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All Merit Badge Counselors must have the skills, experience and education in the subjects for which they serve as a Counselor. The Merit Badge Counselor Application Form must contain a complete description of experience, education, training, certifications and any other factors that qualifies the applicant in the area they wish to counsel. Counselors, who desire to counsel Merit Badges such as Rifle, Shotgun, First Aid, Swimming, etc., should attach copies of their licenses or certifications to support their knowledge in the subject.This information includes required certifications as set out in the most recent edition of the BSA Guide To Advancement.  Any applicant who fails to submit required licenses or certifications will have 30 calendar days following notice of the requirement to submit the required information directly to the District Merit Badge Dean.  If following a request for required information, the information is not provided within the 30 day grace period, the application may be denied.

Counselors are only authorized to counsel for those merit badges approved by the District or Council Merit Badge Dean and advised in writing by the Council Registrar.

The Council Advancement Committee expects all Merit Badge Counselors to be trained in the purpose of Scouting and in the advancement procedures. A live training session for new counselors and adults thinking about becoming counselors is generally available at the University of Scouting each year.  

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