Boy Scouts of America Troup 152 Computing Merit Badge Requirements
The list below is an approximate summary of requirements.
Be sure to check the official set of requirements in effect.
- Give a short history of computers. Describe the major parts
of a computer system. Give 4 different uses of computers.
- Do the following:
- Tell what a program is and how it is developed.
- Give 3 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 3 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 by name.
- 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 camp-site plan for your troop.
- Do 2 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
- 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