By Sara Rauta
Adapted from the Movies (Specific) Badge
You can do a general TV Series Badge, or adapt the requirements to earn a specific badge for each TV Series you wish to learn about.
Penguins: Do three requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Make a list of your favorite TV shows. Choose one and watch at least 3 episodes.
_____2.* Tell someone about the show you watched. Why do you like it? What did you learn?
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Make an art project about the show you've picked. You might draw a picture of your favorite character(s), make a diorama of your favorite scene or episode, make a costume from the show, or an art project of one of your favorite items.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Pick three of your favorite TV channels to watch. How have they changed over the last few decades? List several differences you've noticed, aside from different programming. If you don't have cable and only watch TV via Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, talk about how those programs have changed since they began.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Write a review of a TV series you've watched all the way through (or the TV series you are earning this badge for). What genre would it fall under (action, fantasy, drama, etc)? What did you learn from the characters? Make sure the review is at least one page long. Read it to a parent or troop member.
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Pick a television program that was remade, adapted or based on an old TV show. Talk about the changes it went through and how the characters are different, or any new characters that were introduced. Has it become more modernized? Are the plot lines or content more mature? Watch the first three episodes of the original show and the new one. Write a report that is at least 3 pages long about all you have learned and read it to a family or troop member.
Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.Â Â You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.Â Â If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Learn about product licensing. What kind of products are licensed to use the name and images from your movie?Â Toys? Clothing? Housewares?
_____4. Make a list of TV genres (such as mystery, western, etc.). Watch the first few episodes of a show from a genre you don't typically watch. If you are working on a specific show, determine which genre your show is from and choose to watch a show from another genre.
_____5. Determine who your favorite actor or actress from television is and 1) make a list of other shows or movies they've been in and 2) watch one of those shows or movies. If you are working on a specific show, choose an actor or actress from that show.
_____6. Research careers related to the television industries other than actor/actress. What type of schooling would you need? What is the salary typically like?
_____7. Define these television-related terms: set, director, wardrobe, choreography, cinematography, producer, animation, CGI, grip. Make a list of 10 more television-related terms and define them.
_____8. Make a list of quotes from your favorite show. Choose one to artistically decorate. If you are working on a specific show, make sure the quotes are from this show.
_____9. Make a list of the various awards related to television shows. Find a televised showing of one of these award events either on television or you-tube and watch it.
_____10. Participate in a community service project involving television.
_____11. Write your own TV show. Describe the characters, plot and setting. Include episode summaries for at least 10 episodes.
_____12. Find out the following facts about the show you are learning about: When did it first begin airing and when did it end? Who directed and produced it? What network did it originally air on? Are there re-runs? What other shows has this director and producer made? Who starred in it? What else have they starred in? What were/are the ratings like? Is it available on Netflix, Hulu, or other media? If it has been cancelled, why was it cancelled?
_____13. Read the book (if there is one) that the show is based on. Write a short essay about the differences and similarities.
_____14. Film a short pilot episode for a TV show that you've created. It could be based on the show you wrote in requirement 11.
Here are badge requirements written for specific shows: