Merit Badge Counselors
* NOTE * We are in the process of moving to a new database which will be hosted on the Council servers. The existing database will no longer be updated so new names won't be added until the move to the new database is complete. You can still access the old database for names of merit badge counselors who were entered before the move began.
Accessing the Orem Merit Badge Counselor Database Online
Click here to login to the merit badge counselor database. You may want to add this link to your favorites.
Click here to have the current username and password emailed to you (or send an e-mail to LowryBYU@gmail.com). You should receive a response almost immediately. If you run into problems, send an e-mail to the district webmaster using the link at the bottom of the home page. Users of the system will be able to search for a counselor by badge, by sub-district (LDS Stake), or by unit (LDS Ward).
What is the process for becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?
Click here to download a copy of the New Adult Application, fill out and sign the application portion and sign the disclosure form. Turn in both forms to the council offices or to the District Executive in person, by mail, or by email. You can also turn it in at Roundtable (see step 5 below).
Click here to download a copy of the Merit Badge Counselor Application online. This information will be used to add you as a Merit Badge Counselor to the online database once your New Adult Applicaiton has been received, processed, and the background check has been completed by the council office.
Click here to completely read through the Merit Badge Counselor Instructor's Guide. This guide will help new and potential merit badge counselors through their responsibilities in the role and will give them an understanding of the methods of counseling Scouts. It is intended as a short orientation course for new merit badge counselors before they begin working with Scouts. It does NOT take the place of the official merit badge counselor training.
Click here to complete Youth Protection training online. This is a completely online training that will take about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. This is required for all counselors to complete every other year.
Attend a merit badge counselor training session. These are sometimes held at Roundtable or you can check with the scout office to find out where the next session will be held. Bring any forms or paperwork that needs to be turned in. You cannot be added to the online database until you have attended this training and turned in all of the necessary forms. NOTE: You only need to attend merit badge counselor training once. If you have been trained in the Orem, Utah Lake, Squaw Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, or other any other Scout district, that training is still valid and never expires. However, you do have to be registered each year (part of rechartering) and you have to take the Youth Protection training every other year. To see if your merit badge counselor training has been recorded, look for your name in the database and look for the green MBC date by your name. If it's red and doesn't have a date, then your training hasn't been recorded.
Once all the paperwork has been submitted, it generally takes about 2 weeks to be processed and you should be added to the online database within a month. If your name doesn't appear within that timeframe, you can contact the scout office. According to the directions that we have received from our District Key 3, you may begin signing merit badge cards 2 weeks after you have submitted the appropriate paperwork and have taken the appropriate classes. But please let us know if you don't appear in the database so we can make sure that our records are accurate.
Can I train other Merit Badge Counselors?
Once you have received Merit Badge Counselor training, you may train others if you feel confident to do so. It's always best to coordinate with a member of the district training committee, but it's not necessary. The following two documents can assist you in your training. The first is a slide presentation of the points that should be covered in the training. The second is an official Attendance Record which needs to be filled out and turned in to Jamie Bodle or Randy Keys at the scout office.
Merit Badge Counselor orientation slide presentation
Merit Badge Counselor presenter's notes (that go with the above slide presentation)
Official Training Attendance Record
Many thanks to Hiley Kitto who hosts the merit badge database and Ken Klingler along with many others who gather the information for the database.