My boys are both in the Cub Scouts which is a part of the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, myself, I’ve tried to encourage them and stay active with them in the program. Amber and I have been adult leaders now for a couple years serving in various functions as Den Leaders and assistants. In spite or working odd shifts I’ve still been able to participate in some of the activities.
Jamboree on the Air is probably the most popular Scouting activity that relates to ham radio. Every fall this event introduces many boys to the magic of wireless communication. In the past I’ve assisted other local hams in this endeavor, as well as teaching the Ham Radio merit badge.
One of the patches that Boy Scouts can earn is call an Interpreter Strip. To earn this patch the boys must demonstrate knowledge and the ability to communicate in another language. Upon completing of the requirements they get a patch with the name of the language spelled out in that language. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this year there will be new Morse Code Interpreter Strip. This is a patch that is available to adults and boys. I think I’ll have to see about the requirements so I can get one of these for my uniform!