To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements for one of the following alternatives:

Alternative A

Complete the following in any foreign language:
  1. Carry on a simple conversation for about ten minutes.
  2. Write a letter of around 150 words.
  3. After a few minutes of study, give a translation of a paragraph of basic text.
  4. Act as an interpreter for a visitor who does not speak in your native language.
  5. Communicate with a person who does not speak your native language.

Alternative B

Complete the following requirements in a recognised sign language such as Makaton or BSL.
  1. Carry out a simple conversation for about ten minutes.
  2. Use sign language to describe a Scouting experience to another person.
  3. Act as a translator for a short conversation between a sign language user and someone with no sign language experience.
  4. Invite a sign language user to talk to the Troop about what it is like to have hearing or speech impediments. Help by acting as translator for them during their visit.


If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.