Merit Badges

Welcome to the Chain Bridge District Merit Badge Webpage. Earning a merit badge can be an interesting, challenging and educational experience. BSA provides a short introduction to the merit badge process and the requirements to earn over 130 merit badges:

Introduction to Merit Badges

Scoutmasters and unit merit badge coordinators have access to a list of registered merit badge counselors in the Chain Bridge District.  The list may be downloaded, but a password is required:  Chain Bridge District Merit Badge Counselor List UPDATED 08-08-2022

Sue Neilson is the Chain Bridge District Merit Badge Dean.

Interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?

More merit badge counselors are needed. If you have a special area of knowledge and you like to work with Scouts, please consider registering to be a Chain Bridge District Merit Badge Counselor. The process is easy and requires four steps as explained below.

#1. Complete the Online Youth Protection Training (YPT) for Boy Scouts

To become a merit badge counselor, a volunteer must complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) which can be found on the MyScouting website – CLICK HERE. Once complete, you will be offered the opportunity to print a completion certificate. Please print it as you must submit this proof of completion with your application to be a merit badge counselor. It is also a good idea to save a copy to your desktop.

#2. Complete the BSA Adult Application Form

If you are not already registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with Chain Bridge District, you must complete and submit a full standard BSA  Adult Application Form:

Standard Adult Application – CLICK HERE

The Scouting Position Title should be “Merit Badge Counselor”, and the Position Code should be entered as “42”.

Note that the entire application must be filled in, signed, and dated, including the disclosure/authorization page, which is located after the application form.

#3. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form

This form is used by the District to know which merit badges you want to teach, to show why you are qualified to teach the listed merit badges, and to approve your request.

Merit Badge Counselor Information – CLICK HERE

Qualifications for Counselors from BSA Advancement Guide – CLICK HERE

Before filling it out, read both sides of the form. If you have any questions or need assistance, please talk with your unit MB coordinator, the District MB Dean, or the District Advancement Chair. If you plan to only counsel within your unit, remember to check the “Only with Scouts in these units (indicate whether troop, team, or crew)” and fill in your unit number. If you wish to counsel Scouts outside the unit please check the “All Scouts in these districts” and fill in the District(s). MBCs are authorized to counsel anywhere within the NCAC.

#4. Turn in all the paperwork

Turn in the completed forms to your unit merit badge coordinator who will submit the documents to Sue Neilson, the Chain Bridge District Merit Badge Dean. Her mailing address is 8434 Sparger Street, McLean, VA 22102. Unaffiliated Merit Badge Counselors (not affiliated with units) should submit their documents directly to the Merit Badge Dean. Please DO NOT take a completed merit badge counselor application package directly to the NCAC council office.

Counselor Registration Considerations

  • There is no fee for registering as a merit badge counselor even if you are only registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor.
  • You must be current with Youth Protection Training (YPT) to work with scouts and this training must be completed every two (2) years. The Council and District may track this requirement but it is your responsibility to remain current. Failure to keep up to date on YPT will also result in being dropped from the list. If a MBC is dropped from the council/district MBC list the dropped counselor will have to re-register as a new counselor again.
  • Several merit badges involve activities for which the Boy Scouts have implemented strategies to improve safety, improve the Scouts’ experience, and manage risk. These activities often require supervision with specialized qualifications and certifications. Merit Badge counselors who do not meet the specific requirements may use the services of others who do. See the Guide to Advancement paragraph for these merit badges and their requirements.
  • Please do not limit yourself to only scouts in your home unit. Many scouts in small troops depend on having counselors outside their unit so they can advance.

Useful Links for Merit Badge Counselors

    • General BSA Merit Badge Counselor Information – CLICK HERE

      ·         Guide for Merit Badge Counselors – CLICK HERE

    • BSA Scouting Forms – CLICK HERE
    • Annual Renewal of Merit Badge Counselors

      All Merit Badge Counselors should confirm their registration annually.  Likewise, the unit MBC coordinator should send a list of the unit’s MBCs to the District Merit Badge Dean to confirm annual rollover of registration for that unit. Persons not on the list submitted to the Merit Badge Dean may be dropped.  Unaffiliated Merit Badge Counselors (not affiliated with units) are responsible for advising the District Merit Badge Dean and confirming their registration annually.

Contact Merit Badge Dean Susan Neilson with questions or for further information.