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Recruiting and Training Merit Badge Counselors

The essence of quality Scouting is having sufficient qualified adult leaders. Nowhere does this become more apparent than in the recruitment of adults to serve as Merit Badge Counselors. Because Merit Badge Counselors must be knowledgeable in specialized area as well as able to have a good rapport with Scout-age boys, the Council and District Advancement Committees have a challenging task in seeking, recruiting, and training Merit Badge Counselors.

To be certified as a Merit Badge Counselor in Westchester-Putnam Council for a particular merit badge, an adult must be qualified by job, profession, business, hobby or special training in that subject. Having earned a Merit Badge as a Scout or previously serving as a Merit Badge Counselor for a badge does not automatically qualify someone as a qualified Counselor.

 All Merit Badge Counselors must have an understanding of their role in Scout advancement. The Council and District Advancement Committee are responsible for making the appropriate training available to Merit Badge Counselors. Training materials can be found on this website.





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