Re: Merit Badge Requirements
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 23:45:15 -0400
Here's a perfect example of why you should ALWAYS check the CURRENT Boy
Scout Requirements Book, or the on line requirements at
before counseling or working on a Merit badge:
Someone wrote me:
> I currently teach the Radio Merit Badge using the Amateur Radio
> Option. One of the requirements is for the Scouts to participate
> in 2 10 minute Morse Code contacts. Needless to say, the Scouts
> are extremely bored listening to dits and dahs they do not understand.
I wrote back to him as follows:
It sounds like you're not using the current requirements.
They were changed on 9/1/95, and again on 1/1/98, to allow Morse or
voice. The current requirement reads:
(2) Carry on a 10 minute real or simulated radio
contact using voice or Morse Code; use proper
call signs, Q signals, and abbreviations.
(Licensed ham radio operators may substitute
five QSL cards as evidence of contacts with
amateur radio operators from at least three
different call districts.)
The Current edition of the Radio MB Booklet was published in 1996.
Are you using an older booklet?
Even if you have the current booklet, since the requirements can change
without the BSA publishing a new MB Booklet, you should always check our
website or the current edition of the Boy Scout Requirements Book. A
new edition is published each year.
The complete current Radio requirements can be found at:
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office, Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
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