Animation Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.
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Preparation Page

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time.  Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these online class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Animation Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Animation Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Animation Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Animation Merit Badge Workbook
Animation Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Animation Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Animation Merit Badge Pamphlet

2. Scout Uniform

3. Pencils, sharpener, and a pad of drawing paper

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general expectations for participation in a Scoutmaster Bucky Online Merit Badge Class.


Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements.  An example to note:


"Tell", "Explain", "Describe", and "Discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class.  When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading off responses is not acceptable, it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Do the following:

a. In your own words, describe to your counselor what animation is.

b. Discuss with your counselor a brief history of animation.


2. PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION Choose five of the following 12 principles of animation, and discuss how each one makes an animation appear more believable: squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, straight-ahead action and pose to pose, follow through and overlapping action, slow in and slow out, arcs, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, solid drawing, appeal.


3. PROJECTS With your counselor's approval, choose two animation techniques and do the following for each:


Scouts may work on this prior to the class, but please note that the counselor reserves the right to accept or deny your work on the basis of meeting the expectations of this requirement to their satisfaction. Make sure your selections are pertinent to the requirement's focus and be prepared to share your work.

Scouts not having done preparation work on this requirement will have an opportunity to review options with the counselor to pursue after the class.

a. Plan your animations using thumbnail sketches and/or layout drawings.

b. Create the animations.

c. Share your animations with your counselor. Explain how you created each one, and discuss any improvements that could be made.


4. ANIMATION IN OUR WORLD Do the following:

a. Tour an animation studio or a business where animation is used, either in person, via video, or via the Internet. Share what you have learned with your counselor.

Scouts should bring proof (a note signed by the host, your parent, teacher, Scoutmaster, or other) to help validate their completion of the visit noted in this requirement. Ideally the note could/should be signed/emailed from the person managing the tour of the studio or business visited (in-person or virtually).

Scouts choosing to view a video for this requirement component, will need to be able to share the link(s) with the counselor who will determine whether the resources utilized fulfills the requirement component to their satisfaction.

b. Discuss with your counselor how animation might be used in the future to make your life more enjoyable and productive.


5. CAREERS Learn about three career opportunities in animation. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss your findings with your counselor. Explain why this profession might interest you.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2020