Merit Badge Workshop

Earn Signs, Signals & Codes Merit Badge

Scouts of all levels are invited to earn Signs, Signals & Codes Merit Badge. Most of the requirements of the badge will be available during the day.

October 16, 2021 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signs, Signals and Codes was introduced in 2015. On the 100th anniversary of Scouting in 2010, a legacy badge named “Signaling” was brought back for one year. This may have been the inspiration to create the newer merit badge.

This merit badge covers several nonverbal ways we communicate: emergency signaling, Morse code, American Sign Language, braille, trail signs, sports officiating hand signals, traffic signs, secret codes and more.

Some requirements can’t be done in a classroom (What did you expect? This is Scouting!). For example, use trail signs and markers to create a one-mile trail for fellow Scouts to follow. We will have a Scoutmaster’s guide soon to help units prepare their Scouts. The day will be structured as it was for Radio Merit Badge last year. Some groups will observe a guided presentation in Hoover Lodge while other groups will demonstrate their mastery of requirements in an outdoor setting. Groups will rotate on a schedule. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, ending by 4 p.m. with a one-hour midday break. A few requirements must be completed prior. These requirements are:

  • 6A & 6B (easy)
  • 7 (moderately difficult)
  • 9 Partial, only the part where you “Design your own symbol”.

This weekend coincides with the Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, the largest Scouting event in the world. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Our instructors will have amateur radio stations set up to assist with requirement 3A.

Unit leaders will assist the counselors in checking blue cards held by their scouts, but final determination will be made by SS & C counselors.

The registration fee is $20 per participant, which includes the day’s activities, a JOTA patch and lunch.

To register, please email to sign up your troop, to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone.

2021 Merit Badge Workshop Registration Form >

For more information, please call 330-859-2288 or via email at