SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Science And Technology

To atain the Science and Technology badge, the Explorer Scout must complete the following:

Alternative A - Meteorology

- Demonstrate a continued interest in meteorology. This should involve regular participation in activities, the use of a variety of recording instruments and recording observations for at least 50 hours.

- Demonstrate skills in meteorological recording and observation to a group of young people to encourage them to try the activity.

- Understand in detail the formation of clouds, and weather associated with different clouds and fronts.

- Understand in detail how weather maps are produced and how to interpret them for use in Scouting activities.

Alternative B - Mechanic

- Demonstrate a continued interest in maintenance of a mechanical machine for at least 50 hours. This should involve regular activity and use of a variety of techniques.

- Demonstrate skills in being a mechanic. This should involve knowledge of the principles of engine, gearbox and drive axle operation.

- Discuss the safety rules of their activity and how to use the skills learned in a responsible manner with the examiner or instructor. These requirements should be adapted accordingly for marine and aviation engines.

Alternative C - Radio Communication

- Demonstrate continued interest in a method of communication. This should involve regular participation in activities, the use of a variety of recording instruments and recording observations for at least 50 hours.

- Demonstrate skills in a communication method to a group of young people to encourage them to try the activity.

- Discuss the rules or Codes of Practice of their chosen activity and how to use the equipment in a responsible manner with the examiner or instructor.

- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate alphabets and internationally recognised signs and signals.

Alternative D - Electronics

- Demonstrate a continued interest in electronics. This should involve regular participation in activities and use of a variety of techniques and equipment for at least 50 hours.

- Demonstrate skills in electronics to a group of young people to encourage them to try the activity.

- Discuss the safety rules or safe working practices of electronics and how to use any equipment in a responsible manner with the examiner or instructor.

- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of circuits, components and the symbols used in electronics.

Alternative E - Astronomy

- Demonstrate a continued interest in astronomy. This should involve regular participation in activities, the use of a variety of recording instruments and recording observations for at least 50 hours.

- Demonstrate skills in astronomical recording and observation to a group of young people to encourage them to try the activity.

- Understand the meaning of technical astronomical terms and describe in detail our galaxy and solar system including planets and other bodies.

- Demonstrate a good knowledge of man's activities in space since 1969.

Alternative F - Naturalist

- Demonstrate a continued interest in the natural world. This should involve regular participation in activities, using of a variety of study and conservation techniques, for at least 50 hours.

- Demonstrate skills in the recording and observation of the natural world to a group of young people to encourage them to try the activity.

- Understand in detail how man's activities are affecting the natural world, referring to pollution, deforestation and new farming techniques.

- Demonstrate a good knowledge of natural history terminology, particularly local animal and plant species and other specialist words.