Become a Merit Badge Counselor
Three (3) documents must be submitted in order to begin the process of becoming a Merit Badge Counselor. Registration as a Merit Badge Counselor (position code 42) does NOT require an application fee.
- Adult Application (even if you are already registered as a leader in a unit to become 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. Place "42" in the Position Code and "Merit Badge Counselor" in the Scouting position (description). If you fail to compete the application it WILL NOT be processed, you CANNOT become a Merit Badge Counselor unless the 2 application documents and 1 training document are complete, accurate and a background check is performed. This is a District level position, Unit Signatures are NOT required.
Please remember to 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 34405. 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 is available online http://myscouting.org. Volunteers MUST NOT work with boys in any capacity WITHOUT current/valid Youth Protection Training.
When you have completed all the documents, turn them into the Ephraim or Richfield Scout Stores or to the District Executive (Mark Baldwin 435-314-0201). All three documents are required to become a Merit Badge Counselor within the Arapeen District. Youth Protection Training is required every two years and Merit Badge Counselor Orientation is a one time requirement within first 90 days of approved registration. For any/all question(s) concerning this process you may contact the Arapeen District Program Chair: Steve Brandt (435-283-2283) email@example.com or the Arapeen District Advancement Chair: Jay Bosshardt (435-896-7252) JayB@redmondminerals.com.
If you already have a logon account with myscouting.org and are having trouble logging on (your email address on the account is no longer active, etc) you can email the national office (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting help with your account. You can also contact the National Office and ask for tech support for MyScouting at 972-580-2489. The main phone number for BSA is 972-580-2000. It is recommended you attempt email contact prior to calling.....
- All Merit Badge Counselors must be
- Qualified: "They must be men and women of good character, age 18 or older, and recognized as having the skills and education in the subjects for which they are to serve as merit badge counselors, as well as the ability to work with Scout-age boys. - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Registered: "as a merit badge counselor" - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Approved: "for each specific merit badge." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Trained: "in the aims of Scouting and in advancement procedures." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Each Scout is individually tested
- "In the end, the Scout must be reviewed individually by the counselor to ensure completion of the badges requirements." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 26
- "You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated -- no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements." - Boy Scout Requirements p.23
- "The Scout’s merit badge counselor teaches and tests on the requirements for merit badges. Advancement Policies #33088, p. 24
Each Scout demonstrates the skills and knowledge for each requirement. Many merit badge events use Merit Badge Worksheets to allow Merit Badge Counselors to offer group instruction but still test each Scout individually. The counselor can see who is understanding and who will need more time. Optional worksheets require the Scout to be an active listener, not just hearing words, but showing understanding of concepts.
Merit Badge Counselor Resources (BSA MBC Resource webpage)
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (BSA MBC Orientation PDF flyer)
Guide for Merit Badge Counselors (BSA MBC Guide webpage)
The Merit Badge Program (YouTube - Video is developed by BSA)
The Merit Badge Program (BSA webpage)
PowerPoint Presentation or Presenter's Notes PDF (The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling)
Merit Badge Worksheets (MeritBadge.org may be an unofficial BSA website but it is very informative and up-to-date)
Merit Badge Counselor Information (34405)
Guide To Advancement (Merit Badge Counselor Section 7)
Advancement News Archives (BSA webpage)