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Title: Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation
Welcome and Thanks!
  • You are one of the many dedicated adults who
    support the Scouting program by sharing your
    knowledge, experience, and interests with our
    youth membership!
  • This orientation will help you understand your
    role as a Merit Badge Counselor, what is expected
    of you and the Scout, the guidelines you must
    follow, and the paperwork.
  • Many of our youth members develop lifelong
    interests as a result of their experiences with
    the merit badge program!
  • Lets begin!

What is a Merit Badge?
  • Simply put a merit badge is an Award
  • presented to a Scout
  • who completes the requirements
  • for one of the merit badge subjects!

What is the Merit Badge Program?
  • One part of the Boy Scout Advancement Plan which
    also includes requirements for earning the
    Scouting ranks.
  • Merit Badge Counselors support Scoutmasters
    Assistant Scoutmasters by maintaining consistency
    in the merit badge program and certifying that
    the Scout completed the requirements exactly as
  • A unique program that exposes Scouts to a variety
    of career and interest areas.

Subject Matter Areas
  • 100 subjects are represented by individual
    merit badges.
  • Some of these are aquatics vocational fields
    craftwork outdoor skills cultural self
    improvement career fields Americana and more.
  • The Eagle Scout Rank has a set of required merit
    badges that must be completed in order to earn
    the rank.

How to Sign-up?
  • Pick merit badges that match your interests,
    knowledge and experience.
  • Complete a Merit Badge Counselor Application (see
    the Forms section of
  • Complete a BSA Adult Registration (even if you
    are already registered with a unit) (see the
    Forms section of
  • Submit both to the Council Servicenter via your
    Troop, District, or the Council Office.
  • You will be contacted by a District Dean of Merit
    Badge Counselors who will ask you about your
    qualifications and approve your application (or
    suggest otherwise).

MoreHow to Sign-up
  • There is no limit to the number of MBs you may
    counsel but 5 is a recommended limit.
  • No exclusions meaning you may counsel any
    Scout regardless of your relationship to that
  • Suggestion Take Youth Protection Training
  • Online , or
  • Instructor Led (see the council calendar).
  • The Scoutmaster of the Troop is automatically
    signed up for camping cooking hiking and,

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the merit badge
    subject by vocation or hobby or skill or
  • Be able to work with Scout age boys.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America.

What Do I Agree to Do?
  • Follow the Merit Badges requirements exactly as
    stated with no additions or deletions (or
  • Be sure the Scout has a Buddy or other Adult
    present (Scouts Parent, Counselors Spouse) as
    required by Youth Protection Guidelines.
  • Renew your registration annually (if you plan to
  • Meet with the Scout one or more times.

MoreWhat Do I agree to Do?
  • Assist the Scout as he plans projects
  • Coach the Scout.
  • Certify when the Scout has met all of the
  • Complete the Merit Badge Application (blue
  • Keep the Counselors section.
  • Give the other 2 sections to the Scout.
  • Congratulate him on a job well done!

Keep Current
  • Have your own copy of the pamphlet for each
    Merit Badge you counsel.
  • Be familiar with the contents of the pamphlets.
  • Keep up with pamphlet revisions
  • Refer to the Boy Scouts Requirements book for
    the current year.
  • The inside back cover of any MB Pamphlet
    published in the current year lists the revision
    dates for all Merit Badges.

The Scouts Responsibilities
  • Obtain a Merit Badge Application (blue card)
    signed by his Scoutmaster.
  • Contact you.
  • Bring a Buddy, an Adult, or arrange for someone
    else to be present at all meetings with you.
  • Meet the requirements exactly as stated.
  • Submit the completed Merit Badge Application
    (blue card) to his Scoutmaster.

You Cannot Require Morebut you may
  • Share your knowledge beyond the requirements,
  • Or your job knowledge,
  • Or career information,
  • Or educational requirements,
  • But
  • None of this is required of the Scout!
  • He does not have to show competence beyond the
    stated requirements!

Where Do You Meet?
  • You may choose to meet
  • at your Place of Work,
  • or in your Home,
  • or in the Field,
  • at a Troop Location,
  • in a School
  • or, anywhere appropriate.

How Many Scouts at a Time?
  • You may Teach or Instruct in Groups.
  • But you must certify requirements
  • A Scout cannot qualify simply by being a member
    of a group.

  • What if a Scout has completed some requirements
    already and comes to me to finish the merit
  • This is sometimes called completing a partial!
  • A Partial is a merit badge that is completed
    by more than one counselor.
  • A Partial occurs for a variety of reasons
    depending upon where the merit badge was started
  • Summer camp
  • Troop programs
  • Merit Badge University
  • Etc.

  • Your role is to Satisfy yourself that all of the
    requirements have been met
  • You must determine if you will accept the work
    previously completed.
  • Question the Scout about items which have been
    signed off by other counselors.
  • It is not necessary for the Scout to show you
    completed projects or demonstrations which have
    been previously checked off but you must be
    satisfied that the requirements were completed
    exactly as stated.
  • You may re-certify where you deem appropriate.
  • A Scout is trustworthy, but he must convince
    you that he has mastered the subject matter.

  • How long is a Partial good?
  • The answer is quite simple
  • As long as the Scout is not yet 18 years old
    and can satisfy the counselor he is
    knowledgeable about the subject.
  • There are no arbitrary time limits such as 2

  • Welcome the Scout (and his buddy) and put them
    at ease.
  • Carefully review the requirements with the Scout
    (have him read them to you?).
  • Be sure he understands each requirement and what
    is required.
  • Keep the session interesting and fun.
  • Help him to acquire the knowledge or skill to
    complete the badge (he does the work).
  • Congratulate him along the way and at the end.

Thank You!
  • Enjoy your role and thank you for supporting
    Scouts as they grow and learn!

  • email
  • Or call
  • 241-8560