The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.
If you are not yet a merit badge counselor, it is easy to become one. There are five basic steps:
The Boy Scouts of America seeks to create a safe environment for young people and adult leaders to enjoy the program and related activities. BSA Youth Protection Training helps preserve that environment. YPT training is taken online and can accessed through https://myscouting.scouting.org.
For information on how to create a MyScouting account, click the link on the right of this page. After completing the training, be sure to print a copy of your BSA Youth Protection Training completion certificate to include with with items 3 & 4, below.
The application can be either be obtained from the NEPA BSA Local Council office in Moosic, PA. or by downloading the form via the link at the bottom of this webpage.
Note that individuals are expected to complete BSA Youth Protection Training PRIOR to submitting a leadership application.
Also note that every applicant is screened to insure adherence to BSA Membership Standards.
This application may now be completed online and then printed or emailed.
IMPORTANT - This specially designed workbook cannot be opened via a browser. To DOWNLOAD this file, please use the following procedure:
Once the above items have been completed, they may be turned in or mailed to the NEPA BSA Local Council Office, or emailed to your District Executive or the Council Registrar.
You may begin counseling after you have been notified that your application has been accepted & processed.
NOTE: THE BSA NATIONAL WEBSITE FOR MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS AND THE MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR APPLICATION HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY REVISED & UPDATED AND THE LINKS TO THE UP-TO-DATE SITE AND APPLICATION ARE LISTED BELOW.
(See IMPORTANT Note in Item 4, above which provides further directions for downloading this file)
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