In need of a Merit Badge Counselor?

You need to talk to your Scoutmaster!

You need to get a blue card from ScoutMaster/Adviser/Skipper to give to the counselor.


Please remember the buddy system and youth protection must be used when meeting with a counselor.

Never meet alone with a counselor.

Virtual meetings with a Merit Badge Counselor must include two adults:  the registered Merit Badge Counselor and another adult. 




Question: I am a scout looking for a Merit Badge Counselor, who do I contact?


Answer: Contact your Troop's Scoutmaster or Crew's Adviser or Advancement Chairman.  They can check in Scoutbook or in My.Scouting to obtain information on the most current list of Merit Badge Counselors.  (If they need additional information, they can contact the District's Merit Badge Dean.) 



Question: I am a scout and have started working on requirements for a merit badge but don't have a counselor yet.  What should I do?


Answer:   A few merit badges have certain restrictions, but otherwise any registered Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout, may work on any of them at any time. Before beginning to work with a merit badge counselor, however, the Scout is to have a discussion with the unit leader.  It is very important that Scouts understand that a counselor does not have to give you credit for work you have done prior to working with them.



Question:  Can I hand out the list of Merit Badge Counselors to my Scouts?


Answer:  Merit Badge Counselor lists are for unit leaders to use to identify Merit Badge Counselors for certain badges.  This list should not be freely floating around the unit.  Remember this list may have names addresses and phone numbers that should not be out for the public to see.


To see the list of all Merit Badges please click here.



Interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?

If you are interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor, please contact your Troop's Leadership or your District's Merit Badge Dean.  All Merit Badge Counselors must register with the District Merit Badge Dean. This includes those that want to only work with their unit.

All Applications should be turned into the District Merit Badge Dean.  The Merit Badge Dean will forward the Application to the District Serving Professional.

The upkeep of the Merit Badge Counselor list falls upon the both the District and Council.

Merit Badge Counselor is a District level position.  


BAC process for submission of Merit Badge Counselor Applications can be found here.




Question: Do I have to register if I only want to work with my unit?

Answer: Yes, you must register and take Youth Protection Training as this is a requirement Boy Scouts of America.  The reason for this is to protect not only our Scouts, but to protect everyone involved.


Question: How old do I need to be to be a Merit Badge Counselor?

Answer: You must be eighteen years of age to be a Merit Badge Counselor.


Question: Where do I take Youth Protection Training?

Answer: Youth Protection Training is taken on and click the Youth Protection Training link.  You need to go through such that all training you take is recorded.  Youth Protection Training must be good through the district/council recharter year.


Question: Are there any fees associated with being a Merit Badge Counselor?

Answer: There are no registration fees for being a Merit Badge Counselor. 


Question: Is there any training for being a Merit Badge Counselor?

Answer: Yes, you can take training at The course is under Program Specific Training / Scouts BSA / Scouts BSA – Merit Badge Counselor Training.


Question: Are there any special qualifications needed to be a Merit Badge Counselor?

Answer: Yes, the following merit badges have special qualifications or certifications for either the merit badge counselor or the supervisor of certain activities that may be involved: Archery, Climbing, Snow Sports, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Motor Boating, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Scuba Diving, Shotgun Shooting, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming, Water Sports, and Whitewater. Please refer to the Guide to Advancement for more details. Counselors and advancement administrators should consult the merit badge pamphlets for details and to maintain awareness of changes and updates as pamphlets are revised.



To see the BSA Guide for Merit Badge Counselors Page please click here

To see the BSA Guide to Merit Badge Counseling, please click here

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