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Title: Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Supplemental Adult Leader Training

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Supplemental
Adult Leader Training
  • Jayhawk Area Council

April 4, 2003
  • Identify the Requirements to be a Merit Badge
  • List the basic rules and restrictions.
  • State the purpose of the merit badge program for
  • Explain the basic procedures used in the merit
    badge program.
  • Explain the role of the merit badge counselor.
  • Use the buddy system for counseling.

  • Boy Scout Requirements Book 2003 (ww33215F)
  • Advancement Guidelines Advancement Committee
    Polices Procedures (ww33088D)
  • Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (ww34542)
  • Application for Merit Badge (ww34124A)
  • Boy Scout Handbook (ww33105)

Requirements for Merit Badge Counselors
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in the merit badge subject by
    vocation or avocation.
  • Be able to work with Scout-age boys.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and
    agree to comply with
  • the Statement of Principles (Scout Oath Law)
  • Statement of Religious Principles
  • Agree to comply with the BSA Youth Protection
  • Complete and submit the BSA Merit Badge
    Counselor Information Form indicating your Merit

As a Merit Badge Counselor you must agree to
  • Follow the requirements of the merit badge,
  • making no deletions or additions,
  • ensuring that the advancement standards are fair
    and uniform for all Scouts.
  • Follow the BSA Youth Protection Guidelines
  • have a Scout and his buddy present at all
    instructional sessions (or alternative).
  • Register with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Renew your registration annually if you plan to
    continue as a Merit Badge Counselor

  • Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Application
  • There is no registration fee for Merit Badge
  • The full membership fee is 10 per year

Merit Badge Purpose
  • A key part of the Boy Scout advancement plan.
  • One of the most unusual educational programs ever
  • An award granted in more than 100 subjects.
  • Earning merit badges gives a Scout added
  • Scout is introduced to new skills.

The Merit Badge Process
  • I. The Procedure
  • A. Selecting Merit Badges
  • The Scout selects merit badges from the Scout
    Handbook or from individual merit badge pamphlets
  • 2. The Scout indicates his interest in a merit
    badge to his scoutmaster, who
  • a) interviews him to determine interest,
    enthusiasm and preparedness
  • b) signs a merit badge application
  • c) gives the boy the name and phone number of a
    merit badge counselor

The Merit Badge Process
The Merit Badge Process
  • B. The Scout calls the counselor and makes an
  • C. The counselor sets a date, time and place for
    the meeting, making sure that the Youth
    Protection guidelines are followed. He or she
    suggests that the boy
  • 1. bring the merit badge pamphlet
  • 2. bring the signed application
  • 3. bring any projects already started
  • 4. bring any other indication of preparedness
  • 5. wear his uniform

The Merit Badge Process
  • D. At the first interview the counselor and
    Scout decide upon
  • 1. projects
  • 2. short-term and long-term goals with dates of
    completion for each
  • 3. dates, times and places for further
  • E. The number of sessions depends on the
    difficulty of the subject and the preparation and
    ability of the Scout. Youth Protection guidelines

The Merit Badge Process
  • When the Scout has finished all required projects
    and learned all relevant material, he arranges
    with the counselor for examination. Youth
    Protection guidelines continue to be followed.
  • At the testing
  • 1. each Scout is tested individually
  • 2. Scouts are expected to meet the requirements
    as stated in the handbook - no more and no less

The Merit Badge Process
Requirements as stated - no more and no less.
"show or demonstrate," "make," "list,"
"in the field," "collect, identify, and
label." Can not add requirements You can
suggest, encourage, and help the Scout to do
more, but you must not require it.
The Merit Badge Process
  • The Scout may have completed some requirements
    under the supervision of another counselor, but
    the counselor who certifies final completion must
    review these requirements to satisfy himself or
    herself that
  • - The Scout has indeed completed the project or
    learned the material
  • 4. When the counselor is so satisfied, he or she
    signs the merit badge form which the boy then
    gives to his scoutmaster.

The Merit Badge Process
  • The Troop records the merit badge and gives the
    Scout his copy of the blue card.
  • The Troop reports the advancement to the Council
    Service Center, obtains the cloth badge, record
    card and present them to the Scout.

Blue Cards
  • Scoutmaster gives blue card to Scout
  • Merit Badge Counselor signs blue card and keeps 1
    part giving 2 part back to Scout
  • Scout gives 2 parts to Troop which records the
    Merit Badge, keeps 1 part and gives 1 part back
    to the Scout
  • All parties keep their parts (at least until the
    Scout is 18)

The Merit Badge Process
  • Any registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout may
    work on any merit badge (approved by the
    Scoutmaster) and receive the award when
  • Merit Badges may be earned in any of the
    following situations
  • Individual with the Merit Badge Counselor
  • Troop Setting - Individual or Group
  • Merit Badge Classes, Universities, Odesseys
  • Scout Camp
  • Venturers (male) may work on merit badges for
    rank until their 18th birthday (if they were 1st
    Class before joining the Crew)

The Counselor's Role
  • 1. Make sure you have the most current merit
    badge pamphlet
  • 2. Set up an initial interview to determine the
  • a) preparedness
  • b) current knowledge of the subject
  • c) interest in the subject
  • 3. Short-term and long-term goals are set by the
    Scout with guidance from the counselor on the
    basis of the boy's progress in the above three
  • 4. Keep in contact with the Scout to determine
    his progress
  • 5. Help the Scout to evaluate his progress
  • 6. Encourage the Scout to ask for help and for
    more knowledge or skill in the subject.

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