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Animation Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Animation Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Animation merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

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Requirement 1: General knowledge. Do the following:
Requirement 1 a: In your own words, describe to your counselor what animation is.
Requirement 1 b: Discuss with your counselor a brief history of animation.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 3: Projects. With your counselor’s approval, choose two animation techniques and do the following for each:
Requirement 3 a: Plan your animation using thumbnail sketches and/or layout drawings either on paper or using an animation software program.
Planned first animation
Planned second animation
Requirement 3 b: Create the animations.
Created first animation
Created second animation
Requirement 3 c: Share your animations with your counselor. Explain how you created each one, and discuss any improvements that could be made.
Explanation of first animation and improvements that could be made
Explanation of second animation and improvements that could be made
Requirement 4: Animation in our world. Do the following:
Requirement 4 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.
Requirement 4 b: Discuss with your counselor how animation might be used in the future to make your life more enjoyable and productive.
Requirement 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.
Three careers in animation
Education, training, and experience required for this profession