An image of the BSA Morse Code Interpreter Strip with a morse code chart behind it.

Morse Code Interpreter Strip Requirements and Helps

About the Morse Code Interpreter Strip

The Boy Scouts of America offers a special Morse Code interpreter strip for any youth or adult who demonstrates proficiency in Morse Code. The strip may be worn on the uniform.


The requirements are pretty simple and just require some practice:

  • Carry on a five-minute conversation in Morse Code at a speed of at least five words per minute.
  • Copy 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.
  • Send a 25-word written document in Morse Code at a minimum of five words per minute.

More information about interpreter strips from the BSA website

Did You Know…

January 11 is Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day. That would be a good day to earn this special emblem.

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