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Interpreter Strip

Japanese Interpreter Strip
Created:pre-1950s
Level:Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers,
Sea Scouts, and Scouters


The Interpreter Strip is a recognition, 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.)

Interpreter strips are in the alphabet of the language represented, not the English-language translation. To accommodate the characters of various languages, the size of each interpreter strip may vary slightly.
Guide to Awards and Insignia, § Universal and Nonunit Insignia


Interpreter Strip requirements

Youth and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of a foreign language or the sign language for the hearing impaired by:

  1. Carrying on a five-minute conversation in this language.
  2. Translating a two-minute speech or address.
  3. Writing a letter in the language. *
  4. Translating 200 words from the written word.

*Does not apply for sign language.

Morse Code Interpreter Strip requirements

Youth and adults may wear this strip if they show their knowledge of Morse code by:

  1. Carrying on a five-minute conversation in Morse code at a speed of at least five words per minute.
  2. Copying correctly a two-minute message sent in Morse code at a minimum of five words per minute. Copying means writing the message down as it is received.
  3. Sending a 25-word written document in Morse code at a minimum of five words per minute.


The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.

Stock Interpreter Strips

The Scout Shops carry the following:

Language BSA Supply No. Strip
American Sign Language
18025
American Sign Language
Arabic
403
Arabic
Cantonese
404
Cantonese
Deutsch (German)
392
Deutsch (German)
Español (Spanish)
395
Español (Spanish)
Français (French)
391
Français (French)
Greek
405
Greek
Hebrew
18039
Hebrew
Italiano (Italian)
400
Italiano (Italian)
Japanese
406
Japanese
Korean
615007
Korean
Mandarin, Simplified
407
Mandarin, Simplified
Mandarin, Traditional
408
Mandarin, Traditional
Morse Code
615120
Morse Code
Native American
617588
Native American
Nederlands (Dutch)
393
Nederlands (Dutch)
Portugues (Portuguese)
401
Portugues (Portuguese)
Russian
402
Russian
Vietnamese
409
Vietnamese

Custom Interpreter Strips

The list of strips above are not 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.[1] However, spoof patches are not authorized for wear on the BSA uniform.


See: [[Talk:Interpreter Strip#Custom Interpreter Strips for discussion about this.]]

Uniform placement

Interpreter Strip uniform placement
Interpreter Strip uniform placement

The interpreter strip is affixed to the field uniform shirt immediately above the right pocket:

  • Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Cub Scout and Scout Leaders: immediately above the Boy Scouts of America or "BSA" strip or lettering
  • Venturers and Venturing Leaders: immediately above the Venturing, BSA strip or lettering
  • Sea Scouts and Sea Scout Leaders: immediately above the Sea Scouts, BSA strip or lettering on the "Official" Sea Scout uniform

Contrary to previous advice, more than one Interpreter Strip may not be worn on the uniform.[1]

Patch Placement and Uniform Inspection Sheets
Uniform Inspection Sheets
Insignia Guides
Uniform Guides

Related awards

Morse Code Interpreter Strip
  • Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip
  • Emergency Preparedness requirement:
    • 4 (Show three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft.)
  • Radio requirements:
    • 5 (Discuss how information is sent when using continuous wave (CW) Morse Code transmission)
    • 9.a.4. (Explain how you would make an emergency call on voice or Morse code.)
    • 9.a.6. (Using proper call signs, Q signals, and abbreviations, carry on a 10-minute real or simulated amateur radio contact using voice, Morse code, or digital mode.)
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes requirement:
    • 3.a (Describe what Morse code is and the various means by which it can be sent. Spell your first name using Morse code. Send or receive a message of six to 10 words using Morse code.)
American Sign Language Interpreter Strip
Native American Interpreter Strip
  • Indian Lore requirement:
    • 5.b. (Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meanings.)
    • 5.c. (Learn in an Indian language at least 25 common terms and their meanings.)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Show others you speak their language with a special patch for your uniform, January-February 2019 issue of Scouting magazine. Last retrieved on March 3, 2019. "You can earn more than one interpreter strip, but you can wear only one at a time. If an interpreter strip is not available in a particular language, they may be ordered through National Supply as long as at least two are ordered."

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