Become a Merit Badge Counselor
There are 3 documents that must be submitted to become a Merit Badge Counselor.
- Adult Application (even if you are already registered as a leader in you unit to becoming a merit badge counselor requires a separate or new application). The "Signature of unit committee chairman" or "Signature of chartered organization head or representative" are NOT required....however all other signatures and information is, including your Social Security Number. You have two (2) signature blocks to sign.
Please remember to also sign the page that asks:
My signature below indicates that I have read, understand, and accept the accompanying disclosures and acknowledgments.
- Merit Badge Counselor Information form. Please include all information asked for on this form as well.
- A copy or proof of your current Youth Protection Training certificate. Youth Protection Training can be taken online at https://myscouting.scouting.org/Pages/eLearning.aspx.
When you have completed all the documents, turn the documents into the Ephraim or Richfield Scout Store or to the District Executive (Mark Baldwin 435-314-0201).
You will be contacted by a member of the Arapeen District Advancement Committee when your application has been approved. Until then, do not teach merit badge classes with youth in the district. While you are waiting for approval, read through the Merit Badge Counselor Orientation. This guide will help you understand your responsibilities in the role of a merit badge counselor. It will give you an understanding of the methods of counseling Scouts. It is intended as a short orientation course to new merit badge counselors before you begin working with Scouts.
Once you have been contacted by the District Advancement Committee, your name will be added to the district merit badge counselor list on this website. This is the ONLY official list of approved Merit Badge Counselor in the District. If your name is not on this list, you should NOT meet with scouts.
Recruiting and Training Merit Badge Counselors
The essence of quality Scouting is having sufficient qualified adult leaders. Nowhere does this become more apparent than in the recruitment of adults to serve as merit badge counselors. Because counselors must be knowledgeable in specialized areas as well as able to have a good rapport with boys under 18, the district advancement committee has a challenging task in recruiting, training, and maintaining merit badge counselors, and in helping units to do the same.
All counselors must have an understanding of their role in advancement. The district advancement committee makes the appropriate counseling material available to counselors and provides the essential training and orientation sessions to counselors recruited by units and districts.
Merit Badge Counselor Resources
A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling
Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
Guide for Merit Badge Counselors
The Merit Badge Program
The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling PowerPoint Presentation or Presenter's Notes PDF
Merit Badge Worksheets (unofficial)