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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

Posted on 04 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, now its Signaling!

Signaling Merit Badge was first offered in 1910, and was discontinued in 1992.  This Merit Badge is not an easy one session merit badge, Scouts need to have a basic grasp of Morse Code and Semaphore Code which could take a few months to learn.

Original Signaling Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Signaling_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Signaling Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_signaling_new.pdf

Signaling Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 the rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  4. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  5. Know the proper application of the International Morse and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  6. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Wilderness Survival
  • Radio
  • Communications

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Signaling merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Museum U. at the National Scouting Museum

Posted on 04 January 2009 by Dan

The National Scouting Museum has announced its January and February Merit Badge schedule.

Citizenship in the Nation
January 10, 2009 2:30pm – 4:30pm
January 31, 2009 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Communications
February 7, 2009 10:00am – 12:30pm
February 28, 2009 10:00am – 12:30pm

Emergency Preparedness
February 14, 2009 9:30am – 1:00pm
February 21, 2009 9:30am – 1:00pm

Fingerprinting
January 24, 2009 1:00pm-4:00pm

Reservations are required. You can call 972-580-2466 to make a reservation. See the original Museum U Flyer (JPG), or visit the National Scouting Museum website for further information.

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