Animation Merit Badge Pamphlet Animation Merit Badge 


Requirements were INTRODUCED as a new merit badge effective May 18, 2015.

This Merit Badge is a NEW merit badge.

  1. General knowledge.
    Do the following:
    1. In your own words, describe to your counselor what animation is.
    2. 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:
    1. Plan your animation using thumbnail sketches and/or layout drawings.
    2. Create the animation.
    3. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

Note: Although the requirements for this new badge were included in the
2015 edition of Boy Scout Requirements (33216 - SKU#620714),
they were accompanied by this footnote:

*The Animation merit badge will be introduced sometime in first quarter 2015.
The supporting pamphlet will be available at that time.

Scouts could NOT earn the badge until the official EARN DATE, which was May 18, 2015.

BSA Advancement ID#: 158
Requirements last updated in: 2015
Pamphlet Publication Number: 35778
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 620096
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2015

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Page updated on: May 11, 2015

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