Computer Badge

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Under the program revitalization effort of the Canadian Path, this article is no longer be applicable to the current program.
It remains here for reference purposes only.
For information on items replacing this topic, see Cub Scout Technology.

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Computer Badge Cub Scout Book Page, revised 2012



Cubs learn computer knowledge and skills, with an emphasis on using computers productively and safely. [1]


  1. Pick three of the following types of computing devices and explain how they are similar, and how they are different.
    • Desktop
    • Laptop
    • Netbook
    • Smartphone
    • Tablet
  2. Explain how to care for a computer and disks.
  3. Do either (a) or (b):
    • (a) List ten uses of computers in your home and/or school.
    • (b) Explain how computers are used in entertainment, education and business or visit a local business, community service or research organization that uses computers, and report on how they use computers in their activities. (Do not use video arcades.)
  4. Do the following:
    • (a) Briefly explain what the World Wide Web is.
    • (b) Using the World Wide Web with an adult, find a site that has list requirements for a Cub Scout badge or award.
  5. Do the following:
    • (a) Describe how to protect yourself and others by safe use of a computer. If your school has a computer lab, explain why there is an “appropriate use” policy, and why each rule exists.
    • (b) Explain what a computer virus is, what it can do to your computer, and how you can protect your computer
  6. Show how you can transfer a file (like a homework assignment or photograph) from one computer to another via two of the following methods:
    • USB Memory Stick
    • Email
    • Shared folder
    • Disk or Writable CD-ROM
    • Web Service (e.g., Google Docs, Dropbox, iCloud)
  7. Do either (a) or (b):
    • (a) Write a story or report using word processing, doing all the revisions on a computer. Print the first draft and final revision. Explain how you made revisions.
    • (b) Using a computer, design a new Cub Scout badge or camp crest. You may not use clip art.

Program Suggestions

  • Cubs on the Lookout - Leader Magazine, March 2007. Good explanation of part 4(b) (2001 version), which is often done wrong the first time. (No worries about this any longer!)
  • Contact a local Community College and ask if they have someone who can run a computer night. That has been our process for years. The Cubs and Scouts work through the requirements and utilize AutoCAD as the program to use for the commands. The youth have a great time. The computers don't hold personal information that can be harmed. It's a great marketing tool for the college.
pre-2011 badge