Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Architecture Merit Badge






  1.     A. Tour your community and list the different building types 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.
  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 scale 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.
        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, hoe the functions relate to one another, and the goals of the         project.
  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)
  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.

Architecture Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.