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    Architecture Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    Architecture Merit Badge is one of the coolest merit badge programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    A core element of this program is an Architecture themed field trip (several exciting options available). Your unit should have a study unit ahead of time and another afterwards. You may need extra funds depending on the nature of the field trip.

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

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

    • Many young people dream of building great things, architecture is a combination of the art and engineering to make it happen.
    Even the simplest form of architecture is a work of art that requires thought and planning.
    Architecture Merit Badge
    Architecture Merit Badge

    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!

    American Business Merit Badge B) Patrol Leader Plan & Setup Aids
    Prepare Your Patrol Plan - FUN Starts Here:

    Architecture Merit Badge 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 #1: Community Tour and Building Sketch

        • 1a. Tour your community and list the different building types you see. Try to identify buildings that can be associated with a specific period of history or style of architecture. Make a sketch of the building you most admire.

        Req #4: Room Design Plan from Home
        Measure a room such as one where you live or where your troop meets. Make an accurately scaled drawing of the room's floor plan showing walls, doors, closets, windows, and any built-in furniture or cabinets. Neatly label your drawing with the following: your name, the date, what room you drew, and the scale of the drawing. (Drawing scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot)

    ArchitectureMerit 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.

      Req #1: Community Tour and Building Sketch
      Report on your results of community tour and building sketch.

      Req #2: Green Architecture
      Green Architecture in Japan - Examples of Sustainable Building Design.

      Req #4: Room Design Plan from Home
      Review your Room Design Plan


    E) Patrol Activity

    F) Field Trip

    Architecture Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session 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

    The Architecture merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.

    J) Architecture Famous Quotes:

      David Allan Coe - It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
      Julia Morgan - Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.

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