Barn Architecture

Members should learn what features should be included in the design of a safe, functional barn. They should be aware of the site the barn is to be built on and what it is going to be used for, etc. The object of this badge is to make members aware of safety features as well as design features. They must be aware of such possible problems as footing and drainage, prevailing winds and snow build up.

Members should be taken to visit several neighbouring barns to see different designs and construction methods. They can also read up magazine articles and books on barn design. As a group or in pairs they can design their dream barn. They should state the purpose of the barn, the location, construction techniques and safety features.

It would be helpful if they could have a meeting with someone involved in construction, preferably barn or farm construction. This is an opportunity for fathers to get involved.