MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS
Attention Merit Badge Counselors
Want to control your Merit Badge Counselor status and visibility? You are able to manage that on your own through ScoutBook! Here are the steps to follow:
- Log into ScoutBook (scoutbook.scouting.org) using your my.scouting.org credentials.
- Click on My Account.
- Click on My Positions.
- Under My Current Positions & Roles, click on Merit Badge Counselor.
- Here you can select your availability as well as what list you prefer to be on. You can modify this at anytime based on your personal schedule.
Starting a new badge? Trying to finish one up? Click here for information on how to find your adult partner, the Merit Badge Counselor, to help guide you towards completion of your next merit badge.
CITIZENSHIP IN SOCIETY MERIT BADGE
We are excited to announce more details concerning the Citizenship in Society Merit Badge as well as the process to get registered as a counselor!
How to sign up to be a counselor for the Citizenship in Society merit badge:
- Present this training as an objective facilitator
- Complete Merit Badge Counselor Position Specific Training and present completion certificate.
- Complete Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scouting Volunteer Training and present completion certificate.
- Read, understand and agree to abide by the delivery method outlined in the Citizenship in Society Counselor Guide (including viewing videos on page 28 and on webpage) and the badge requirements.
Turn in completed Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Information Sheet to Council. Please allow 4 weeks to process.
*If you are a new merit badge counselor, you will need to also turn in a new adult application, position code 42.
CITIZENSHIP IN SOCIETY MERIT BADGE RESOURCES
CITIZENSHIP IN SOCIETY MERIT BADGE VIDEOS
INFORMATION ON MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS
Adult volunteers serving as Merit Badge Counselors must be registered as Merit Badge Counselors with the Boy Scouts of America. They must be men and women of good character, age 18 or older, and recognized as having the skills and knowledge of the Merit Badge subject matter, as well as, the ability to work with youth of Boy Scout age. Merit Badge Counselors are not registered to a Troop, but instead with their District.
Here are the steps to becoming a Merit Badge Counselor:
- Complete the BSA Adult Registration Form (No. 524-501A), available from the Scout Achievement Center. For the position code, use position “42.” No payment is required for Merit Badge Counselor registration.
- Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form. Note that some merit badges require additional certification or documentation, as explained on the form.
- Complete Youth Protection Training, if you have not been through the training within the last two years. Print a copy of your completion certificate.
- Collect the above paperwork and submit it to your District Advancement Chairman. Click here if you need to find which district you are in. If you don’t know who your District Advancement Chairman is, please contact your District Executive.
- Your registration and forms will be checked for errors and a background check will be processed.
- After approval, the Merit Badge Counselor roster in ScoutBook will be updated with your information and the badges you have been approved to counsel.
There is no restriction or limit on the number of Merit Badges an individual may be approved to counsel, however, there will be some review of the appropriateness of badges an applicant has requested to counsel.
All Merit Badge Counselors must be trained (Merit Badge Counselor Orientation) in the aims of Boy Scouting, advancement procedures and complete Youth Protection on-line training bi-annually. Guide to Merit Badge Counseling (Item # 34532) and Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Circular (Item # 34542) are valuable resources provided by the District or Council.
Merit Badge Counselors may indicate their availability to counsel primarily within a Troop or a district in ScoutBook. They may counsel any youth member, including their own son, ward or relative.
If you believe you should already be registered as a Merit Badge Counselor, please take a look at the latest roster to make sure you are listed correctly. Click here to go to the Merit Badge Counselor roster page and find instructions on how to view the list.
If you find you are not on the list, your information is incorrect, or you know longer wish to be a Merit Badge Counselor, please contact Michelle Byrne, Program Director for the Dan Beard Council, at (513) 577-7686 or email.
The Council Advancement Committee has prepared a flowchart to help illustrate the process of becoming or renewing your Merit Badge Counselor registration.
Questions? Please contact Michelle Byrne, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 577-7686.