About Being a Merit Badge Counselor
Share Your Knowledge With Scouts
Merit badge counselors teach Scouts a variety of skills. From American
Business to Woodwork, there's a badge for everything. All merit badge counselors
must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and approved by the council
advancement committee for each badge listed on the Merit Badge Counselor
A qualified merit badge couselor is
- At least 18 years old
- Registered with the Boy Scouts of America
- Completes and maintains current Youth Protection training status
- Has the skills and education in the merit badge subjects covered
To get started, fill out the merit badge counselor Information form No. 34405
and attach the BSA Adult Application indicating position 42 with the signed
Disclosure Form. Submit all forms to the Northern Star Council office with
a copy of your current Youth Protection training certificate. There is no
charge to register as a merit badge counselor.
After being approved by the Council Advancement Committee, you will be added
to your district merit badge counselor List.
- Online at www.my.scouting.org
- Orientation is held at the University of Scouting, fall and spring.
- Individual districts may hold merit badge counselor Orientation.
Check your district website for further information.
- Guide for Merit Badge Counseling No. 34532 can be found online
Adding and Subtracting Merit Badges
You can add or remove badges from your original list at any time. Just fill
out the Merit Badge Counselor Information form and mark "A" for add and "D" for
drop. Bring, mail or email the final form to the council
Every 3 years you will be asked to update your
information. Each year, we contact all the merit badge counselors from one of our regional
teams, Aquila, Orion and Phoenix to confirm our
records. This is on a three year cycle with each team being assigned a
different year. This may include filling out new application forms or
registering online. You will be notified when it is your team's year to
How to Stop Being a Merit Badge Counselor
We're sorry to see
you go, but if you decide that you can no longer be a counselor please
call and talk to one of our registrars to expire your membership at