Architecture Merit Badge
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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 Architecture 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 Architecture 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.

Other Architecture MERIT BADGE PAGES
Architecture Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Architecture Merit Badge Workbook
Architecture Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

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

1. Architecture Merit Badge Pamphlet

2. Scout Uniform

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

4. 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. Do the following:

a. Tour your community and list the different types of buildings 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.

b. Select an architectural achievement that has had a major impact on society. Using resources such as the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and magazines, find out how this achievement has influenced the world today. Tell your counselor what you learned.

Scouts should prepare their work prior to the class and bring their completed work to the class ready to share for review.  Pictures are encouraged to be gathered as a part of this requirement (but not required) to help enhance the sharing of information Scouts have learned in their research and so that others in the class, including the counselor, might have a better understanding of the Scouts choices. Scouts will share their work and findings during the class with the counselor and other Scouts.


2. In the Outdoor Code, a Scout pledges to "be conservation-minded." Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. The term sustainable architecture. Identify three features typical of green buildings.

b. The difference between renewable building materials and recycled building materials, and how each can be used in construction.

c. The relationship of architecture with its surrounding environment and the community.

d. How entire buildings can be reused rather than torn down when they no longer serve their original purpose.


3. Do ONE of the following:

a. With your parent's and counselor's permission and approval, arrange to meet with an architect. Ask to see the scale model of a building and the drawings that a builder would use to construct this building. Discuss why the different building materials were selected. Look at the details in the drawings and the model to see how the materials and components are attached to each other during construction.

b. With your parent's and counselor's permission and approval, arrange to meet with an architect at a construction site. Ask the architect to bring drawings that the builder uses to construct the building. While at the site, discuss why the different building materials being used were selected. Discuss how the different building materials and components are attached to each other during construction.

Note: To visit a construction site will require advance planning. You will need permission from your parents, counselor, the architect, and the construction site manager. A construction site is a very dangerous place. While there, you will need to closely follow the site manager's directions and comply with all the safety procedures, including wearing a hard hat, protective eyewear, and proper footwear. Be aware of the changing conditions at the site, and stay with the architect or site manager.

c. Interview someone who might be your client (such as a prospective homeowner or business owner) if you were an architect. Find out what your client's requirements would be for designing a new home or business building. Write a short program including a list of requirements for the project, the functions of the building and site, how the functions relate to one another, and the goals of the project.

Requirement 3c MAY be covered during the class through the guidance of the merit badge counselor/instructor.  Keep in mind that there is a writing aspect required for this requirement component that some Scouts may find challenging to complete during the class. If choosing to work on this requirement component, consider preapraing for it prior to the class.

Scouts wishing to work on requirement component(s) 3a or 3b, may work on these 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 these requirement components to their satisfaction. Make sure your work is pertinent to the requirement components focus and be prepared to share your work.  Scouts should consider bringing a note signed by the architect they met with during their visit in addition to any other supporting photo or document proof.


4. 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)

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class however time will be allotted for Scouts to share their work with the merit badge counselor/instructor during the class. Scouts are encouraged to take pictures and measurements of a room where they reside or their Scout meeting area in preparation for sharing their work during the class. Be Prepared.


5. Find out about three career opportunities in architecture. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2020