Saturday, September 16, 2017

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

*Check-in begins at 8:30 AM* *Program begins at 9:00 AM*


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Energy & Environmental Resource Center 
244 Chestnut Street
Salem, NJ 08079


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Fill out one photo release form for EACH scout and adult.  Email to theresa.widger@pseg.com or bring to registration.

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EERC Boy Scout Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshop

All of the important details of the workshop can be found here including:  

  • Badge requirements
  • Planned activities
  • Needed Items
  • Directions
  • Contact information 

This program is open to Scouts grades SEVEN and above and there is no cost to participate.  Please remember that this is limited to the first 75 scouts (troop leaders and parents are not included in the total number) and due to the high demand we request that you do NOT register until you are certain you can attend.  One adult can register up to 10 scouts on one form by simply entering each scout's name and grade.

The day will include an interactive nuclear presentation, a trip to the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear site with a control room simulator tour, breakout labs, and an energy exhibit scavenger hunt.  There are no prerequisites required for attendance and the scouts will complete all of the badge requirements at the event. 

The EERC does not have an in-house food service facility, so plan on bringing lunches or see the recommended eateries below to order food for delivery. 

Check in begins at 8:30am so we can begin promptly at 9:00am.  All supplies are provided for the required labs and a bus is provided for transportation to the nuclear site.  There is NO dress code for the workshop.  Complete one Photo Release Form (found under the map on left side of this page) for each scout and adult attending.  You may email the form to Theresa.Widger@pseg.com, fax it to 856.339.7911 or bring it to the workshop.

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Merit Badge Requirements
As seen in the Boy Scout Requirements, 2017 Edition

BLUE tasks will be completed.

1.  Do the following:

a. Tell what radiation is.

b. Describe the hazards of radiation to humans, the environment, and wildlife. Explain the difference between radiation exposure and contamination. In your explanation, discuss the nature and magnitude of radiation risks to humans from nuclear power, medical radiation (e.g., chest or dental X-ray), and background radiation including radon. Explain the ALARA principle and measures required by law to minimize these risks.

c. Describe the radiation hazard symbol and explain where it should be used. Tell why and how people must use radiation or radioactive materials carefully.

d. Compare the amount of radiation exposure of a nuclear power plant worker to that of someone receiving a chest and dental X-ray.

2.  Do the following:

a. Tell the meaning of the following: atom, nucleus, proton, neutron, electron, quark, isotope; alpha particle, beta particle, gamma ray, X-ray; ionization, radioactivity, radioisotope, and stability.

b. Choose an element from the periodic table. Construct 3-D models for the atoms of three isotopes of this element, showing neutrons, protons, and electrons. Use the three models to explain the difference between the atom and nuclear and quark structures of isotopes.

3.  Do ONE of the following; then discuss modern particle physics with your counselor:

a. Visit an accelerator (research lab) or university where people study the properties of the nucleus or nucleons.

b. Name three particle accelerators and describe several experiments that each accelerator performs.

4.  Do TWO of the following; then discuss with your counselor the different kinds of radiation and how they can be used:

a. Build an electroscope. Show how it works. Place a radiation source inside and explain the effect it causes.

b. Make a cloud chamber. Show how it can be used to see the tracks caused by radiation. Explain what is happening.

c. Obtain a sample of irradiated and non-irradiated foods. Prepare the two foods and compare their taste and texture. Store the leftovers in separate containers and under the same conditions. For a period of 14 days, observe their 149 rate of decomposition or spoilage, and describe the differences you see on days 5, 10, and 14.

d. Visit a place where radioisotopes are being used. Using a drawing, explain how and why they are used.

5.  Do ONE of the following; then discuss with your counselor the principles of radiation safety:

a. Using a radiation survey meter and a radioactive source, show how the counts per minute change as the source gets closer to or farther from the radiation detector. Place three different materials between the source and the detector, then explain any differences in the measurements per minute. Explain how time, distance, and shielding can reduce an individual’s radiation dose.

b. Describe how radon is detected in homes. Discuss the steps taken for the long-term and short-term test methods, tell how to interpret the results, and explain when each type of test should be used. Explain the health concern related to radon gas and tell what steps can be taken to reduce radon in buildings.

c. Visit a place where X-rays are used. Draw a floor plan of this room. Show where the unit, the unit operator, and the patient would be when the X-ray unit is operated. Explain the precautions taken and the importance of those precautions.

6.  Do ONE of the following; then discuss with your counselor how nuclear energy is used to produce electricity:

a. Make a drawing showing how nuclear fission happens, labeling all details. Draw another picture showing how a chain reaction could be started and how it could be stopped. Explain what is meant by a “critical mass.”

b. Build a model of a nuclear reactor. Show the fuel, control rods, shielding, moderator, and cooling material. Explain how a reactor could be used to change nuclear energy into electrical energy or make things radioactive.

c. Find out how many nuclear power plants exist in the United States. Locate the one nearest your home. Find out what percentage of electricity in the United States is generated by nuclear power plants, by coal, and by gas.

7.  Give an example of each of the following in relation to how energy from an atom can be used: nuclear medicine, environmental applications, industrial applications, space exploration, and radiation therapy. For each example, explain the application and its significance to nuclear science.

8.  Find out about three career opportunities in nuclear science that interest you. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.

Food Options      

There are no food facilities at the EERC, so troops are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch or order from a local eatery. Below are local pizzerias and delis that will deliver to the EERC. Menus will be provided at the workshop.
When placing your order, specify delivery to the EERC at 244 Chestnut St, Salem. 

Bravo Pizza       179 West Broadway, Salem    856-339-0049

Pat’s Pizza         188 East Broadway, Salem      856-935-6776


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