Interpreter Strips

Interpreter Strips

An interpreter strip shows which foreign languages a Scout is familiar with.  It is worn above the “Boy Scouts of America” strip on the uniform. This emblem can be worn by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Varsity Scouts, or adults.

BSA supply carries interpreter strips in stock for a number of languages and American Sign Language. If the language is not available, ask at your local scout shop about obtaining a custom interpreter strip.

In May 2012, BSA introduced an interpreter strip for Morse Code. This strip shows Morse spelled out in Morse Code. Neat!

Cub Scouts who earn an interpreter strip fulfill one of the requirements for the Language and Culture pin.

Interpreter’s Strip for Spoken Language or Sign Language

Show your knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:

  1. Carrying on a 5-minute conversation in this language.
  2. Translating a 2-minute speech or address.
  3. Writing a letter in the language (Does not apply for sign language)
  4. Translating 200 words or more from the written word.

Interpreter’s Strip for Morse Code

Show your knowledge of Morse Code by

  1. Carrying on a five-minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least 5 words per minute.
  2. Copying correctly a two-minute message sent in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
  3. Sending a 25 word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of 5 words per minute.
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