Boy Scout Merit Badge
- 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 by name.
- Use a spreadsheet program to develop a weekend campout food budget for
- 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
- 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, or 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 following
- Input/output devices
- Storage media
- Processors and coprocessors
- 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
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002