Proposed Requirements for a new

Internet Merit Badge

Proposed Merit Badge Requirements Advisory Committee

Boy Scouts Computer Certification

Presented to

Jim Shamlin
National Headquarters
Boy Scouts of America
PO. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75038
972 580-2415 Fax: 972 528-7809

National Capital Area Council
9190 Rockville Pike
Washington, DC  20814-3897
Phone: 301-530-9360

Dear Sirs:

The Boy Scouts have a Computer Merit Badge, which is very helpful to those whose eventual careers will increasingly involve computers.    When I was a Scout, there was no such badge yet.  But it is a pleasure to offer assistance as a Merit Badge Counselor to develop general computer skills.

The merit badges change with the times.  The current Computer Merit Requirements are behind the times, mentioning outdated services such as Bulletin Boards, Prodigy, and CompuServe.  With the importance of computers nowadays, the CMB should be a required badge for Eagle.

Internet and web site design skills are a particular aspect of computers, and one of the fastest growing.  It deserves its own merit badge. 

Here below are the proposed requirements for the "Internet Merit Badge".  It might be called the "Web Site Merit Badge."

Also, with the simple addition of an "A" record in the DNS, people will be able to get to the official web site with either the "www" or without, or simply (which now gives an error) - just a suggestion.

Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Rick Shaddock
Sponsor: ComputerMeritBadge.Org

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  1. Give a short history of the World Wide Web. Describe the major components. 
    Give four different uses of web sites and Internet based services
  2. Do the following:
    1. Tell what a web site is and how it is developed.
    2. Give three examples of tools used to create web sites.
    3. Describe what HTML is, and how it is used
  3. Show how the following may be used in a web site: text, numbers, pictures, and sound.
  4. Do THREE of the following:
    1. Use a text editor to make a simple web page.  Including bolding, italics, and links
    2. Develop a web site for your patrol, using a web site design program, such as FrontPage, or word processor.
    3. Create an online form inviting people to register for a Court of Honor.
      Make the form send an email message in response.
    4. Use a graphics program to design and draw a new logo or picture for your site.
  5. Do TWO of the following:
    1. Visit a business or industry that uses the internet. Study what the web accomplishes for them and be prepared to discuss what you observed.
    2. Use a computer attached to the web or equipped with a modem to connect to an online service such as MSN, or America Online.
      Send a message to someone on the network or download a program or file from the network.
    3. Use Java Script, CGI, or a web application of your choice, subject to approval by your counselor.
  6. Be prepared to discuss several terms used in each of the following categories:
    1. Internet / Intranet
    2. Web browser
    3. CGI
    4. DNS
    5. Dial-Up, DSL, T1, OC
    6. Firewall
    7. FTP
    8. eMail
    9. Domain Registration
    10. Search Engines
    11. Java
    12. PDA
    13. XML
    14. Web Server
    15. Cookies
  7. Be prepared to discuss various jobs in the internet and web site design field.
  8. Is it permissible to send unwanted email, or use pop-up ads? Why or why not?
  9. Describe several ways in which you and your family could use the web other than for games and recreation.


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