Merit Badge Counselor

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Scouts BSA advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a Scout’s curiosity about that particular topic. By volunteering as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Become a Merit Badge Counselor

If you are not yet a merit badge counselor, it is easy follow these simple steps:

  1. Take Youth Protection training at
  2. Register with the Boy Scouts of America,  
    • Pick up an application at the local Council Scout Service Center or download an application 
    • Complete the membership application (listing merit badge counselor as the postition)
  3. Complete the Scouts BSA - Merit Badge Counselor Training on
  4. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor information form indicating for what badges you would like to be a counselor . This form can be picked up at the Council Service Center or download the form here.
  5. Return the following forms to the Council Service Center or mail to 1200 East 5400 South Ogden, UT 84403

File Name Description
BSA Adult Application Download
Merit Badge Counselor Information Merit Badge Counselor Information Form Download