Photographer Badge

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Under the program revitalization effort of the Canadian Path, this article is no longer be applicable to the current program.
It remains here for reference purposes only.
For information on items replacing this topic, see Cub Scout Hobby.

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Photographer Badge Cub Scout Book Page, revised 2012



By practising their skills, Cubs develop basic photography and/or home video production knowledge and skills to create meaningful images. [1]


Part A – Knowledge and Skill

  1. Understand and explain:
    • a) the features of the camera you are using
    • b) how to properly care for the equipment, and
    • c) the most common ways your camera could be damaged.
  2. Explain and demonstrate:
    • a) how to properly focus, hold and shoot the camera,
    • b) some common mistakes in taking pictures, and
    • c) how you would correct some mistakes (e.g., crooked shot, too dark, red eye) in software after it’s been uploaded.
  3. Show that you know about media and storage by doing one of the following:
    • a) For film and video cameras, explain and demonstrate how to properly load and unload the film or media. Understand the different types of film or media available for your camera and their uses.
    • -- OR --
    • b) For digital cameras, explain how to upload and store your digital photographs. Explain how you or your parents share your photos by printing or sharing on the web.

Part B – Activities

Using the above skills, complete any three (3) of the following projects. For each project create a display, slide show, video or multimedia show from your pictures or video. Show at least one to your six, pack, family or at a Scouting event and help those watching learn how they could do one too.

  1. Make a family tree using pictures or video.
  2. Do a photo or video “study” (story made of images) on a subject of your choice.
  3. Write a short story and illustrate it through pictures or video using members of your pack, six or friends as the cast.
  4. Have members of your pack, six or friends perform a Scouting Skit and capture it through photos or video.
  5. Take a set of nature pictures or video.
  6. Take pictures or video of interesting people and places in your community.
  7. Interview a senior citizen about what life was like at your age using photos or video to record your interview.
  8. Take photographs or video showing your six or pack at a meeting, outing or camp.

* Please note that you must have someone’s permission before taking their picture.

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