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What's The Job of a Merit Badge Counselor?

The primary responsibility of the Merit Badge Counselor is to certify that each Scout who applies himself meets all the requirements for the particular merit badge. However, the larger job is as a coach who helps the Scout over the different hurdles of the requirements and making him aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from the Merit Badge Counselor's knowledge and experience.

Requirements For Merit Badge Counselors

To qualify as a valid Merit Badge Counselor in Westchester-Putnam Council, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation or avocation.
  • Be able to work with Scout-age boys.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Complete and submit the WPC Merit Badge Counselor Form indicating which Merit badges you wish to counsel.
  • Merit Badge Counselors MUST complete Youth Protection Training and renew it every 24 months. Visit and sign in to On-Line training. Complete the YPT and electronically save the trained certificate and print a copy for submission with your application.

As a Merit Badge Counselor, you must agree to:

  • Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
  • Have a Scout and his buddy present at all instructional sessions.
  • Renew your registration annually if you plan to continue as a Merit Badge Counselor.

To Register As A Merit Badge Counselor

For administrative purposes, Boy Scouts of America requires all merit badge counselors to register with their local council, by submitting aBSA Adult Application, No. 28-501. If you are registering solely to serve as a merit badge counselor, there is no fee. You may also become a full member of the Boy Scouts of America by paying the current annual registration fee, which includes a subscription to Scouting magazine. This bimonthly publication will keep you updated on developments in the merit badge program and many other aspects of Scouting. Simply call for an application from Westchester-Putnam Council at (914) 773-1135 to have one mailed to you, or print out the form below.

BSA Adult Registration Form

WPC Merit Badge Counselor Application

 Merit Badge Counselors should send both of these completed forms to their appropriate District Merit Badge Dean to begin processing.  Written acknowledgement of approval will be mailed to the counselor to inform them when they are permitted to begin counseling Scouts.

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