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    2015 - New Merit Badge Program

    Animation Merit Badge 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.

    A core element of this program includes completing two animation projects and the animation field trip. Note: Many game arcades and theme parks use animation as well as an animated motion pictures show at the local cinima.


    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    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 Scout’s creativity, artistic skills, and storytelling abilities.
    Animation Merit Badge
    Animation Merit Badge

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


    Animation Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:


    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).


    AnimationMerit Badge D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    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.

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    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

    Art

    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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