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Wilderness Survival

posted Sep 17, 2018, 12:15 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 4:14 PM ]

October 2018 will be a Wilderness Survival campout.

Wilderness Survival merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
    b. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermiaheat reactionsfrostbitedehydrationblistersinsect stingstick bites, and snakebites.
  2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
  3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
  4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
    a. Cold and snowy
    b. Wet
    c. Hot and dry
    d. Windy
    e. At or on the water
  5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful
  6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
    b. Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
    c. Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
  8. Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.
  9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, bears, and other animals of the local region.
  10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
  11. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear while in the outdoors during extremely hot and cold weather and during wet conditions.
  12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.

Eagle Projects Completed in 2018

posted May 1, 2018, 10:42 AM by Troop Elgin   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 7:43 AM by Greg Ehmann ]

Troop 2 Life Scouts have completed 2 Eagle service projects in 2018 so far. 
  1. Joey Mesko - Raised PlatersThe Sheridan at Tyler Creek
  2. Travis McHone - Garden Arbor - Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Backpacking 2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 9:32 AM by Greg Ehmann

The April 2018 Campout will be a Backpacking adventure to the Wisconsin State Park - 
Devil's LakeCheck out the details.

See additional information for Backpacking below or contact Larry Mandelin


Robotics Merit Badge

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:29 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:38 PM ]

Welcome to the Robotics merit badge information page. During this merit badge we will explore general capabilities of robots, build and program robot and hold a competition between 2 to 3 teams.

  1. Read through the BSA Robotics pamphlet and workbook/notebook.
  2. Read up on the general capabilities of robots and the instructions for building a robot. Chapter 1 in the SumoBot Manual and then pages 11-24 in the StampWorks Manual will help you get started understanding the programming.
  3. Work completed at campout
    1. Req 1,2, 3 and parts of 4 (notebook pages 1,2,3,4)
      1. Req 1 add 1 more hazard
      2. Req 3 needs you to find some pictures of the different fields of robotics 
    2. Final code from campout posted below, you can install the Editor software below to view and edit this code.
  4. Choose a task to complete for (notebook pages 5,6,7,8 & 9)
    1. Task can be
      1. Robot that stays inside the ring
      2. Robot the tracks and follows objects
      3. A full SumoBot
      4. Robots that follows a black line
    2. Notebook page 5 (pseudo code)
      1. Draw a flow chart of how the control program works
    3. Notebook page 6 (software code)
      1. Include the software code and comment on what each section is doing
    4. Notebook page 7 (code modifications)
      1. Note and change you can make to the code to have the robot perform better
    5. Notebook page 8 (final design)
      1. Note any change you made to the design to improve the operation of the robot or of a subsystem such and the line sensor or IR detection
    6. Notebook page 9 (potential for improvements)
      1. Make notes for any future improvements that still can be done
  5. Summarize the work above in Req 5
  6. Research online and complete Req 6b & 7
    1. First Lego League
    2. Vex Robotics
    3. NASA Robotics competitions

Robotics merit badge resources
  1. Robotics MB book
  2. Robotics workbook/notebook
  3. SumoBot Manual
  4. Applied Robotics with the SumoBot Text
  5. BASIC Stamp Editor Software
  6. BASIC Stamp Syntax and Reference Manual
  7. StampWorks Manual

    Sample Competition

    Eagle Projects completed in 2017

    posted Jul 12, 2017, 1:15 PM by Troop Elgin   [ updated May 1, 2018, 10:41 AM ]

    Troop 2 Life Scouts have completed 3 Eagle service projects in 2017.

    1. Jacob Mesko  -  Dugout Shelters - Gilberts Memorial Park
    2. Kier Alimario - Pollinator Garden - Hawthorne Hills Nature Center, Elgin IL 
    3. Kris Schuman - Cleanup/Railing -  Immanuel Lutheran School, East Dundee

    Space Exploration Merit Badge

    posted Oct 3, 2016, 2:30 PM by Greg Ehmann

    Merit badge book

    Space Exploration merit badge requirements

    1. Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:
      a. Historical reasons
      b. Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge
      c. Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products.
      d. International relations and cooperation
    2. Design a collector's card, with a picture on the front and information on the back, about your favorite space pioneer. Share your card and discuss four other space pioneers with your counselor.
    3. Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.* Make a second launch to accomplish a specific objective. (Rocket must be built to meet the safety code of the National Association of Rocketry. See the "Model Rocketry" chapter of the Space Exploration merit badge pamphlet.) Identify and explain the following rocket parts:
      a. Body tube
      b. Engine mount
      c. Fins
      d. Igniter
      e. Launch lug
      f. Nose cone
      g. Payload
      h. Recovery system
      i. Rocket engine
    4. Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
      a. The law of action-reaction.
      b. How rocket engines work
      c. How satellites stay in orbit
      d. How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted.
    5. Do TWO of the following:
      a. Discuss with your counselor a robotic space exploration mission and a historic crewed mission. Tell about each mission's major discoveries, its importance, and what was learned from it about the planets, moons, or regions of space explored.
      b. Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the Internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission.
      c. Design a robotic mission to another planet or moon that will return samples of its surface to Earth. Name the planet or moon your spacecraft will visit. Show how your design will cope with the conditions of the planet's or moon's environment.
    6. Describe the purpose and operation of ONE of the following:
      a. Space shuttle or any other crewed orbital vehicle, whether government owned (U.S. or foreign) or commercial
      b. International Space Station
    7. Design an inhabited base located within our solar system, such as Titan, asteroids, or other locations that humans might want to explore in person. Make drawings or a model of your base. In your design, consider and plan for the following:
      a. Source of energy
      b. How it will be constructed
      c. Life-support system
      d. Purpose and function
    8. Discuss with your counselor two possible careers in space exploration that interest you. Find out the qualifications, education, and preparation required and discuss the major responsibilities of those positions.

    Railroading Merit Badge

    posted Mar 8, 2016, 6:02 PM by Greg Ehmann   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 8:12 AM ]

    Welcome to the Railroading merit badge page. See the site for additional information on helpful web resources. The Railroad booklet is attached below. To complete this merit badge please read the merit badge pamphlet and complete the worksheet.  

    Counselor: Mr. Ehmann

    Railroading merit badge requirements

    1. Do THREE of the following:
    a. Name three types of modern freight trains. Explain why unit trains are more efficient than mixed freight trains.
    b. Name one Class I or regional railroad. Explain what major cities it serves, the locations of major terminals, service facilities, and crew change points, and the major commodities it carries.
    c. Using models or pictures, identify 10 types of railroad freight or passenger cars. Explain the purpose of each type of car.
    d. Explain how a modern diesel or electric locomotive develops power. Explain the terms dynamic braking and radial steering trucks.
    2. Do the following:
    a. Explain the purpose and formation of Amtrak. Explain, by the use of a timetable, a plan for making a trip by rail between two cities at least 500 miles apart. List the times of departure and arrival at your destination, the train number, and the type of service you want.
    b. List and explain the various forms of public/mass transit using rail.
    3. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Name four departments of a railroad company. Describe what each department does.
    b. Tell about the opportunities in railroading that interest you most and why.
    c. Name four rail support industries, Describe the function of each one.
    d. With your parent's and counselor's approval, interview someone employed in the rail industry. Learn what that person does and how this person became interested in railroading. Find out what type of schooling and training are required for this position.
    4. Explain the purpose of Operation Lifesaver and its mission.
    5. Do THREE of the following:
    a. List five safety precautions that help make trains safer for workers and passengers.
    b. Explain to your merit badge counselor why safety around rights-of-way are important.
    c. List 10 safety tips to remember when you are near a railroad track (either on the ground or on a station platform) or aboard a train.
    d. Tell your counselor about the guidelines for conduct that should be followed when you are near or on railroad property. Explain the dangers of trespassing on railroad property.
    e. Tell what an automobile driver can do to safely operate a car at grade crossings, and list three things an automobile driver should never do at a grade crossing.
    f. Tell how to report a malfunction of grade crossing warning devices.
    g. List safety precautions a pedestrian should follow at a public crossing.
    6. Explain the appearance and meaning of the following warning signs and devices: advance warning sign, pavement markings, crossbucks, flashing red lights, crossing gates.
    7. Do EACH of the following:
    a. Explain how railroad signals operate and show two basic signal types using color and configuration.
    b. Explain the meaning of three horn signals.
    c. Describe a way to signal a train for an emergency stop.
    d. Explain the use and function of the EOTD (end-of-train device) or FRED (Flashing rear end device) used on the last car of most freight trains.
    8. Select ONE of the following special-interest areas and complete the requirements:
    a. Model Railroading
    With your parent's and counselor's approval, do TWO of the following:
    1. Draw a layout of your own model railroad; or one that could be built in your home. Design a point-to-point track or loop with different routings. Include one of the following: turnaround or terminal or yard or siding.
    2. Build one model railroad car kit or one locomotive kit.
    3. Name the scale of four popular model railroad gauges. Identify the scale of four model cars or locomotives.
    4. Locate the Web site of four model railroad - related manufacturers or magazine publishers. Print information on their products and services and discuss the information with your counselor.
    5. Build one railroad structure (from scratch or using a kit), paint and weather the structure, mount it on your layout or diorama, and make the surrounding area on a diorama scenic.
    6. Alone or with others, build a model railroad or modular layout, including ballast and scenery. Make electrical connections and operate a train. Describe what you enjoyed most.
    7. Participate in a switching contest on a timesaver layout and record your time.
    b. Railfanning
    With your parent's and counselor's approval, do TWO of the following:
    1. Visit a railroad museum, historical display, or a prototype railroad-sponsored public event. With permission, photograph, videotape, or sketch items of interest. Explain what you saw and describe your photos, sketches, or videotape.
    2. Purchase tickets and ride a scenic or historic railroad. Under supervision, photograph the equipment and discuss with your counselor the historic significance of the operation.
    3. Locate the Web site of four rail historical groups, then find information on the history of the rail preservation operations and purpose of each group. Talk with a member of one of the groups and find out how you might help.
    4. Plan a trip by rail between two points. Obtain a schedule and explain when the train should arrive at two intermediate points. Purchase the tickets and make the trip. Explain to your counselor what you saw.

    Electronics Merit Badge

    posted Mar 6, 2015, 7:34 AM by Troop Elgin   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 7:33 AM by Greg Ehmann ]

    Welcome to the Electronics merit badge information page. During this merit badge at the March 2015 camp out we will:
    • Explore the function and symbols of electronic parts. 
    • Diagram, analyze, build and improve an electronic control circuit. 
    • Learn how to solder various parts.
    • Use test equipment: multi-meter, oscilloscope and logic analyzer.
    • Construct a computer and game controller.
    When complete we should have an electronic circuit that mimics a die, a functioning computer system and game controller. This should allow us to hold a classic video game tournament after dinner on Saturday night with such titles as PacMan, Defender, Centipede and many more.

    Tasks to do 

    2015-03 Electronics

    1. Read through the BSA Electronics pamphlet.
    2. Get a blue card from Mr McCowan
    3. Req 2a, see the attached PDF below for a copy of the schematic.
    4. Req 4b, Describe how a number system and logic gates make digital design possible. See pages 60-63.
    5. Req 4, design and build a circuit to properly count 0-5 and could be used as the die counter in Req 2. Using  the parts CD4024, CD4049, CD4001, CD4011 attached below. I can provide the parts and breadboard. Optionally you can add in the LEDs. 

    Example of controller

    Electronics merit badge requirements

    1. Describe the safety precautions you must exercise when using, building, altering, or repairing electronic devices.
    2. Do the following:
    a. Draw a simple schematic diagram. It must show resistors, capacitors, and transistors or integrated circuits, Use the correct symbols. Label all parts.
    b. Tell the purpose of each part.
    3. Do the following:
    a. Show the right way to solder and desolder.
    b. Show how to avoid heat damage to electronic components.
    c. Tell about the function of a printed circuit board. Tell what precautions should be observed when soldering printed circuit boards.
    4. Discuss each of the following with your merit badge counselor, and then choose ONE of the following and build a circuit to show the techniques used:
    a. Tell how you can use electronics for a control purpose, and then build a control device circuit.
    b. Tell about the basic principles of digital techniques, and then build a digital circuit. Show how to change three decimal numbers into binary numbers, and three binary numbers into decimal numbers.
    c. Tell about three audio applications of electronics, and then build an audio circuit.
    Show how to read the schematic diagram of the project you choose and, to the best of your ability, explain to your counselor how the circuit you built operates.
    5. Do the following:
    a. Show how to solve a simple problem involving current, voltage, and resistance using Ohm's law.
    b. Tell about the need for and the use of test equipment in electronics. Name three types of test equipment. Tell how they operate.
    6. Find out about three career opportunities in electronics that interest you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are needed for each position.

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