Signaling Merit Badge, Summer 2010 Updated July 11, 2010


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scouting in America the BSA brought back four of the original merit badges, one being signaling. The requirements are:

Signaling Requirements: (It was first offered in 1910 and discontinued in 1992.)
1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
2. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at a rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
3. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less 3. than 30 letters per minute.
4. Know the proper application of the International Morse Code and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.