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Are you interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?
Step 1 - BSA Application Form
(The multi-part paper form is best but you can also download it here if you are in a hurry).
Complete BSA Application (English)
Complete BSA Application (Spanish)
Step 2 - Review a list of all Merit Badges
Step 3 - Prepare to mentorResearch Badge Requirements
Download Worksheet for each Badge
Step 4 - Complete form for each badge
(Select which Badge you can help with)
Complete Counselor Sign-up Form
Step 5 - Mail completed forms
(Reminder, completed forms must be signed as required by individual and unit representatives prior to submission to ensure timely processing).
1. BSA Adult Volunteer application form
(Position Code 42 Merit Badge Counselor)
2. Counselor Sign-up form
BSA - Merit Badge Counselor Admin
c/o Pete Kouba
148 Little Egypt Rd.
Elkton, MD 21921
If you have questions
Counselors will be contacted regarding your counselor qualifications, and then your application will be processed by the District for a background check. Once completed, your name and contact information will be added to the Counselor Search Directory. Thank you for volunteering to be a counselor!
What Is a Merit Badge Counselor?
A merit badge counselor is both a teacher and a mentor to the Scout as he works on the merit badge. Merit badge counselors should be satisfied that each Scout under their guidance meets all the requirements set forth for the merit badge.
In this sense, a merit badge counselor is an examiner. In a larger sense, the real opportunity for a counselor lies in coaching helping Scouts over the different hurdles of the requirements and helping make them aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from their knowledge and experience.
The merit badge counselor may help a Scout by providing instruction and guidance on the subject matter. However, the counselor must not complete the Scouts work on the requirements.
The counselor needs to test the Scout to ensure that he has completed all the required work but may not modify the merit badge requirements in the process. This standard ensures that the
advancement requirements are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training
Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
Merit Badge Counselor Instructor Guide