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Merit Badges

Merit Badges

Interested Volunteers

By becoming a Merit Badge Counselor, you can shape the future.  Share your interest and experience in up to eight of the many merit badges offered to our youth today.  The "Become A Merit Badge Counselor" attachment below provides more information. 

Ready to commit?  Here is what you need to do.

Complete the following training:

  • Youth Protection Training
    • The training can be taken at my.scouting.org or by attending a live class offered by Council from time to time
    • The training consists of four modules - all must be completed to obtain a Youth Protection Training certificate
  • Merit Badge Counselor Training
    • The training can be taken at my.scouting.org or by attending a live class offered by Council from time to time
    • The training consists of six modules: SCO_430, SCO_431, SCO_433, SCO_434, SCO_435, SCO_448 - all must be completed

Complete the following applications:

  • Adult Application
    • Use position code 42 - Merit Badge Counselor
    • Two pages of the Adult Application are necessary - the BSA Adult Application page and the Background Check Authorization page
    • The application only has to be signed by you, the applicant; a signature from the Charter Org Rep of your unit is not needed
  • Merit Badge Counselor Application
    • Please include your BSA# and your Youth Protection Training date
    • There is a limit of eight Merit Badges
    • Some Merit Badges require specific certification; you should review section 7.0.1.1 of the Guide to Advancement

The Youth Protection Training Certificate, Adult Application pages, and Merit Badge Counselor Application should be sent together to the District Executive for your area.  Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Want to make changes?

Adding or deleting a badge is easy. If you are already a merit badge counselor, all you need is the Merit Badge Counselor Application to add or delete a badge. Send this to the District Executive for your area.

Questions?

Send your unanswered questions to

Merit.Badge.Dean@GardenStateScouting.org

Current Merit Badge Counselors

All merit badge counselors should seek training.  It is important that they have a full understanding of their responsibilities and also of the recommended practices for quality counseling.

Merit Badge Counselor training is available online at my.scouting.org.

The Merit Badge program is covered under section 7 of the BSA Guide to AdvancementEvery Merit Badge Counselor should be familiar with BSA policies.

If you have a question, review the Merit Badge FAQs.  Many common questions are listed there.

Scoutmasters

It is the Scoutmaster's responsibility to ensure all Merit Badge Counselors you refer your Scouts to are registered and approved Merit Badge Counselors.  This includes individuals from your Troop even if they only counsel merit badges for Scouts from your Troop.

The password protected link below to merit badge counselors is your pathway to finding the many talented volunteers willing to help strengthen the program you deliver to our youth.  To gain access, contact your district executive for the password.

Need Help?

If you recently applied and are not on this list, you will be on the next list.

If you believe your name should be on the list and it is not, please contact your District Executive.

The merit badge counselor list contains only counselors willing to work with scouts from any unit.  Counselors willing to work with Scouts only from a specific unit are not listed.

Have A Concern?

Report questionable processes or procedures discovered in merit badge counseling by sending a completed form no. 512-800  to the council advancement committee at

Advancement@GardenStateScouting.org

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