Capital Area Council
One of the great things about being a Webelos Leader is
the opportunity to learn many things along with the boys. Unless you are an
engineer, there may be some knowledge to pick up with this activity badge to
pass on to your boys. Recruit the help of a father who is an engineer.
One of the purposes of Cub Scouting is "fostering a sense
of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills" in boys. This
activity badge probably does this more than any of the other badges.
Engineering is one of the most exacting of the professions and the badge
includes projects that will give a boy an insight into some types of
Arrange for boys to visit an engineer or surveyor in a municipal
county office. Plan for the boys to look through the surveyor's manual and
read a rod.
Visit a construction site and see the plans which are being
Visit the County water works, TV or radio station.
Have someone explain how to read topographic maps.
Have a builder or carpenter show and explain a floor plan of a
Make a block and tackle. Be sure to explain its purpose.
Make catapults and demonstrate them at pack meeting, shooting
candies or marshmallows into the audience for distance.
Discuss property lines. Have a surveyor show how property lines
are determined and measured.
Discuss different types of engineers. If one can visit your
den, let him describe briefly what his duties are.
Have boys collect pictures of bridges and note the differences
Take a field trip to an operating draw bridge (ex. St Croix
River), ship loading operation or other large industrial operation involving
large cranes or other lifting equipment.
Aeronautical Engineering: Deals with the
whole field of design, manufacture, maintenance, testing, and the use of
aircraft both for civilian and military purposes.
Astronautical Engineering: Closely related to
aeronautics, but is concerned with the flight of vehicles in space, beyond the
earth's atmosphere, and includes the study and development of rocket engines,
artificial satellites, and spacecraft for the exploration of outer space.
Chemical Engineering: Concerned with the design,
construction, and management of factories in which the essential processes
consist of chemical reactions.
Civil Engineering: Perhaps the broadest of
the engineering fields; deals with the creation, improvement, and protection
of the communal environment; providing facilities for living, industry, and
transportation, including large buildings, roads, bridges, canals, railroad
lines, airports, harbors, and other constructions.
Electrical Engineering/Computer Science: Divided
broadly into the engineering of electrical power distribution systems,
electrical machinery, and communication, information, and control systems.
Geological & Mining Engineering: Includes
activities related to the discovery and exploration of mineral deposits and
the financing, construction, development, operation, recovery, processing,
purification, and marketing of crude minerals and mineral products.
Industrial or Management Engineering: Pertains to
the efficient use of machinery, labor, and raw materials in industrial
Mechanical Engineering: Broadly speaking, covers
the design and operation of all types of machinery and small structures.
Safety Engineering: Concerned with the prevention
Sanitary Engineering: A branch of civil
engineering that has acquired the importance of a specialized field due to its
great importance for a healthy environment, especially in dense urban
Some Engineering Functions
Research: A search for new scientific knowledge,
with the objective of applying it to solving problems.
Development: Applied research which results in
Design: Conversion of developed ideas into
economical, reliable, and producible plans of manufacture, use or
Maintenance: Plan and direct the methods of
making the design and transforming it into a useful product.
Sales: Define and explain the application of the
product and the sale of it.
Management: Administrate any or all of the
engineers which perform the functions listed above and any other personnel
required to perform the assigned task.
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