These were the REQUIREMENTS before the REVISIONS
which were made when a new merit badge pamphlet was issued during
after the 2004 edition of BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS was issued.
To see the current requirements
- Tell the purpose of space exploration including:
- historical reason,
- immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge,
- Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and
- Tell about main steps in humanity's movement into space
and tell about the contributions of these individuals:
- Jules Verne,
- K.E. Tsiolkovsky,
- Robert Goddard,
- Hermann Oberth, and
- Wernher von Braun.
- 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.) Identify
and explain the following rocket parts:
- Body tube
- Engine mount
- Launch lug
- Nose cone
- Recovery system
- Rocket engine
- Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
- The law of action-reaction.
- How rocket engines work
- How satellites stay in orbit
- How satellite pictures of the Earth and pictures of
other planets are made and transmitted.
- Discuss what has been learned about the Moon and planets
by manned and unmanned spacecraft exploration and the possible
benefits of new knowledge. Do TWO of the following:
- Construct a data table of recent information about the
planets. For each planet, give important facts, including
distance from the sun, period of revolution, rotation, number
of moons, etc.
- Make a scrapbook of magazine photographs and news clippings
about planetary research.
- Design a spacecraft that will be sent on a mission to
another planet to take samples of its surface and return
them to Earth/ Name the planet your spacecraft will visit;
and, in your design, show how your spacecraft will work
and cope with the environment of that plant.
- Describe the purpose and operation of the space shuttle.
Discuss the following:
- Main components
- Typical mission profile
- Design an Earth-orbiting space station. Make drawings or
a model of your station. Within your design, consider and plan
- Source of energy
- How it will be constructed
- Life-support systems
- Purpose and function
- Discuss with your counselor two possible careers in space
* If local laws prohibit the launching of model
rockets, do the following activity: Make a model of a NASA rocket.
Explain the functions of the parts. Give the history of the
BSA Advancement ID#: 107
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1990 (2004)
Requirements last revised in 1984 (2004)