How to Become a Merit Badge Counselor


To qualify as a merit badge counselor, you must

  • Be at least 18 years old and of good character.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America, a $25 fee will be required if you are not currently registered as a paid Member of the Boy Scouts.
  • Complete Youth Protection & Merit Badge Counselor training.  Trainings can be found at
  • Be recognized as having the skills and education in the merit badge subjects covered and hold any required qualifications and training as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting or the Guide to Advancement—or use others so qualified.
  • Be able to work with Scout-age youth. 

Paperwork to turn into Council Service Center to become a Merit Badge Counselor

  • BSA Adult Application | Link (there is a fee of $25 if you don't have a current paid membership)
  • Merit Badge Application | Link (Maximum of 20 Badges)
  • Proof of Youth Protection Training and Merit Badge Training

Your qualifications will be reviewed by the Advancement Committee, and you may be asked for more information.  Some Merit Badges like shooting sports and water sports require certifications or safety measures.  See page 44 Section of the Guide to Advancement for these.

Merit Badge Counselor Training (34 minutes) using