Interpreter Strip

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Interpreter Strip

Level:Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters

The Interpreter Strip is 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 made in the alphabet of the native language represented, not the English language translation. To accommodate the cryptic characters of various languages, the size of each interpreter strip for each language may vary slightly.
— BSA Insignia Guide, No. 33066


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 article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

View the change list (history) of these requirements. The text of these requirements may be locked. In that case, they can only be edited
by an administrator.
Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.

Stocked Interpreter Strips

The BSA Supply Division currently carries minimum stock for the following:

Language BSA Supply No.
American Sign Language
Dutch (Nederlands)
French (Français)
German (Deutsch)
Mandarin, Simplified
Mandarin, Traditional
Spanish (Español)

Custom Interpreter Strips

However, that does not, in any way, mean that these are 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.

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

Sign languages

Signing and American Sign Language are not the same thing; they are distinctly different forms of sign language for the hearing impaired. The Signing interpreter strip (BSA Supply No. 00390) is still listed in the Insignia Guide, but no longer listed at ScoutStuff.Org. You may still, however, be able to get it at a Scout shop, or order it through your Council Service Center or the BSA Supply Division (directly).


Immediately above (and flush with) the BSA strip (above right pocket); but, below the Venture strip(s), if applicable. For guidance, see:

You may wear more than one Interpreter Strip — one for each language which you qualify. Do not place multiple Interpreter Strips side-by-side; place one immediately above the other.

Spoof patches are not authorized for wear on the BSA uniform.

See also

Interpreter Strips at ScoutStuff.Org — Retrieved: December 11, 2010

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