Semaphore Your Name

Scout Flag Signaling

The Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge has us signaling using semaphore. Semaphore is communication with 2 flags. The flags themselves are 18 inches square, divided diagonally into two parts, on of red and the other white; the staffs are 24 inches long. The farthest you may be able to communicate using semaphore is about a mile or shorter, depending on light and weather conditions. The use of this form of communication is not very common anymore with the technology we have now. Still, its a fun way to communicate and learn new scouting skills. Each flag positioning refers to a different letter, number, or command. See the below chart.

Semephore Chart

Req. 4a has us spelling our first name.

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