The Boy Scouts of America have just issued a "Morse Code Interpreter Strip" an official patch from the BSA. This patch joins several other "languages" that are now in the Interpreter Strip category. Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Sign language and a few others are now joined with the Morse code as languages for the Scouts to use to earn this patch.
To earn this Interpreter patch, the Scouts have to carry on a 5 minutes conversation, translate 200 words from the written word, write a letter in the language and translate a 2 minute speech in the language. Morse code is a little different from these other languages so the BSA made some changes from this format for the Morse Code Interpreter Strip.
To earn the new Morse Code strip, the Scouts must carry on a 5 minute conversation @ 5 WPM. Copy correctly a 2 minute message sent @ 5 WPM and must send a 25 word document @ 5 WPM without any mistakes.
IMO, this is a great idea the BSA has come up with and this might be the time for the Amateur Radio community of CW OPs to do something positive to help in this worth while cause. I am working with the BSA here in the Houston area, trying to set up some HF stations for the Scouts to use while in their 1 week rotation at BSA camp grounds here in TX. I will be donating 4 hybrid HF radios along with some old straight keys, code practice oscillator, that is sitting here @ my QTH gathering dust and can be put to better use helping a new generation learn the code.
If other CW OPs have old unused CW equipment sitting around their QTHs, gathering dust, why not donate this equipment to the BSA in your area (so you can see the results, hopefully in person) and get young folks involved in your passion for CW/Amateur radio. Instead of just talking about the demise of CW, lets do something about it and help grow a new "crop" of CW Ops that will keep this great form of communication alive and well, for many years to come.
This invite does extend to the small percentage of professional high speed CW OPs, whose egos are way overblown and have become legends in their own minds, IMO, can possibly join us mortals in supporting this cause .