Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Graphic Arts Merit Badge


Graphic Arts




  1. 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.
  2. Explain the difference s between continuous tone, line, and halftone artwork. Describe how it can be created and/or stored in a computer.
  3. 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.
  4. Produce the design you created for requirement 3 using one of the following printing processes:
        A. 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.
        B. 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.
        C. Electronic/digital printing
              Create a layout in electronic form, download it to the press or printer, and run 50 copies. If no
              electronic interface to the press or printer is available, you may print and scan a paper copy of the
        D. Relief printing
              Prepare a layout or set the necessary type. Make a plate or lock up the form. Use this to print 50
  5. Review the following post-press operations with your counselor:
        A. Discuss the finishing operations of padding, drilling, cutting, and trimming.
        B. Collect, describe, or identify examples of the following types of binding: perfect, spiral, plastic comb,
              saddle stitched, and case.
  6. Do ONE of the following, then describe the highlights of your visit:
        A. Visit a newspaper printing plant: Follow a story from the editor to the press.
        B. Visit a retail, commercial, or in-plant printing facility: Follow a project from beginning to end.
        C. Visit a school's graphic arts program: Find out what courses are available and what the prerequisites
        D. 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.
  7. 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.

Graphic Arts 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.