Information for Merit Badge Counselors
As chartered by the Congress of the United States, the Boy Scouts of America is a movement dedicated to supplementing and enlarging the education of youth. The merit badge program, which provides opportunities for youth to explore more than 120 fields of skill and knowledge, plays a key role in the fulfillment of this educational commitment.
A vital part of the BSA's advancement plan, the merit badge program is one of Scouting's basic character-building tools. Through participation in the program (which may begin immediately upon registration in a troop or team), a Scout acquires the kind of self-confidence that comes only from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal. Instruction is offered in everything from animal science and public speaking to swimming and communications, providing a young man with invaluable career, physical, and interpersonal skills.
Prospective Merit Badge Counselors
To become a merit badge counselor, you'll need:
Submit these forms to the Washington Crossing Council Service Center. Your district advancement chair will confirm whether or not you are certified as able to counsel for these badges. You must receive this approval before you may begin serving as a merit badge counselor.
If you have any questions about your status as a merit badge counselor, please contact the Council Registrar. You may also contact your district advancement chair.
District Advancement Chairs
Four times a year, the unit leader and unit committee chair of record receive a copy of their district's approved merit badge counselors, except for crew advisors and crew committee chairs, which will receive a copy of the approved merit badge counselors in the district where their crew is geographically located. Due to privacy concerns, this list is not to be distributed to any Scout. The unit leader is responsible for recommending to a Scout a particular merit badge counselor that is on the most recent list. No Scout may work with a merit badge counselor who does NOT appear on the most recent approved merit badge counselor list.