Animation Merit Badge
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    2015 - New Merit Badge Program

    Animation Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    BSA has released a new merit program for boy scouts to work on. Animation Merit Badge looks to be really cool and covers a very popular subject.

    Sample Activity Plan

    Opportunity for Great Family Fun and to Participate in an Extraordinary Service Project:

    A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements
      • Service Project Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Outdoor & Camping Opportunities? (See Extra Credit)
      • Other Related Scouting Activities? (See Extra Credit)

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction

    Animation Merit Badge B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important. ======================================

    Why Do Animation Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject?

    • Animation is an exciting endeavor for many young people...
    Computer or traditional animation tasks that will test a Scoutís creativity, artistic skills, and storytelling abilities.

    Animation Merit Badge

    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!
    Pixar's historic first animated short film - 1986 - Luxo Jr.

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Req #4: Field Trip
      Discuss with your Patrol Leaders what your group can do to cover two or more of the requirements for #4 and #5 (see below).

    Genealogy Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    Learn important key concepts
    Any Safety Requirements?
    Start family research reports
    Prepare for your Field Tour

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.


    Animation Merit Badge E) Patrol Activity

      Req #3: Two Animation Projects
      Each project do demonstrate an animation technique.

        a. Plan your animation using thumbnail sketches and/or layout drawings.
        b. Create the animation.
        c. Share your animations with your counselor. Explain how you created each one, and discuss any improvements that could be made.

    F) Field Trip

      Req #4: Animation Project Tour
      Tour an animation studio or a business where animation is used, either in person, via video, or via the Internet. Some ideas for an animation project tour.

      • Animation studio
      • Animation motion picture cinema
      • Museum with interactive displays
      • Animation Theme Park - (ie, Disney World or Universal Studios) - look for unique animation presentations.

    Animation Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session for a discussion and presentation with your merit badge counselor:

    • Req 3c - Presentation of twin animation projects
    • Req 4a - Discussion about Animation Tour
    • Req 4b - Discussion on future uses of Animation
    • Req 5 - Discussion on career opportunities in Animation
    to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.

    H) Extra Credit

    Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.


    If you like doing Animation, then check out it's close cousin, the Art Merit Badge.

    J) Animation Famous Quotes:

      Walt Disney: -
      • All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
      • It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
      • I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life... it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
      • Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
      • Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
      • When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.

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