - [http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/ U.S. Dept of Energy Resources]
'''10'''. [http://www.howstuffworks.com/question501.htm How Stuff Works: Amps, Watts, Volts and Ohms] - [http://www.elkproducts.com/support/training/t6_electrical_terms.htm more terms] - [http://www.nooutage.com/glossary.htm glossary of electrical terms] - [http://www.nwscc.cc.al.us/nsfdc/technology/DCTermspage.htm another great glossary]<br>
'''10'''. [http://www.howstuffworks.com/question501.htm How Stuff Works: Amps, Watts, Volts and Ohms] - [http://www.elkproducts.com/support/training/t6_electrical_terms.htm more terms] - [http://www.nooutage.com/glossary.htm glossary of electrical terms] - [http://www.nwscc.cc.al.us/nsfdc/technology/DCTermspage.htm another great glossary]<br>
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'''11b'''. Make and run a simple electric motor (not from a kit): [http://www3.science.tamu.edu/cmse/activities/FunElectricityMagnetism.pdf Best] - [http://www.ergon.com.au/energyed/activities/make_electric_motor.asp?yf=true&platform=PC Great] - [http://www.abaetern.com/montanascience/lessons/Dcellmotor.pdf Good] - [http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/2909/build-an-electric-motor/ BoysLife] - [http://www.4-hmall.org/detail.aspx?ID=735113 4H Book]<br>
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'''11b'''. Make and run a simple electric motor (not from a kit): [http://www3.science.tamu.edu/cmse/activities/FunElectricityMagnetism.pdf Best] - [http://www.ergon.com.au/energyed/activities/make_electric_motor.asp?yf=true&platform=PC Great] - [http://www.abaetern.com/montanascience/lessons/Dcellmotor.pdf Good] - [http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/2909/build-an-electric-motor/ Boys Life] - [http://www.4-hmall.org/detail.aspx?ID=735113 4H Book]<br>
'''11c'''. [http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/rheostat.html How to build a simple rheostat] - [http://doitscience.com/tag/make-a-rheostat/ another site]<br>
'''11c'''. [http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/rheostat.html How to build a simple rheostat] - [http://doitscience.com/tag/make-a-rheostat/ another site]<br>
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'''11d'''. [http://www.1728.com/project2.htm Build a single-pole, double-throw switch] <br>
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'''11d'''. [http://www.1728.org/project2.htm Build a single-pole, double-throw switch] <br>
'''11e'''. [http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4597541_model-railway-work.html How a model electric train works] <br>
'''11e'''. [http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4597541_model-railway-work.html How a model electric train works] <br>
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Electricity merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Electrician
BSA Advancement ID: 043
Requirements revision: 2014
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013

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Electricity is a powerful and fascinating force of nature. As early as 600 BC, observers of the physical world suspected that electricity existed but did not have a name for it. In fact, real progress in unraveling the mystery of electricity has come only within the last 250 years.


The Electricity merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Electrician "Badge of Merit".


Electricity merit badge requirements

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


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Requirement resources

1. how to rescue a person touching a live wire - CDC's Electrical Fires & Burn Treatment - CDC First Aid For Electrical Accidents

Mayo Clinic First Aid Guide:Electrical Shock - Electrical burns

1d. National Lightning Safety Institute Tips - National Weather Service Lightning Safety - FEMA Lightning Safety
2. The electrical home safety inspection checklist from the pamphlet is in the last pages of the Electricity Workbook. Also see the UL Home Safety Inspection

Free Lesson Videos: Replace an Electrical Switch - Replace an Outlet - Test an Outlet - Test GFCI - Safety

3. Make a simple electromagnet: Best site - Great - Great - Great - Good
4. PBS Animated diagram of Direct Current vs. Alternating Current Alternating Current - Direct Current
5. Battery Diagram - Make a Lemon into a Battery - Animation shows how an electric bell works
6. Why a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips - another site - How to find a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker

How to safely reset the circuit breaker - another site

7. Electrical overloading - Overloaded Circuits - How to avoid overloaded circuits
8. A sample wiring diagram of a bedroom and graph paper to make your own is in the Electricity Worksheet - How to draw a Scale Floor Plan
9a. How to read an electric meter: Animated - another site - another

Determine your energy cost from the meter readings - another site

9b. The BSA Home Energy Audit in the Electricity Workbook finds many ways to save electricity.

How to conserve energy - another site - another site - U.S. Department of Energy - U.S. Dept of Energy Resources

10. How Stuff Works: Amps, Watts, Volts and Ohms - more terms - glossary of electrical terms - another great glossary
11b. Make and run a simple electric motor (not from a kit): Best - Great - Good - Boys Life - 4H Book
11c. How to build a simple rheostat - another site
11d. Build a single-pole, double-throw switch
11e. How a model electric train works

Related awards

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History

Electricity was one of the original Merit Badges, called "Electrician Badge of Merit" in the 1910 BSA Handbook. In 1911 the original 14 "Badges of Merit" changed names (one was dropped, 13 moved on with new names), and became "Merit Badges" with Electrician becoming the Electricity Merit Badge.


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