Become a Merit Badge Counselor

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, leather-work, 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 merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

If you are not yet a merit badge counselor, it is easy to become a volunteer. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America, through your District Advancement Chairman which is Jim McCarthy. This entails obtaining, completing, and turning in the “Adult Leader Application, a Merit Badge Counselor Application and a Youth Protection Certificate.” The following steps will put you through the process.

In order to register, merit badge counselors are expected to complete BSA Youth Protection. This training can be done through the BSA’s Online Learning Center. The Boy Scouts of America seeks to create a safe environment for young people and adult leaders to enjoy the program and related activities. BSA Youth Protection training helps preserve that environment.

Click here to begin the process of getting your Youth Protection Certificate (YPT). Please watch the Video

 Click here to review BSA presentation for merit badge counselor orientation training. This is a supplemental course which is
required to be considered a trained merit badge counselor.

 

Now that you have completed your (YPT) Youth Protection Training you will need an Adult Scout Leader form, your position code is #42 and to registrar; costs is no charge. Also complete a Merit Badge Counselor’s form and mark it Troop 2193 only. Both of these applications are available on the forms page or just below. After you have completed all three forms bring them to Jim McCarthy for submitting and council approval.

Click here for you BSA Adult Leader Application – Merit Badge Counselors is Code #42 and there is no charge for you service
BSA Adult Application (Fill-in)

Click here for the Adult Counselor Merit Badge Application form 
Adult Merit Badge Application 34405

Below is the link that will take you through the process of how to fill out the “Merit Badge” BLUE CARD.

Please click here for the Merit Badge Blue Card Process
and Your responsibilities as a counselor.

Please feel free to contact Jim McCarthy if you have any questions at eaglescoutmccarthy@earthlink.net  or call.