Become a Merit Badge Counselor

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A registered Merit Badge Counselor is a member of the local Council. Once registered, Counselors may work with any Scout worldwide. 

Registered Unit Scout Leaders who have current Youth Protection may add a Merit Badge Counselor position to their Registration by submitting a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form to the Council Registrar.

To register as a Merit Badge Counselor:
-Create a account and take the required Youth Protection Training.
-Complete a Paper/PDF Adult Application including background check consent form
-Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form
-Some Merit Badges require Instructor level certifications. These are detailed in Section 7 of the Guide to Advancement
-Submit $25 annual Merit Badge Counselor Registration fee.

Mail or deliver all applicaiton paperwork and fees together to:
Chief Seattle Council
3120 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144

-or- email all documents to and call (206) 725-5200 to pay fees with a bank card. 

Note, the $25 annual fee is for Merit Badge Counselors who are not registered in a unit position. Merit Badge Counselors not registered in a Unit Position are not allowed to attend overnight Scouting activities/events. 

Take Merit Badge Counselor Position Specific Training at

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. 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. Counselors may adjust their avaliability and listing prefrence from worldwide to a local unit in Scoutbook.