The requirements for this badge were revised with publication of a new Graphic Arts merit badge pamphlet (33374B) during 2006. However, these revised requirements were omitted from Boy Scout Requirements 2007, 2008, and 2009 (33215 and 33216), which still show the old requirements. Scouts may use either set of requirements until BSA corrects the error in the next edition. We have confirmed this with the staff of the BSA National Director of Boy Scout Advancement.
- Review with your counselor the processes for producing printed communications: offset lithography, screen printing, electronic/digital, relief, and gravure. Collect samples of three products, each one produced using a different printing process, or draw diagrams to help with your description.
- Explain the differences between continuous tone, line, and halftone artwork. Describe how it can be created and/or stored in a computer.
- Design a printed piece (flier, T-shirt, program, form, etc.) and produce it. Explain your decisions for the typeface or typefaces you use and the way you arrange the elements in your design. Explain which printing process is best suited for printing your design. If desktop publishing is available, identify what hardware and software would be appropriate for outputting your design.
- Produce the design you created for requirement 3 using one of the
following printing processes:
- Offset lithography
Make a layout and produce a plate using a process approved by your counselor. Run the plate and print at least 50 copies.
- Screen printing
Make a hand-cut or photographic stencil and attach it to a screen that you have prepared. Mask the screen and print at least 20 copies.
- Electronic/digital printing
Using both text and graphics, create a layout in electronic form, download it to the press or printer, and run 50 copies.
- Relief printing
Prepare a layout or set the necessary type. Make a plate or lock up the form. Use this to print 50 copies.
- Offset lithography
- Review the following postpress operations with your counselor:
- Discuss the finishing operations of padding, drilling, cutting, and trimming.
- Collect, describe, or identify examples of the following types of binding: perfect, spiral, plastic comb, saddle stitched, and case.
- Do ONE of the following, then describe the highlights
of your visit:
- Visit a newspaper printing plant: Follow a story from the editor to the press.
- Visit a retail, commercial, or in-plant printing facility: Follow a project from beginning to end.
- Visit a school's graphic arts program: Find out what courses are available and what the prerequisites are.
- Visit three Web sites (with your parent's permission) that belong to graphic arts professional organizations and/or printing-related companies (suppliers, manufacturers, printers): With permission from your parent or counselor, print out or download product or service information from two of the sites.
- Find out about three career opportunities in graphic arts. 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.
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Requirements last updated in: 2007
Pamphlet Publication Number: 00000
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 33374B
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2006
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