Webelos Communicator Activity Badge Worksheets



Break this code using two clues:
  • The most commonly used letter in the English language is "e."
  • The most common three letter word is "the."

21-13-13-02  21-13  09-02  02-16-13  14-20-09-15  24-23-20-13
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09-14-02-13-26 01-11-16-23-23-20. 05-13 11-09-22 24-20-09-07 __-__-__-__-__ __-__-__-__-__-__. __-__ __-__-__ __-__-__-__
10-09-01-19-13-02-10-09-20-20. 02-16-13-22 05-13 11-09-22 __-__-__-__-__-__-__-__-__-__. __-__-__-__ __-__ __-__-__
15-23 02-23 21-07 16-23-03-01-13 14-23-26 01-03-24-24-13-26. __-__ __-__ __-__ __-__-__-__-__ __-__-__ __-__-__-__-__-__
12-23-22'-02 14-23-26-15-13-02, 02-23-22-17-15-16-02 17-01 __-__-__'__ __-__-__-__-__-__, __-__-__-__-__-__-__ __-__
23-03-26 05-13-10-13-20-23-01 01-11-23-03-02 __-__-__ __-__-__-__-__-__-__ __-__-__-__-__
21-13-13-02-17-22-15. 05-13-10-13-20-23-01 17-01 14-03-22! __-__-__-__-__-__-__. __-__-__-__-__-__-__ __-__ __-__-__!



Break this code:



Alphabet Soup

Using the letter of the alphabet displayed, fill in the answer for each clue.
The first one has been done for you.

The "Jungle Book" name of an important Cub Scout Leader is Akela.
When they are old enough, Cub Scouts can join a troop of B____  _______.
The title of the leader of the Pack is C____________.
The title of the Cub Scout who is the number one den helper is the D_______.
One Cub Scout elective activity which could include wiring a door bell is E______________.
Every Cub Scout shows respect to this patriotic item that is used in opening ceremonies, the F_____.
The Webelos activity badge that includes the study of rocks, minerals, mountains and earthquakes is G__________.
A physical journey that Scouts big and small enjoy in the outdoors is a H_____.
This substance is found in instruments we write with: I___
Kids like to see how far or how high they can do this physical action: J_____
One way to move the ball in football or soccer is to K_____ it.
This is the noise we make when something is funny or we are happy: L_______
This is made by voices or by instruments: M_______
A familiar information source that contains many articles and is often recycled is a N_____________.
People from many nations around the world take part in the O_________ events every four years.
These play characters are fun to make and are used in some skits: P_________
The Cubmaster expects Q_______ when he give the Cub Scout sign.
During races or relays we move our legs quickly and this is called R_________.
The act of making musical sounds with words is another word for S_________.
When the Cub Scout sign is given, we must stop T__________.
A shirt, neckerchief and slide are part of the Cub Scout U________.
During the summer, we often take time for a family V___________.
When a Cub Scout is 10 years old, and in the 4th or 5th grade, he can earn the Cub Scout rank of W__________.
The musical instrument, a X____________ sort of resembles a piano.
Today is Y_____________ tomorrow.
A Z_____ is where lots of wild animals are kept for visitors to view.



Fun Codes To Try

Codes usually have two parts. The first part is making the code, called "encoding." The second part is called "decoding," which tells the person who receives the encoded message how to read and understand it.

Rail Fence Code
Suppose you want to send the message "Webelos are the Best!" In the Rail Fence Code, you encode by dropping down every other letter:

W B L S   R   T E   E T
 E E O   A E   H   B S !

Then, combine the two lines into one, like: WBLSRTEETEEOAEHBS! and send that. To decode the message, the receiver finds the middle and puts the second half below the first half.

Box Code
Some codes substitue numbers for letters. The encoding can be a grid such as this 5x5 sample. The receiver needs an identical decoding grid, also called a "key".
You can put the letters into the boxes in any way you wish, but the receiver needs the exact same distribution! One box will have 2 letters, but if you use Q/Z, it will not be used very often.

  1 2 3 4 5
1 N F E J P
2 B L I U O
3 Y C T W H
4 K X V D R
5 G M S A Q/Z

Notice the letter 'S' is 53 and the letter 'F' is 12. The following looks like a letter to home but is really the code for "Send Help Fast!"

Dear Dad:
Here is my report card for this year. I did my best, but I'll do even better next time.
Science 53, 13, 11, 44
Math 35, 13, 22, 15
English 12, 54, 53, 33
Your son,




Codes can be created however you like. The only requirement is that the sender and receiver use the same encoding and decoding schemes. On this sheet, make up a symbol for each letter of the alphabet. Then, write a message using your code and pass this sheet to another scout to decode. See if he can understand your message and maybe write one back to you.
A ____ B ____ C ____
D ____ E ____ F ____
G ____ H ____ I ____
J ____ K ____ L ____
M ____ N ____ O ____
P ____ Q ____ R ____
S ____ T ____ U ____
V ____ W ____ X ____
Y ____ Z ____  

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