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Become a Merit Badge Counselor

The qualifications of a merit badge counselor are:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have knowledge and proficiency in the subject through vocation, hobby, or special training,
  • Have knowledge of BSA Guidelines
  • Have an ability to work with Scouts
  • Take youth protection training
  • Be approved by the district advancement committee

To become a Merit Badge Counselor in the Cradle of Liberty Council, complete a BSA Adult Application and the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form. The MBC Information form can be downloaded, completed on the computer, saved, and then printed for submission. Hard copies of these forms are also available from your district advancement committee chair and the district executive, as well as both Council service centers.

Submit the BSA Adult Application and the MBC Information Form to your district merit badge counselor dean or to either Council service center.

THE BSA ADULT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED, EVEN IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN ANOTHER POSITION. Merit badge counselor is a district-level position and therefore requires a new registration. It is similar to being registered as a Webelos Den Leader and also an Assistant Scoutmaster – separate applications are required for both positions.

Some of the merit badges have specific certifications or other qualifications required to be a counselor; these are Canoeing, Climbing, Lifesaving, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Scuba Diving, Shotgun Shooting, Snow Sports, Swimming, Whitewater. There are other special requirements for swimming, watercraft actitivites, and CPR instruction.  See Section of the Guide to Advancement.

Additional Resources:
Boy Scout Requirements
(updated annually on January 1)
Guide to Advancement
, Section 7
Introduction to Merit Badges
Individual Merit Badge pamphlets
Guide for Merit Badge Counselors
BSA Adult Application
Merit Badge Counselor Information Form

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