Signaling

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Signaller ("Signaling" in earlier handbooks) is a discontinued merit badge. However, in honor of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary, this badge has been named to the BSA’s new Historical Merit Badge Program and may be earned by Scouts during 2010 until December 31, 2010.
Signaller "Centennial" merit badge
Status: Discontinued
Released: 1911, 2010 BSA Advancement ID:
Retired: 1992, 2010 Requirements Revision: 2010

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Signaling requirements


1938 merit badge requirements

  1. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not fewer than forty-eight letters per minute, or in the General Service (International Morse) Code, not fewer than twenty-four letters per minute.
  2. Send and receive signals by sound, using the buzzer, sounder, whistle, or bugle.
  3. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless outfit, blinker, or a heliograph outfit and send a message of not less than twenty-four letters with the same.

1945, 1950 merit badge requirements

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device.
  2. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at a rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  4. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  5. Know the proper application of the International Morse Code and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  6. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.


Boy Scout Requirements, ({{{1}}}) Edition The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Handbook for Boys, 1946 Edition

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Requirement resources

BSA Merit Badge Resources

4: Flag semaphore signal schema Adobe Acrobat PDF (206K PDF) A diagram of flag semaphore signal actions and meanings in arm position order; action sequence required to send and receive a complete message; posing instructions for signaler. (Rev. 2, 3/10)

Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges

2010 Historic merit badge program resources

Merit Badge MeritBadge.Org USScouts.Org Scouting.Org (BSA)
Carpentry Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Pathfinding Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Signaling Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Tracking Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet

The basics of the 2010 Historic Merit Badge Program include:

  • "The effective date for earning these new merit badges is April 1, 2010, and requirements must be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2010." — 2010 Historical MB Program
  • "The contemporary merit badges closely resemble the original designs of their counterparts with the exception of the border, which is gold." — 2010 Historical MB Program
  • The BSA Supply Division will not print (new) or re-print (old) pamphlets for these merit badges – official BSA materials for these merit badges will be available only in electronic format at Scouting.Org. (We have provided you those links, above).

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

1945, 1950 merit badge requirements

Historical Signaling merit badge.
Historical Signaling merit badge.
  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device.
  2. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at a rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  4. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  5. Know the proper application of the International Morse Code and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  6. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

1938 merit badge requirements

  1. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not fewer than forty-eight letters per minute, or in the General Service (International Morse) Code, not fewer than twenty-four letters per minute.
  2. Send and receive signals by sound, using the buzzer, sounder, whistle, or bugle.
  3. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless outfit, blinker, or a heliograph outfit and send a message of not less than twenty-four letters with the same.
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