Scouts Put a New Twist on an Old Favorite

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One Boy Scout is sending a message and another is taking the reply in this photo from 1956. (photo via Harry Goodwin/The Washington Post)

What do hipster beards, vinyl records, and semaphore have in common? They are all in the BSA’s newest merit badge pamphlet! Just kidding. Only the last one is. But what they really have in common is that these throwbacks have made a comeback. With the new release of the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge, Scouts can communicate via morse code, semaphore, and emojis – and that’s just skimming the surface.

Check out this article from the Washington Post to see how the BSA’s newest merit badge release is keeping up with the times.


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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at