Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Checkoff Sheet

This printable checkoff sheet for the Signs, Signals, and Codes to keep track of your patrol’s progress. 

Use the buttons below to print the table or to save it as a PDF file.  Put a Boy Scout's name at the top of each column. When a requirement is complete, put the check in the column. Keep multiple check off sheets in a binder to make it easy to see how patrol members are progressing. 
Do all of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. Choose 3 from 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, and 8e.   These requirements are abbreviated to fit on the sheet.
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1. Discuss with your counselor the importance of signs, signals, and codes. Briefly discuss the history.
2. Explain the importance of signaling in emergency communications.
3a. Describe what Morse code is and the various means by which it can be sent.
3b. Describe what American Sign Language (ASL) is and how it is used today.
4. Give your counselor a brief explanation about semaphore.
4a. Spell your first name using semaphore. Send or receive a message of six to 10 words using semaphore.
4b. Using illustrations or photographs, identify 10 examples of nautical flags and discuss their importance.
5. Explain the braille reading technique and how it helps individuals with sight impairment to communicate. Then do 5a and 5b.
5a. Either by sight or by touch, identify the letters of the braille alphabet that spell your name.
5b. Create a message in braille at least six words long, and share this with your counselor.
6a. Describe to your counselor six sound-only signals that are in use today. Discuss the pros and cons of using sound signals versus other types of signals.
6b. Demonstrate to your counselor six different silent Scout signals. Use these Scout signals to direct the movements and actions of your patrol or troop.
7. On a Scout outing, lay out a trail for your patrol or troop to follow.
8. For THREE of the following activities (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 8e), demonstrate five signals each. Tell what the signals mean and why they are used:
8a. Sports official’s hand signs/signals
8b. Heavy-equipment operator’s hand signals
8c. Aircraft carrier catapult crew signals
8d. Cyclist’s hand signals
8e. An activity selected by you and your counselor
9. Share with your counselor 10 examples of symbols used in everyday life.
9a. Show examples of 10 traffic signs and explain their meaning.
9b. Using a topographical map, explain what a map legend is and discuss its importance. Point out 10 map symbols and explain the meaning of each.
9c. Discuss text-message symbols and why they are commonly used.
10. Briefly discuss the history of secret code writing (cryptography). .
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