Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Review with your counselor the processes for producing printed
communications: offset lithography, screen process printing,
electronic/digital, relief, and gravure. You may show samples or draw diagrams
to help with your description.
- Explain the difference 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 hardware and
software are 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 then produce a
plate using a process approved by your counselor. Run the plate and print at
least 50 copies.
- Screen process 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
Make 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 layout.
- Relief printing
Prepare a layout or set the
necessary type. Make a plate or lock up the form. Use this to print 50
- Review the following postpress operations with your counselor:
- Discuss the finishing operations of paddling, drilling, cutting, and
- Collect, describe, or identify examples of the following types of
binding: perfect, spiral, plastic comb, saddle stitched, and case.
- Identify three career opportunities in graphic arts and tell how you can
prepare for them.
- Do ONE of the following, and then describe the highlights of your visit:
- Visit a newspaper printing plant: Follow a story from the editor to the
- Visit a commercial or in-plant printing facility: Follow a job 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 on the Internet that belong to graphic arts
professional organizations and/or printing-related companies (suppliers,
manufacturers, printers): Download product or service information from two
of the sites.
BSA Advancement ID#: 122
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002