A Merit Badge Counselor is a registered adult leader in a local council of the Boy Scouts of America. The local council advancement committee approves the merit badge counselor to counsel one or more specific merit badges for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts or qualified Ventures who are registered in that local council.
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.
The Merit Badge Counselor Guide has information on becoming a counselor and much more. Merit Badge Policies has details about important rules and policies including the Qualifications shown below.
Qualifications of Counselors
|| Persons serving as merit badge counselors must be registered as a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America. They must be men and women of good character, age 18 or older, and recognized as having the skills and education in the subjects for which they are to serve as merit badge counselors, as well as the ability to work with Scout-age boys.
Register merit badge counselors by using the adult leader application. All merit badge counselors must be approved by the council advancement committee. Merit badge counselors are not required to pay a fee if they are only registered as merit badge counselors.
There is no restriction or limit on the number of merit badges an individual may be approved to counsel for, but they must be approved by the committee for each specific merit badge.
There is no limit on the number of merit badges a Scout may earn from one counselor.
An approved counselor may counsel any Scout, including his or her own son, ward, or relative.
|— Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13)