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500,000 Scouts and their families don't speak English.
MeritBadge.Org now offers thousands of pages of materials in dozens of Languages!

Instructions

You can email this page or change the language and then print this for others who need help in another language.

1. Go to http://meritbadge.org/. Click the "More languages" link on the left.

2. Click on the list below to choose your language:

العربية {Arabic) Español {Spanish) 日本語 (Japanese) српски језик (Serbian)
Български (Bulgarian) Suomi (Finnish) 한국어 (Korean) Slovenščina (Slovak)
Català (Catalan) Français (French) Latviešu (Latvian) slovenščina (Slovenian)
中国 (Chinese) Deutsch (German) lietuvių kalba (Lithuanian) Svenska (Swedish)
Chinese (Traditional) ελληνικά(Greek) Norsk (Norwegian) Tagalog (Filipino)
Hrvatski (Croatian) हिन्दी (Hebrew) Polski (Polish) украї́нська мо́ва (Ukrainian)
Česky (Czech) हिन्दी {Hindi) Português Việt (Vietnamese)
Dansk (Danish) Bahasa (Indonesian) Română {Romanian)  
Nederlands (Dutch) Italiano (Italian) Русский (Russian)  

Now everything on MeritBadge.Org will be in your language!

To switch back to English:

Click the View Original Web Page link at the top of the page.

To go to another language:

First go back to English by clicking View Original Web Page and then choose the next language.

Details

Every page of MeritBadge.Org is now available in dozens of languages! Of course, Spanish is the most requested language. At the last census, 70 counties were already primarily Spanish speaking including Miami-Dade. New Mexico will be the first state to be primarily Spanish speaking followed by California, Texas, and Arizona.

We are using a couple of tricks to make the language translation technology from Google work on MeritBadge.Org.

Now a leader can print information for parents of different cultures. A Cubmaster could print Pinewood Derby information for the Spanish speaking parents. A Den Leader could print the requirements for the Citizenship belt loop for Vietnamese parents. A Scoutmaster could print the Camping Checklist in Tagalog for the Filipino parents.

Using the Language features, you can even print worksheets for:

That's almost a thousand pages of workbooks in 35 different languages! Currently the graphics will not be shown when the workbooks are translated but much of the page layout is preserved.

History

In 2002, the BSA set up a mirror site for www.scouting.org in Spanish: http://www.scoutingvalelapena.org/. Unfortunately as of 2008, this site still has only 12 pages. In addition, 25 fliers and handbooks are now in Spanish but few have been added since 2006. Someday the BSA may offer more materials in Spanish but what about the dozens of other languages?

Right Now MeritBadge.Org offers a thousand pages of materials in dozens of languages!

Please tell others in your unit and council that we can now reach out to the 500,000 Scouts and their families who don't speak English.

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