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Merit Badge Counselors 

for

Western Shore District

 

BSA has just released a New Merit Badge Counselor form in a fillable PDF format or you can locate it at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf this form needs to be attached to adult application even if you are already registered. For information on new merit badges and major updates coming soon check out: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/merit-badge-calendar/

 

Please check it out and if you have new counselors please have them fill out and submit the new form to Robbie Miller. If you have any questions contact her at rmiller49@perrydmiller.net

 

 

District approved Merit Badge Counselor by name

District approved Merit Badge Counselor by Merit Badge

 

Note: The 2 above listed documents are password protected, See your unit commissioner or any District member if you need the password.  

 

 

Special qualifications or certifications 

 

The following merit badges have special qualifications or certifications for either the merit badge counselor
or the supervisor of certain activities that may be involved. Counselors and advancement administrators
should consult the merit badge pamphlets for details and to maintain awareness of changes and
updates as pamphlets are revised. 

 

 

Canoeing

Canoeing merit badge counselors must have either BSA Aquatics Instructor or Canoeing Instructor certification from the American Canoe Association, American Red Cross, or equivalent; OR local councils may approve individuals previously certified as such, or trained by an instructor so qualified. 

 

Climbing
All climbing, belaying, and rappelling exercises and activities must be supervised by a qualified rock climbing instructor who is a mature and conscientious adult at least 21 years old, and who is trained in BSA Climb On Safely and understands the risks inherent to these activities. Training as BSA climbing director or instructor is highly recommended. Someone with certification in First Aid/CPR/AED from the American Red Cross (or equivalent) must be present at these activities. 

 

Lifesaving
Demonstrations or activities in or on the water must be supervised by an adult at least 21 years old with certification in Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED or equivalent, and also as BSA Lifeguard or Aquatics Instructor or equivalent. 

 

Rifle Shooting
The merit badge counselor must take responsibility to assure that all instruction involving any handling of firearms or live ammunition must be supervised by a certified BSA National Camping School (NCS) shooting sports director, or National Rifle Association (NRA) Rifle Shooting Instructor or Coach. That involving muzzleloaders must be supervised by an NCS shooting sports director or NRA/National Muzzleloader Rifle Association (NMLRA)–certified muzzleloader firearms instructor. Shooting must be supervised by an NRA-certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). If instruction and shooting are to occur at the same time, both the RSO and qualified instructor must be present. The supervisor and instructor may not be  the same person. Note that commercial shooting ranges may provide RSOs. See the Guide to Safe Scouting and the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 30931, for further details on shooting sports. 

 

Rowing
Rowing merit badge counselors must have either BSA Aquatics Instructor certification or equivalent; OR local councils may approve individuals previously certified as such, or trained by an instructor so qualified. 

 

Scuba Diving
All phases of scuba instruction—classroom,  pool, and open-water training—are limited to instructors trained and sanctioned by one of the following agencies: Professional Association of Diving Instructors, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Scuba Schools International, International Diving Educators Association, Professional Diving Instructors Corporation, or Scuba Diving International, or be a member of the World Recreational Scuba Training  council. 

 

Shotgun Shooting
The merit badge counselor must take responsibility to assure that all instruction involving  any handling of firearms or live ammunition must be supervised by a certified NCS shooting sports director  or NRA Shotgun Instructor or Coach. That involving muzzle-loading shotguns must be supervised by an NCS shooting sports director or NRA/NMLRA certified muzzle-loading shotgun instructor. Shooting must be supervised by an NRA-certified Range Safety Officer.  If instruction and shooting are to occur at the same time, both the RSO and qualified instructor must be present. They may not be the same person. Note that commercial shooting ranges may provide RSOs. See the Guide to Safe  Scouting and the BSA National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 30931, for further details on shooting sports. 

 

Snow Sports
Activities in the field must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult 21 years or older who is committed to compliance with BSA Winter Sports Safety as defined in the Guide to Safe Scouting. 

 

Swimming
Demonstrations or activities in or on the water must be conducted according to BSA Safe Swim Defense and BSA Safety Afloat. 

 

Whitewater
Whitewater merit badge counselors must be designated by the local council, and certified as whitewater canoeing or kayaking instructors by the American Canoe Association or have equivalent certification, training, or expertise.

 

 

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