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Merit Badge Policy Overview (Updated March 2018

The National Capital Area Council has adopted an NCAC MB Group Instruction Policy for our council to abide by. The intent of the policy is to afford the district advancement committees an oversight role of group instruction merit badge offerings that are done outside an individual unit.

To comply with the NCAC policy, the Patriot District asks units wishing to offer merit badge opportunities to scouts beyond their unit to provide the advancement committee sufficient information to answer the following questions:

  • Are proposed counselors actually registered as a merit badge counselor and approved to counsel the badge(s) they intend to counsel?
  • Is there a limitation on the group size to afford the counselor the ability for every scout to complete the requirements as they’re written within the time frame proposed?  Should more counselors be recruited?
  • Is the fee charged consistent with the event not being a fund raiser?
  • Are any prerequisites defined?
  • Is there a plan to explain to scouts how a partial completion from the event can be completed?
  • Is there a mechanism for anyone with a concern about the event to report it to the council advancement committee?

Please send information to Patriot Advancement Committee Chair, Kristin Chioma, at

The Troop Level Process for Registering Merit Badge Counselors

Counselor Registration Considerations

Useful References for the Merit Badge Counselor