Junior Sun Smart Badge

AJunior badge inspired by the Texas heat making connections about electricity, discovering alternative energy sources, and
taking action by having fun with the sun!
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Must complete six (6) of the listed activities in order to complete the badge. 

 Note: If you are earning this badge and are not a member of Troop 2702, complete the badge requirements, file a badge affidavit for yourself or your Troop, and request patches from Troop 2702 Leadership.

1. A/C Wannabe. Research the difference between air conditioning (A/C) and heat pump operated HVAC systems. Contact a local HVAC specialist or talk to a salesperson at a store that sells air conditioners and find out the energy efficiency rating, the benefits and drawbacks of each type of system, and decide which would be better for your home.

2. Hot & Cool Careers. Interview an HVAC specialist or a coordinator of an HVAC training program and find out about career options. How long does it take to be certified? What types of certifications are available? How much demand is there for HVAC specialists? How much money can you earn a year in this industry? Are there benefits for women who enter this field due to underrepresented minorities?

3. Be Safe & Smart. Identify three (3) ecologically smart or ecologically safe ways to stay cool in the summer heat that do not use electricity.

4. Energy Improvements. Learn about weather proofing, solar screens, insulation options, and other related energy conserving home improvements. Make a list and share it with your troop or with a friend.

5. Sing a Song. Research or locate at least three (3) songs with the word “summer” in the title. Make a list including the title of the song, the artist who recorded the song, and the year that the song was released. Have a songfest and play your songs or sing them at a troop meeting or another event.       

6. Hot Enough To…. Try to fry an egg on the sidewalk or bake cookies (in a pan) on the dashboard of a closed car.

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1.       In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2.       In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg, followed by flour mixture and chocolate chips.

3.       Place dough on a large sheet of wax paper and roll into a log approximately 11-inches long by 2.5-inches wide. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or overnight.

4.       When ready to bake, park your car in the sun on a 100F+ day. Slice cookies into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet on car dashboard (with protective towel underneath) and bake for 2 1/2-3 hours, until done.

5.       If you have a big dashboard (or a friend with another car), you can do two batches at once, otherwise you can save half of the dough for another day.

Recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

7. Hot Topics in First Aid. Learn the first aid for heat related conditions. Learn the signs and symptoms, treatment, and prevention of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

8. SPF Awareness. What is SPF? What does it stand for? How does it make a difference? Why is it important to use? Research the answers to those questions. Then take a trip to a local supermarket, megastore, or pharmacy and identify at least three (3) different types of sunscreen. Make a list of SPF ranges and sunscreen types. Report to your troop which sunscreen you think offers the best protection based on your research.

9. Living Like a Mole. Investigate sod homes and the ecological benefits that they provide to families. How do sod homes offer cooler summertime options that above ground housing does not? Visit a local sod home, if available, and look at the differences between it and your home. Share the differences and similarities with a friend or with someone in your troop.

10. Watt Did You Say? What is a kilowatt? How do kilowatts affect electric billing? Find the answers to these questions. Then compare the rates of three (3) electricity providers in your area. Track your house’s usage of electricity for three (3) months and report your average electricity usage and cost to your troop.

Links checked and updated 08/09/10