Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Semaphore and Morse code
Re: Semaphore and Morse code
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 20:55:46 -0700
I pull out semaphore every couple of years, usually at a campfire. I tell the
scouts if you can tell time you can do semaphore. I usually only do a - g unless
they are interested in doing more. It can take about an hour before they can
receive well enough to "pass off" the old first class requirement: that is the
receiving portion of the requirement. For some reason many people thought this
was a lot harder to do than sending a message.
I only show them several times a-g. I then would skip around until they
could very easily recognize these 7 letters. . Then starts the fun. Make up a
lot of 3- letter words with these same letters a-g. ie cab, ace, bad, bag. See
who can reply first with the correct word. Then go to 4 -7 letter words with
a-g letters. ie. dead, deed, babe, badge, baggage.
Then let them take over. The winner gets his turn to send. Believe it or
not some want to learn the rest of the alphabet.
Bill Cooper SM Troop 237
Cobraasm Joe wrote:
> Hello to the list. I was thinking of introducing some of our Scouts to the
> lost art of semaphore and morse code. Does anyone out there have any
> suggestions as to how to make this fun and exciting. How have you done it in
> the past in your troop?
> Any help would be appreciated.