Need a Merit Badge Counselor?
Scouts: When you need a merit badge counselor, ask your scoutmaster.
ScoutMasters: When you need a merit badge counselor, call the Westside Service Center at 310.839.9905.
Want to Be a Merit Badge Counselor?
Wondering what a merit badge counselor does? See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors.
To qualify as a merit badge counselor, a volunteer must:
- Register annually with the Boy Scouts of America.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be of good character.
- Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation, avocation, or special training.
- Be able to work with Scout-age youth.
- Be approved by the district/council advancement committee.
- Have completed Youth Protection Training within the last two years.
- Have completed Merit Badge Counselor Orientation training (D76).
The Boy Scouts of America requires every merit badge counselor take BSA Youth Protection training before working with youth. This program addresses strategies for personal safety awareness for youth as well as adults. BSA Youth Protection policies include
- Two-deep leadership
- No one-on-one contact
- Respecting privacy
- Reporting problems
The BSA Youth Protection guidelines have been adopted primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult volunteers and leaders from false accusations of abuse. BSA Youth Protection training is available online at http://myscouting.org.
- You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.
- To take Youth Protection training go to MyScouting.org and create an account. From the MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.
- Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
- When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number.
- After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.
See the district and council training schedules for information about Merit Badge Counselor Orientation training.
Merit Badge Counselor Resources
Introduction to Merit Badges (includes links to the requirements for all of the current merit badge subjects)