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How to become a Merit Badge Counselor

A merit badge counselor serves as both a teacher and mentor as Scouts work on a merit badge. In one way, he or she is an examiner. In a larger sense, the counselor uses this opportunity for coaching – helping Scouts overcome the hurdles of the different requirements and making Scouts aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from their knowledge and experience. Because of these unique opportunities to serve Scouts, volunteering as a merit badge counselor is one of the most gratifying experiences for adults in Scouting today.

Steps in Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor

  1. READ THIS FIRST: Merit Badge Counselor Registration Process
  2. Fully fill out an adult application. For position enter code 42. You are the only one who needs to sign it. Don’t forget to sign the disclosure authorization form.
  3. Read about the special requirements for counseling certain merit badges.
  4. Fill out the Merit Badge Counselor Information sheet which tells us which badges you would like to counsel.
  5. Complete prerequisite training and print certificates once completed: Youth Protection Training and Merit Badge Counselor Training.
How to do your Training
  • Log into
  • Click on the menu in the upper left
  • Click on My Training
  • Click on Scouts BSA under Training Courses by Program
  • Click on Merit Badge Counselor and take the training
  • All modules of the training must be completed in order to be certified, but the modules may be completed in sections at your leisure. The entire MBC training is about 34 minutes in length, and the individual modules vary from 5-12 minutes each.

6. Send your volunteer application, MBC information sheet, YPT, and MBC training certificates, and any additional documents needed for specific merit badges in one package to Please do not send in incomplete forms or packets.

Scoutbook for Merit Badge Counselors

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