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Electricity Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, lesson video links,
Home Electrical Safety Checklist, and links to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Electricity is a fun Merit badge. You can make a motor, electromagnet, etc.
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Electricity merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 043
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2004


Electricity 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.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Electricity is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Electricity requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

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. What to do in an electrical storm
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 Video Lessons at ExpertVillage.com: 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 - Dirrect 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
9a. How to read an electric meter: Animated - another site - another

Determine your engergy 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 - BoysLife - 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

Science Awards (Electrical Engineering is an applied science)

Science-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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