Interpreter Strip Award
Youth and adult members (Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts, plus Scouters in all programs) may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired.
The interpreter strips are worn centered above the "Boy Scouts of America" or "Scouts BSA" strip on the uniform.
Earn the interpreter strip by:
- Carrying on a 5-minute conversation in this language.
- Translating a 2-minute speech or address.
- Writing a letter in the language (Does not apply for sign language)
- Translating 200 words or more from the written word.
Earn the Morse Code interpreter strip by:
- Carrying on a five-minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least five words per minute.
- Copying correctly a two-minute message sent in Morse Code at a minimum of five words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
- Sending a 25-word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of five words per minute.
The requirements are verified by the unit leader, after receiving sufficient evidence of the Scout's or Scouter's ability to read, write, and speak the language. You can use this Interpreter Strip Confirmation form.
The unit leader should note the personal achievement on the local Council's Advancement Report for youth or Training Report for adults and submit to the Council. The unit leader purchases the strip from the local scout shop. If it is a rare language in your area, the strip may need to be ordered from a different council or National Supply Division.
Most Councils do not have a specific application form, but check with your scout shop or district executive to see.
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Mar 11, 2013 - davidw
with sixty (60) yrs experience in Morse Code (military/amateur radio. Can I submit 60 years of Morse radio logbooks and award certificates as evidence? The other adult leaders do not know Morse Code, and would not be able to verify actual sending
1. I see the link shows the 2 minute speech may be translated from English to other language or vice-versa but is the same true of the 200 words? Does it matter which way the translations occur?
2. Are there resources for the 200 words, the speeches, etc.? Does someone in each unit just make this up for each language?
I came across this link, but it doesn't answer my questions so I'm hoping someone here will reply: filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512- 019_WB.pdf
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