Historic Signaling Merit Badge Booklet Historic Signaling Merit Badge


Requirements were valid effective April 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 ONLY.

This Historic Merit Badge could be earned only during calendar year 2010, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
It was first offered in 1911 and discontinued in 1991.


BSA allowed additional time until March 31, 2011, for those at the local council who enter advancement based on forms submitted,
 or unit management software file uploads provided. It also applied to unit advancement processors using Internet Advancement.
This was not intended as an extension of time to earn the badges; only as additional time for data entry
. Troops could submit advancement reports for Historic Merit Badges earned by Scouts before December 31, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

BSA had a special program in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the BSA, which included the reintroduction, for 2010 only, of four Historical Merit Badges - Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling, and Tracking.

The basics of the 2010 Historical Merit Badge program included:

  • An overall goal of the program was for a majority of the BSA’s registered Boy Scouts to earn one or more of the merit badges during the centennial year, 2010.
  • The badges offered had a history that can be traced back to the origins of the BSA.
  • The original requirements were used, as well as supported by scanned pages of the early merit badge pamphlets so a Scout could view what a Scout 100 years ago used. Supporting the scanned pages of the original pamphlets were information guides for each merit badge that explained what a Scout of 1910 might have experienced, along with background information to assist a Scout in understanding what may be unfamiliar terms.
  • The contemporary merit badges closely resemble the original designs of their counterparts with the exception of the border, which is gold. The unique border will immediately identify them as 2010 historic merit badges.
  • The four historical merit badges could be used toward a Scout’s rank advancement if they were earned by December 31, 2010.
  • The effective date for earning these new merit badges was April 1, 2010, and requirements had to be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2010..
  • The BSA did not reprint the pamphlets for these merit badges. Reprints of the original merit badge pamphlets were posted to http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx

Download a pdf of the Original Merit Badge Book  

Download a pdf with the New Information for This Merit Badge

These are the original requirements for Signaling written in 1911.


To obtain a Merit Badge for Signaling, a Scout must:

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at a rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  3. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  4. Know the proper application of the International Morse Code and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  5. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

BSA Advancement ID#: 141
Requirements last updated in: 2010
Pamphlet Publication Number: 00000
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: NONE
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1940

Worksheets for use in working on these requirements: Format
Word Format PDF Format

Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Page updated on: May 08, 2022

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