The Morse Code interpreter strip designates those who are proficient in Morse Code and denotes their availability for emergency communications and other types of supporting communication for Scouting and the community. Youth and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of Morse Code by:
- Carrying on a five‐minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least 5 words per minute.
- Copying correctly a two‐minute message sent in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
- Writing a letter in the language does not apply for Morse Code.
- Sending a 25 word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute.
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Can youth as well as adults wear the strip?
Yes. Just like the other foreign language interpreter strips.
No, the item will be available in local scout shops or online for order. The usual leader order / recognition process would apply for ordering a strip for presentation for youth. You will not need to submit proof of passing – we use our Scout’s honor system for adults.
If there is doubt of the youth’s proficiency in the language, the Scoutmaster/Advisor/Cubmaster can administer the test, or someone they designate. There is no formal testing procedure or requirement.
Just above the Boy Scouts of America embroidery strip above the right pocket. The same location applies to the Sea Scouting uniform, Boy Scouting and Cub Scout uniforms.