Merit Badge Counselor Training
As a Merit Badge Counselor, it is your opportunity to learn the ropes, the Council and District advancement teams will schedule trainings throughout the year. Each Troop Advancment Chair may conduct regular merit badge counselor orientations. The tools below are to be used for self training and tools for unit, district, and council training teams to orient Merit Badge Counselors. See Advancement Contacts on the side menu.
Along with the counselor training below you will need to do the following be become a fully registered and approved counselor:
- Complete an Adult BSA Application form with position code 42
- Complete the Youth Protection Training (Y01)
- Create a profile at ScoutCommunity.com (if you don’t have one already) and add/claim your merit badge counselor position.
- Request to mentor for specific merit badges by adding them to your profile under the “My -> Merit Badges” area.
Here are some simple tips that every merit badge counselor should keep in mind.
- Make the Scout feel welcome and relaxed.
- Stimulate the Scout’s interest by showing them something related to the merit badge subject, but don’t overwhelm them; remember, the Scout is probably a beginner.
- Carefully review each requirement, start with easy skills or questions, and encourage practice.
- Insist that the Scout do exactly what the requirements specify. Many of the requirements involve hands-on activities that call for a Scout to show or demonstrate; make; list; discuss; or collect, identify, and label—and he must do just that.
- Don’t make the requirement more difficult—or any easier—than stated. A Scout may undertake more activities on their own initiative, but he cannot be pushed to do so.
- During testing, the Scout might need help in a particular area or with a certain skill, and may need to be retested later to ensure the requirement has been fulfilled.
- Encourage self-evaluation and self-reflection, and establish an atmosphere that encourages the Scout to ask for help.
- Take a genuine interest in the Scout’s projects, and encourage completion.