Merit Badge Counselors
The merit badge plan is a part of the advancement program of the Boy Scouts of America, and is one of the most unique educational tools ever devised.
The merit badge counselor is the key to success in the merit badge plan. They offer their time, experience, and knowledge to help guide Scouts in one or more of the merit badge subjects.
To learn more about the responsibilities of the merit badge counselor, click here.
Merit badge counselors must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. A counselor must have approval from the BSA local council, but there is no cost to serve. All volunteers are expected to complete BSA Youth Protection Training within 90 days of assuming a leadership position. Training is available online, here. Once approval is attained, merit badge counselors need to complete the Merit Badge Counselor Registration Information survey, located here.
A merit badge counselor may choose to make themselves available to any Scout in the council, or they may restrict their service to a specific troop. For a list of merit badge counselors who are available to any Scout, click here.