Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Computers Merit Badge






  1. Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety.
  2. Give a short history of the computer. Explain how the invention of the computer has affected society, science, and technology. In your explanation, give a short history of the computer.
  3. Do the following:
        A. Describe four uses of computers outside the home.
        B. Describe three ways you and your family could use a personal computer other than for games and
  4. Explain the following to your counselor::
        A. The five major parts of a computer
        B. How text, sound, pictures, and video files are stored in a computer's memory
  5. Do the following:
        A. Explain what a program or software application is and how it is developed.
        B. Name three programming languages, and describe their uses.
        C. Name four software packages you or your family could use, and explain how you would use them.
        D. Discuss ways you can help protect a computer from viruses and how to protect the information that
              stored on a computer.
        E. Describe how computers are linked to form the Internet and the World Wide Web.
  6. Do THREE of the following:
        A. Using a spreadsheet program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend campout
        B. Using a word processor, write a letter to the parents of your troop's Scouts inviting them to a court of
        C. Using a computer graphics program, design and draw a campsite plan for your troop.
        D. Using a computer graphics program, create a flier for an upcoming troop event, incorporating both
              text and some type of visual such as a photograph or illustration.
              approved by your counselor. For your presentation create at least 10 slides.
        E. Using an Internet search engine (with your parent's permission), find ideas about how to conduct a
              troop court of honor or campfire program. Print out a copy of the ideas from at least three different
              Web sites. Share what you found with your counselor, and explain how you used the search engine
              to find this information.
        F. Using a presentation software program of your choice, develop a report about a topic that has been
              approved by your counselor. For your presentation, create at least 10 slides.
        G. Using a digital camera, take a picture of a troop activity. Transfer the picture file to a computer and
              use photographic software to make it small enough to send easily as an e-mail attachment. Then,
              using a computer connected to the Internet (with your parent's permission), send an e-mail to
              someone you know. In your message, include the photograph as an attachment. Verify that the
              person received your e-mail and was able to view the attachment.
        H. Using a database manager, create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol, and telephone
              number of each Scout. Show your counselor that you can sort the register by each of the following
              categories: rank, patrol, and alphabetically by name.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Using a database program of your choice, create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol,
              and telephone number of each Scout. Create a form within the database manager to access each
              Scout's information individually. Show your counselor how the form works.
        B. Using a software package of your choice for computer aided design (CAD), create an engineering-
              style drawing of a simple object. Include the top, bottom, and at least one side view and the
        C. Create a blog and use it as an online journal of your Scouting activities, including group discussions
              and meetings, campouts, and other events. Your blog should have at least five entries and two
              photographs or illustrations. You need not post the blog to the Internet, but you will need to share it
              with your counselor. If you decide to go live with your blog, you must first share it with your parents
              AND counselor and get their approval.
        D. Create a Web page for your troop, patrol, school, or place of worship. Include at least three articles
              and two photographs or illustrations. Your Web page should have at least one link to a Web site
              that would be of interest to your audience. You need not post the page to the Internet. However, if
              you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents AND counselor and get their approval.
        E. Visit a business or an industrial plant that uses computers. Observe what tasks the computers
              accomplish, and be prepared to discuss what you have learned
  8. Explain the following to your counselor:
        A. Why copyright laws exist
        B. Why it is not permissible to accept a paid, copyrighted computer game or program from a friend
              unless the game or program is considered freeware or shareware. Explain the concepts of freeware
              and shareware.
        C. The restrictions and limitations of downloading music from the Internet
  9. Find out about three career opportunities in the computer industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you. Report what you learn to your counselor.

Computers Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.