Merit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselor List


The Baltimore Area Council has delegated the responsibility of approving and maintaining a list of current merit badge counselors to the districts. A merit badge counselor is a District position and not a Troop position and you must submit a new adult application even if already registered in another capacity within scouting.


New Adult Counselors:

  1. Complete the BSA Adult application. Use position code 42 Merit Badge Counselor.
  2. Complete the ongoing background check consent form.
  3. Complete YPT in and then print out a copy of your completion certificate.
  4. Complete Merit Badge Counselor training on
  5. Complete form 34405 Merit Badge Counselor Information.
  6. Turn in the paperwork to the Dean of Merit Badges --- Do not send me partial applications.
  7. You should receive an email from Scoutbook when you are added.


Renewing Adult Counselors:

  1. Complete form 34405 Merit Badge Counselor Information.
  2. Complete YPT then print out a copy of your completion certificate. YPT must be valid through July 1st of the following year to recharter in the Baltimore Area Council
  3. Turn in the paperwork to the Dean of Merit Badges
  4. You should receive an email from Scoutbook with an update to your list of merit badges.


  1. Turn in all the paperwork

Please mail all Merit Badge Counselor Registration forms, with BSA Adult Applications when required, and copies of Youth Protection Training certificate or training card directly to the following address:

All applications must be approved and processed at the district level before being processed at the council level.

Please DO NOT take a completed merit badge counselor application package directly to the council office. Since the council has delegated the responsibility of maintaining a list of counselors to the districts, they are the ones who keep track of what counselors are counseling what merit badges. If you take applications directly to the BAC, the District will have no knowledge of that person desiring to serve as a merit badge counselor.


Counselor Registration Considerations

  • There is no fee for registering as a merit badge counselor even if you are only registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor.
  • You must be current with Youth Protection Training (YPT) to work with scouts and this training must be completed every two (2) years. The Council and District may track this requirement but it is your responsibility to remain current. Failure to keep up to date on YPT will also result in being dropped from the list. If a MBC is dropped from the council/district MBC list, the dropped counselor will have to re-register as a new counselor again.
  • Several merit badges involve activities for which the Boy Scouts have implemented strategies to improve safety, improve the Scouts' experience, and manage risk. These activities often require supervision with specialized qualifications and certifications. Merit Badge counselors who do not meet the specific requirements may use the services of others who do. See the Guide to Advancement paragraph for these merit badges and their requirements.
  • Consider not limiting yourself to only those scouts in your troop. Many of the less popular merit badges may not have a counselor in their troop and you could help scouts pursue an interest in an area with which you have some expertise.

Useful Links for Merit Badge Counselors


Annual Renewal of Merit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselors must confirm their registration annually. Districts should periodically send out a list of MBCs to their units asking for an update. The unit list is the best and easiest method for Districts to accomplish updates.

Likewise, the unit MBC coordinator should send a list of the unit's MBCs to the District MBC Dean to confirm annual rollover of registration for that unit. Persons not on the list submitted by the Merit Badge Dean may be automatically dropped.

Unaffiliated MBCs (not affiliated with units) are responsible for advising the District MBC Dean and confirming their registration annually. Failure to confirm this information will result in being dropped from the Merit Badge Counselor list. If a MBC who was dropped wishes to continue as a MBC he/she must register as a new MBC again using the forms and processes listed above.



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