Animation Merit Badge

To earn this merit badge, Scouts will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of animation and its rich history. They will learn the principles of animation, complete hands-on design projects, have opportunities to participate in virtual or in-person tours of animation studios and businesses to see how animation is used. Scouts will learn how animation is not only used in their video games and movies, but also for practical business purposes – factory simulations, satellite tracking, medical procedures and even predicting the weather.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Sat, June 10th (Oakbrook)
  • Thu, June 8th (Woodfield)
  • Thu, June 29th (Both Locations)
  • Thu, July 20th (Both Locations)
  • Tue, August 1st (Woodfield)
  • Fri, August 4th (Oakbrook)

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  • Sun, August 20th (Oakbrook) - 11am-2pm
  • Sun, September 10th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, September 26th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thurs, October 12th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, October 29th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Thu, November 16th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm

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Astronomy Merit Badge

In learning about astronomy, Scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Thu, June 15th (Both Locations)
  • Thu, July 6th (Both Locations)
  • Fri, July 21st (Oakbrook)
  • Sun, August 6th (Both Locations)

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  • Tue, August 22nd (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Tue, September 12th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thur, September 28th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, October 15th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, November 2nd (Both Locations) - 5-8pm

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Digital Technology Merit Badge

Digital technology is part of almost everything we do. This workshop is all about using, understanding and appreciating digital technology -- computers, tablets, cell phones, and even computer-controlled coffee pots. You’ll learn about digital technology rights and how to be environmentally friendly with digital technology.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Sat, June 17th (Oakbrook)
  • Tue, June 20th (Woodfield)
  • Fri, July 7th (Oakbrook)
  • Sun, July 23rd (Both Locations)
  • Thu, August 10th (Both Locations)

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    • Tue, August 24th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
    • Thu, September 14th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
    • Sun, October 1st (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
    • Tue, October 17th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
    • Sun, November 5th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm

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Game Design Merit Badge

For thousands of years, in every culture, people have played games. Games challenge us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and allow us to work with or against one another. They give structure to play. Games motivate us to find creative solutions, practice new skills, and spend time with others.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Sun, June 18th (Both Locations)
  • Sun, July 9th (Both Locations)
  • Thu, July 27th (Both Locations)
  • Sat, August 12th (Oakbrook)
  • Sun, August 13th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm

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  • Sun, August 27th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, September 17th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Tue, October 3rd (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thur, October 19th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Tue, November 7th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm

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Movie Making Merit Badge

Moviemaking includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, careful composition (or arrangement), and appropriate camera movement to tell stories. In earning the badge, Scouts will also learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and post-production processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Thu, June 22nd (Oakbrook Only)
  • Thu, July 13th (Oakbrook Only)
  • Sat, July 29th (Oakbrook Only)
  • Sun, August 13th (Oakbrook Only)

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  • Tue, August 29th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Tue, September 19th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thur, October 5th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, October 22nd (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, November 9th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm

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Photography Merit Badge

Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about, a person news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Fri, June 22nd (Woodfield)
  • Sat, June 24th (Oakbrook)
  • Thu, July 13th (Woodfield)
  • Sat, July 15th (Oakbrook)
  • Sun, July 30th (Both Locations)
  • Thu, August 17th (Both Locations)

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  • Thu, August 31st (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thu, September 21st (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, October 8th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Tue, October 24th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, November 12th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm

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Programming Merit Badge

Go “behind the screen” for a look at the complex codes that make digital devices useful and fun. Without programs, today’s high-tech gadgets would be little more than empty shells. But given clear instructions, digital devices can do amazing things and perform operations that would have seemed like magic to people in the past. When you fulfill the requirements for this badge, you will be able to work a little of that “magic” yourself. And you might find yourself joining the legions of programmers who create innovative software.

Course Offered:

Summer Schedule: Fall Schedule:
  • Sun, June 25th (Oakbrook)
  • Tue, June 27th (Woodfield)
  • Sun, July 16th (Both Locations)
  • Thu, August 3rd (Both Locations)
  • Fri, August 18th (Oakbrook)
  • Sun, August 20th (Woodfield)

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  • Thu, September 7th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Sun, September 24th (Both Locations) - 11am-2pm
  • Tue, October 10th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Thu, October 26th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm
  • Tue, November 14th (Both Locations) - 5-8pm

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