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Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout 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 young man’s curiosity about that particular topic.

By serving as a counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest. Who knows what career interest may be sparked or inspired by sharing your interests with a scout?

Requirements to be a counselor:

  • Complete and submit an Adult Leader Application for Merit Badge Counselor (Position code 42) to the Council office
  • Complete Youth Protection Training (Can be done online)
  • Complete and submit the Merit Badge Counselor Application, detailing which badge(s) you would like to counsel, and listing your qualifications, to the Council office
  • Attend Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training when offered

Once all requirements are met, and confirmed at the Council level, your name will be added to the list of Counselors, searchable at Questions? Email Sue Laren, Merit Badge Dean,

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (Powerpoint Slideshow)
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