The Process to become a Merit Badge Counselor
Scouts in Boy Scout Troops can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are 135 merit badges in 14 subject areas are:
- Arts and crafts
- Business and industry
- Natural science
- Personal development
- Physical science
- Public service
A good starting point with understanding the merit badge program is to view all the current merit badges offered They are available HERE.
Merit Badges are an important part of the advancement process in scouting. The “mechanics” of advancement is covered in section 4 of the 2015 Guide to Advancement. An understanding of the four steps in Boy Scout advancement is critical to the process.
- The Scout learns.
- The Scout is tested.
- The Scout is reviewed.
- The Scout is recognized
It is in going through the steps that a scout learns to master a skill. Merit badge counselors are directly involved in the first two steps. The merit badge counselor assesses the Scout's knowledge to ensure he has completed all the required work.
You can also get current updates, resources and news about merit badges HERE. To see the requirements, changes and general information for Merit Badge management use these sites:
The merit badge counselor assesses the Scout's knowledge to ensure he has completed all the required work—no more, and no less. You may not add to, delete from, or modify the merit badge requirements in any way.
The Application Process
A detail set of instructions can be found in HERE in the Bull Run District Merit Badge Instructions. The process to become a merit badge counselor in Bull Run District has three basic steps:
- Complete and submit an adult application. We have created a two page fill-inable version of the BSA Application. It can be download in two parts:
- Complete a Merit Badge Counselor Application (form 34405)
- Provide Proof that you have completed Youth Protection within the past two years. You can do this by logging into your My Scouting account, eLearning section and select "View Certificate", then print the certificate.
If you have not taken Youth Protection Training within the past 2 years, you can take it HERE.
Make sure you submit a copy of the certificate or pocket card with your application to be a Merit Badge Counselor.
Once all these forms are completed, you can submit your forms to Bill Mayo, Bull Run District Merit Badge Coordinator at any District Roundtable or by
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail to: 7384 Roxbury Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109
Certain Merit Badges have required third party qualifications that are need to be a Counselor in the topic. A list (08/2014) of all merit badges and the requirements for certain topics and the additional requirements of counselors can be downloaded from HERE.