Become a Merit Badge Counselor
A Merit Badge Counselor is a member of a local District and once registered may work with any Scout in the Country. To learn how to register as a Counselor and get started and Trained read the Guide to Merit Badge Counseling.
Registered Unit Scout Leaders who have completed Youth Protection within the last year may add a District Merit Badge Counselor position to their Registration by submitting a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form to their District Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator or the Council Registrar.
Merit Badge Counselors serve for the Period of July 1 to June 30 annually. Counselors may renew by keeping their Youth Protection Training current and replying to the renewal request they receive in May and June annually.
Finding a Merit Badge Counselor
Scouts BSA Members may go to their Unit Leader to find a Counselor and be approved to begin work on a Merit Badge. Counselors are listed in Scoutbook and Scoutbook manages a digital “Blue Card” where Individual Merit Badges requirements can be approved by Counselors connected to work with the Scout. More on Merit Badges and Scoutbook.