The Interpreter Strip is not an award... it is optional insignia, not temporary insignia. Its sole purpose is to serve as an immediate, visual cue to others that you are able to perform as an interpreter, when needed... not to award your ability to converse in another language. (This is also why its placement on your uniform is near your nameplate.) Plus, it's unique because it is written (scripted) in the characters of the language you can interpret... i.e., Deutsch, instead of German.
|— BSA Insignia Guide, No. 33066|
Interpreter Strip requirements
Boys and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:
*Does not apply for sign language.
Stocked Interpreter Strips
The BSA Supply Division currently carries minimum stock for the following:
Language BSA Supply No. Arabic 00403 American Sign Language 18025 Cantonese 00404 Dutch (Nederlands) 00393 French (Français) 00391 German (Deutsch) 00392 Greek 00405 Hebrew 18039 Italian 00400 Mandarin, Simplified 00407 Mandarin, Traditional 00408 Japanese 00406 Portuguese 00401 Russian 00402 Spanish (Español) 00395 Vietnamese 00409
Custom Interpreter Strips
However, that does not, in any way, mean that these are the only authorized Interpreter Strips. You can custom order any language through the BSA Supply Division. Just because it's not listed (above), that does not mean they don't already have it; nor does it mean that they will not make it for you.
- See: Talk:Interpreter Strip#Custom Interpreter Strips for discussion about this.
Signing and American Sign Language are not the same thing; they are distinctly different forms of sign language for the hearing impaired. The Signing interpreter strip (BSA Supply No. 00390) is still listed in the Insignia Guide, but no longer listed at ScoutStuff.Org. You may still, however, be able to get it at a Scout shop, or order it through your Council Service Center or the BSA Supply Division (directly).
Immediately above (and flush with) the BSA strip (above right pocket); but, below the Varsity and/or Venture strip(s), if applicable. For guidance, see:
- Insignia Guide, No. 33066
- Uniform Inspection Sheets –
- Tiger Cub Scout, Wolf Cub Scout, and Bear Cub Scout, No. 34282
- Webelos Scout, No. 34635
- Boy Scout/Varsity Scout, No. 34283
- Adult Leaders, No. 34048
You may wear more than one Interpreter Strip — one for each language which you qualify. Do not place multiple Interpreter Strips side-by-side; place one immediately above the other.
Spoof patches are not authorized for wear on the BSA uniform.
Interpreter Strips at ScoutStuff.Org — Retrieved: December 11, 2010