Art Merit Badge
Activity Guide for Patrol Leaders
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    Art Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop
    Art Merit Badge is one of the easiest programs available in scouting - So make the most of it!

    Sample Activity Plan

    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

    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 Art Merit Badge
    What makes this a really cool subject?

    This merit badge concentrates on two-dimensional art, specifically drawing and painting in various media, including an introduction to design applications in the fields of graphic arts and industrial design, history and design principles, and how these fields relate to fine art.

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

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Start working your Merit Badge here:

    C2) Prerequisites: Art Supplies
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    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.

    Art Merit Badge D) Patrol Activity
    This patrol activity may be combined with a Field Trip Plan. It is recommended that the patrol activity take place in a artist's studio where you have the necessary supplies to do activities in Req #4 and #5, plus getting tour credit for Req #6. and #7.

      Req #4: Artistic Renderings (4):
      Render the Subject in your choice of FOUR of these ways:

        a. Pen and ink
        b. Watercolors
        c. Pencil
        d. Pastels
        e. Oil paints
        f. Tempera
        g. Acrylics
        h. Charcoal,
        i. Computer drawing or painting.

      Req #5: Creative Design:
      Do One of the Following:

        Model Design
        Picture Story
        Logo Design

    F) Field Trip
    Recommended tour of artist's studio which may also double as a location for the activities above. Look for the following activities.

      Req #6: Artist's Workshop Tour: - "visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's workshop."
      Req #7: Artist Interview - learn about career opportunities and requirements.

    Art Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the artwork activities as well as to discuss 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 story created for Req #5 could also be used towards any of the following: The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community could be given as a Communications #3 five-minute speech using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story and Art #1 to tell a story which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.

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


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


    H) Art Famous Quotes:

      Scott Adams (Creater of Dilbert) - Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
      Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philopher) - The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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