Merit Badge Counselors

Troop 22 needs adults who are willing to share their expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby, a profession, or perhaps a life skill.  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 merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest..  You can register as a merit badge counselor for just Troop 22 or for the entire council.

What does it take to be a merit badge counselor?

  1. Register with BSA by completing an Adult Application (http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501A.pdf )  (NO CHARGE for Merit Badge Counselors).  You can turn this in a the Council Office or you can bring it to a Troop meeting.  We meet on Mondays 7-8:30 at Woodhaven Baptist Church.
  2. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Application. (http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf )  You can turn in with the Adult Application to the Council Office or you can bring it to a Troop meeting  - See below.
  3. Completed Youth Protection Training (you will need a Member ID from your registration to do this online).

What merit badges are there and what are the requirements?

A list of Merit Badges and requirements can be found at  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges This set of  web pages list the current requirements for each merit badge.   

How much time does it take?

This varies with each merit badge, but usually a Scout will contact you before they start on a merit badge and discuss the requirements.  They will then work on the merit badge which could take a week or three months.  In that time, they may contact you with questions.  When they are complete (or incrementally as they complete requirements) they may contact you either electronically or in person to go over their work. 

Must individuals who are serving as a merit badge counselor register as a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America?

Yes, an Adult Application must be completed for each position in which the individual wants to serve. The application allows only one position per form. For instance, an individual who wants to serve only as a merit badge counselor will need to complete only one application. However, a Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster who wants to serve as a merit badge counselor must complete two applications—one for the Scoutmaster position and one for the counselor position. 

Once the adult leader application has been submitted, how long does the approval process take?

The process usually takes from four to six weeks. 

What is the minimum age requirement for merit badge counselors?

An individual must be at least 18 years of age to serve as a merit badge counselor. 

Once a volunteer is registered and approved as a merit badge counselor, is that registration for life?

Approvals for merit badge counselors and all other adult volunteer positions are valid for one year only and must be renewed annually. 

Additional resource:

Guide for Merit Badge Counselors:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx   This is a web page that describes what it means to be a Merit Badge Counselor and how to do it.  This is especially helpful if you are not familiar with Boy Scouts.