Youth and Adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:. Special requirements exist for the special Interpreter's Strip for Morse code. 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.
Question is does there have to be a "qualified counselor" to evaluate the qualification of the person trying to get the Interpreter Strip? Are there specifica BSA requirements or a form to document this? We have required the Scout to bring a letter from his language teacher at school certifying he has passed the requirements for the Interpreter's Strip.
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While the Morse Code requirement has been dropped from both the FCC amateur radio operator license exam and the Boy Scouts Radio Merit Badge requirements, it shows continued growth in operation. CW or Morse Code contests continue to grow in participation and many are eagerly studying Morse Code to acquire it for the first time or to build their receiving and transmitting speed and accuracy. Many questions have surfaced over how to qualify for the interpreter strip, who determines the qualification, etc.
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Venturers and advisors may be recognized with an interpreter strip by showing their knowledge of a foreign language or sign language by completing the requirements below. Multiple strips may be worn if multiple strips are earned. These awards symbolize the current ability to translate a foreign language.
To signify that a youth or adult member speaks a foreign language one other than English. Who Can Earn This Award? Any member who speaks a specific foreign language; demonstrate knowledge by carrying on a five-minute conversation in this language, translating a two-minute speech or address, and writing a letter in the language does not apply for sign language ; or, translating words from the written word.