Architecture Merit Badge
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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!

    Sample Activity Plan

      A. Make Your Plan - What will you do?
      B. Plan Presentation - Tell Your Patrol
      C. Study Hall -
      D. Homework -
      E. Field Tour - - Plus Service Project
      F. Final Meeting - Req #8&9 - Activity Final & Pass-off with Counselor

      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) 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

    Architecture 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 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.

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

    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)

      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.

        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

      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.

      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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