As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Artist Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore what it means to appreciate and contribute to the arts.
When planning your adventure, consider:
- using an artistic medium that you have not previously used
- attending a professional artistic presentation (gallery, concert, play, screening, reading, etc.)
Adventure Idea 1: Become a Sci-Fi Writer 1. Read several science fiction stories or novels. What are some exciting elements of science fiction? 2. Imagine your own science fiction universe. Outline your characters, your setting and your plot. It may help to talk with a friend about your ideas and have that person ask you questions. 3. Write, re-write and edit until your story becomes what you want it to be. 4. Have a trusted friend or adult read your story. Invite your reader to give his or her impressions and offer constructive comments to help you improve the story. Create the final draft. Will you add pictures or drawings? 5. Share at least one part of your story with a group of people (like your Patrol). Adventure Idea 2: Make a sculpture from recycled items 1. Visit an art gallery that displays salvaged art. 2. Go to a local salvage centre or thrift store and collect as many items as you expect you will need to create your own sculpture, or re-use items at home. How do the items you find inspire you? 3. What will you use for your sculpture’s foundation? Perhaps you’ll use an old artificial Christmas tree that someone is throwing out, or a piece of furniture, or a coat rack…. How does the foundation of your sculpture help you to imagine what it will look like when you are finished? 4. Do the items you have suggest a theme or a story? How can they be put together to make a statement? Decide how you will put your sculpture together, and plan how your recycled items will be fastened in place. Gather the tools and fasteners you will need. 5. Find a good place to display your sculpture. Where does your sculpture best fit in your home or community? Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Know all those fonts you use? They come from the ancient art of calligraphy. Learn about and practise this continuing art form of using different fonts in handwritten, and often artistic, pieces.
- Compose a bugle call for your Patrol or Troop to signal a common group activity, such as assembling for mealtime or striking a campsite.
- Use your pioneering skills to build stands out of deadfall branches that can be used for displaying art, as trellises for plants in the yard, and more.
- Challenge yourself to learn a new musical instrument.
- Entertain an audience, either by yourself or with a small group, for about 45 minutes with a varied program.
- Produce and edit a video that presents an outdoor skill in an entertaining way.
- Write your own play, then rehearse and direct a small group in performing that play.
- Arrange a backstage tour of a live theatre, and learn about the lights, sound, staging and more.
- Create your own book for toddlers, writing the story and creating the pictures. Share it with a group of preschoolers.
- Collect digital files of photos from Scouting hikes and camping trips. Enlarge the photos and frame them in do-it-yourself frames. Sell the framed photos for a fundraiser for your next adventure.
- Attend a book reading by an author.
- Depict the same subject in at least five ways, exploring a variety of medium: carving, pottery, photographs, sculptures, pen and ink, watercolours, pencil, pastels, oil paints, tempera, acrylics, charcoal, digital, and more.
- Dance or create movement or write a skit for the Scout Law
- Complete a journal of a Scouting adventure such as a Jamboree or a longer camp, canoe trip, etc. Use pictures, video and/or text to describe the adventure, the planning, friends you made, activities you did, what worked well, what went wrong and how you dealt with it, sites you saw and more
- Learn how to hand build pottery or throw a piece of pottery on a wheel from a local potter
- Explore various types of paints - oil, acrylic, watercolour - as you paint scenes from your Scout hiking adventures
- Experiment with a variety of products for sculpting and moulding, such as potter's clay, air-dry clay, homemade clay, etc. Which do you enjoy working with most?
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire an Arts adventure you’d like to try on your own.