In order to become a merit badge counselor, you must:
Regardless of whether or not you are a registered adult leader in another position, you must fill out completely and accurately a new Adult Application (form 28-501F). On the backside of the front page is a listing of Unit Position Codes. The Merit badge counselor is position code 42. In Addition, a Merit Badge Counselor Information form (#34405) must also be filled out completely and accurately and accompany the BSA Adult Application. The merit badge counselor position does not require a registration fee.
Once the applications have been completed, they must be submitted to your District Advancement Chairperson. The chairperson will do the following:
At this point in time, the applicant is approved as a merit badge counselor. However, once the Council has input an applicant's data into the system and this applicant is subsequently negatively flagged, the applicant and District Advancement Chairman will be notified and the applicant will be removed as an approved merit badge counselor.