Electronics came to life in Pawhuska where area boy scouts earned their Electronics Merit Badge at a Nov. 5, seminar. The boys each completed coursework and assembly of a printed circuit board soldering project.


Sponsored by Siemens, the 18 scouts studied electronics safety, component functions, schematic drawings, and applications.


After learning and practicing soldering safety and techniques in the morning session, the boys enjoyed a grilled steak dinner prepared by Scoutmaster Bruce Hendren. Sessions on schematics, semiconductors, and careers in electronics were held. Then the boys each completed their printed circuit board assembly. Each project had 32 soldering points involving transistors, capacitors, resistors, a battery, and LEDs. The parts formed a blinking circuit with an R2D2 design mounted in a clear plastic case. All the boys completed their soldering projects and earned their merit badges.


The scouts are grateful to Siemens Process Instrumentation & Analytics of Bartlesville for sponsoring this activity. Also, the scouts are thankful to the LDS Church of Pawhuska for the use of its fellowship hall.


Boy scouts attending represented four different troops from Osage and Washington counties and are part of the Cherokee Area Council which is a United Way agency. The Council also serves Nowata, Craig, Ottawa & Delaware counties.