Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Energy Merit Badge






  1. Do the following:
        A. Find an article on the use or conservation of energy. Discuss with your counselor what in the article
              was interesting to you, the questions it raises, and what ideas it addresses that you do not
        B. After you have completed requirements 2 through 8, revisit the article you found for requirement la.
              Explain to your counselor what you have learned in completing the requirements that helps you
              better understand the article.
  2. Show you understand energy forms and conversions by doing the following:
        A. Explain how THREE of the following devices use energy, and explain their energy conversions:
              toaster, greenhouse, light bulb, bow drill, nuclear reactor, sweat lodge.
        B. Construct a system that makes at least two energy conversions and explain this to your counselor.
  3. Show you understand energy efficiency by explaining to your counselor a common example of a situation where energy moves through a system to produce a useful result. Do the following:
        A. Identify the parts of the system that are affected by the energy movement.
        B. Name the system's primary source of energy.
        C. Identify the useful outcomes of the system.
        D. Identify the energy losses of the system.
  4. Conduct an energy audit of your home. Keep a 14 day log that records what you and your family did to reduce energy use. Include the following in your report and, after the 14 day period, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
        A. List the types of energy used in your home such as electricity, wood, oil, liquid petroleum, and
              natural gas, and tell how each is delivered and measured, and the current cost; OR record the
              transportation fuel used, miles driven, miles per gallon, and trips using your family car or another
        B. Describe ways you and your family can use energy resources more wisely. In preparing your
              discussion, consider the energy required for the things you do and use on a daily basis (cooking,
              showering, using lights, driving, watching TV, using the computer). Explain how you can change
              your energy use through reuse and recycling.
  5. In a notebook, identify and describe five examples of energy waste in your school or community. Suggest in each case possible ways to reduce this waste. Describe the idea of trade offs in energy use. In your response, do the following:
        A. Explain how the changes you suggest would lower costs, reduce pollution, or otherwise improve
              your community.
        B. Explain what changes to routines, habits, or convenience are necessary to reduce energy waste.
              Tell why people might resist the changes you suggest.
  6. Prepare pie charts showing the following information, and explain to your counselor the important ideas each chart reveals. Tell where you got your information. Explain how cost affects the use of a nonrenewable energy resource and makes alternatives practical.
        A. The energy resources that supply the United States with most of its energy
        B. The share of energy resources used by the United States that comes from other countries
        C. The proportion of energy resources used by homes, businesses, industry, and transportation
        D. The fuels used to generate America's electricity
        E. The world's known and estimated primary energy resource reserves
  7. Tell what is being done to make FIVE of the following energy systems produce more usable energy. In your explanation, describe the technology, cost, environmental impacts, and safety concerns.
        o Biomass digesters or waste to energy plants
        o Cogeneration plants
        o Fossil fuel power plants
        o Fuel cells
        o Geothermal power plants
        o Nuclear power plants
        o Solar power systems
        o Tidal energy, wave energy, or ocean thermal energy conversion devices
        o Wind turbines
  8. Find out what opportunities are available for a career in energy. Choose one position that interests you and describe the education and training required.

Energy 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.