To become a Merit Badge Counselor in the Cradle of Liberty Council, complete a BSA Adult Application and the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form. The MBC Information form can be downloaded, completed on the computer, saved, and then printed for submission. Hard copies of these forms are also available from your district advancement committee chair and the district executive, as well as both Council service centers.
Submit the BSA Adult Application and the MBC Information Form to your district merit badge counselor dean or to either Council service center.
THE BSA ADULT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED, EVEN IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN ANOTHER POSITION. Merit badge counselor is a district-level position and therefore requires a new registration. It is similar to being registered as a Webelos Den Leader and also an Assistant Scoutmaster – separate applications are required for both positions.
Some of the merit badges have specific certifications or other qualifications required to be a counselor; these are Canoeing, Climbing, Lifesaving, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Scuba Diving, Shotgun Shooting, Snow Sports, Swimming, Whitewater. There are other special requirements for swimming, watercraft activities, and CPR instruction. See Section 188.8.131.52 of the Guide to Advancement.
Earning merit badges gives a Scout the self-confidence that comes from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal. The steps to follow in the merit badge program are:
A Scout expresses an interest in a merit badge
The Scoutmaster (or designee) provides the name of a counselor from the approved merit badge counselor list and signs the Merit Badge Application (aka blue card) indicating the Scout has approval to work on the merit badge.
The Scout contacts the counselor
The Scout works with the counselor on completing the requirements
The counselor signs the application in the appropriate locations and retains his/her portion of the card.
The Scout turns in the complete application and the Scoutmaster (or designee) signs in the appropriate location acknowledging the merit badge has been earned and returns the Scout’s portion of the card to the Scout.
The unit turns in the completed Unit Advancement Report and obtains the merit badge
The Scout receives the merit badge.
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR DEANS
Each district, working with the Council Registrar, maintains a list of merit badge counselors. Only those on the official list are allowed to sign off that a Scout has completed the merit badge. Each district has a merit badge counselor coordinator (aka Dean). For find for districts dean please contact your District Executive.