While working on the Journalism merit badge, Scouts learn about freedom of the press and ethics issues for reporters. They investigate print and live journalism. They also conduct an interview and explore careers related to this field.
By doing the requirements for the Photography merit badge, Scouts learn to safely and effectively record their experiences in pictures. They explore the impact of lighting, exposure, depth of field, composition, angle, and other aspects of taking photos. Then Scouts put their knowledge to use by taking a number of photographs. They also find out about career opportunities related to photography.
Working on the requirements for the Graphic Arts merit badge helps Scouts learn about producing printed communications. They learn about different media and design a piece for printing. They visit a location which produces graphic arts and find out about career opportunities.
Scouts capture live action memories while doing the requirements for the Moviemaking merit badge. They learn how to create a visual story and use motion picture equipment such as a camcorder or a smartphone to record it. Scouts create their own short film and explore careers in moviemaking.
Scouts learn to present themselves and their ideas with confidence while doing the requirements for the Public Speaking merit badge. They give talks to introduce themselves and on topics of their choosing. They also learn how to give an impromptu talk and to lead a discussion.
July 24 is Tall an Old Joke Day. Bear Cub Scouts can work on their Roaring Laughter adventure, and all Scouts can incorporate some laughs into their program.
Trivia is fun for youth. At one summer camp we attended, the trading post manager shared a fun trivia fact before each meal. Sharing an oddball fact is a fun way to add some levity to a troop meeting too. Or you can have fun playing a trivia game as a gathering activity or in a long car ride to camp.
Dr. Seuss Day is a day to celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the wonderful books he wrote, and reading in general.
Scouts who are working on the Radio merit badge discover the world of broadcast radio and hobby radio. They learn how radio waves make it possible for people around the world to communicate. Scouts learn about the different components in a radio. The en they put their knowledge to use The requirements for this badge can be fulfilled by exploring amateur radio, radio broadcasting, or shortwave radio.
By doing the requirements for the Animation merit badge, Scouts learn how to create the illusion of movement through a series of still images. They learn the techniques which which make a good story and visual effect. Then they demonstrate their skill by creating their own animations. They also explore career opportunities related to animation.
Before earning the rank of Star, a First Class Scout must participate in a Scoutmaster Conference. This is a good opportunity for the Scoutmaster and Scout to talk about how things are going and to check in. This is normally done after the Scout has completed requirements 1 through 6 for Star.
To complete the Communications core requirement for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn and practice communications skills. Then they must share their knowledge of communications with others.
After a Star Scout has completed the service, leadership, scout spirit, and EDGE requirements for the rank of Life, he or she asks the Scoutmaster for a conference. They can discuss how advancement is going for the Scout and talk about personal development.
Just as in the requirements for the other ranks, when a Scout nears completing all of the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, he or she has a conference with the Scoutmaster. Hopefully your Scoutmaster will tell you how proud he or she is of you!
The final step along the path from Life to Eagle Scout is a Board of Review. This Board of Review might be a little longer than your previous ones and it will probably be conducted by people from outside of your Troop Committee.
This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Scouts BSA Troops (ILST).