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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 to council as a Merit Badge Counselor (Position code 42)
  • 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 District Merit Badge Dean
  • Attend Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training when offered, or view the presentation below, and complete and submit the “On My Honor” Training Update to the District Merit Badge Dean


Once all requirements are met, and confirmed at the District and Council levels, your name will be added to our District counselor roster so scouts will be able to find you and contact you when they wish to work on a badge. The roster is maintained by Sue Laren, District Merit Badge Dean, and published on the District website.

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (Powerpoint Slideshow)

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