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 21, 2023 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Many of the same people who brought the Radio Merit Badge to camp in 2022 will be back to help with SS&C and the day will be structured as it was for Radio Merit Badge. Some groups will observe a guided presentation in Hoover Lodge while other groups will demonstrate their mastery of requirements in an outdoor setting.

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. Also, the following requirements must be completed prior:

  • 5A & 5B (One Scout does 5B, the next Scout uses that work to accomplish 5A. Then they switch roles and repeat)
  • 7 (Moderately difficult. Best done during a campout or one-day outing)
  • 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.

You can download the MB worksheet from to better understand the requirements. We ask adult leaders to assist the counselors in checking blue cards. Final “completed or partial” determination will be made by SS&C counselors.

The registration fee is $30 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.

2023 Merit Badge Workshop Registration Form >

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