Gunpowder Falls Merit Badge Counselors

In need of a Merit Badge Counselor?

You need to talk to your Scoutmaster!

You need to get a blue card from him to give to the counselor.

This is the proper way of doing it.

Please remember the buddy system/youth protection when meeting with a counselor.

Never meet alone with a counselor.

How to become a Merit Badge Counselor?

  1. Complete the BSA Adult application. Enter position code 42 and position title Merit Badge Counselor. Must be signed either handwritten or digitally.
  2. Complete the ongoing background check consent form (page 6 of adult application). Must contain a handwritten signature. A digitally signed by signature will not be accepted.
  3. Complete YPT in My.Scouting.org and then download/print a copy of your completion certificate. YPT must expire after the current charter year (07/01/2022 – 06/30/2023). Come recharter time in the spring, YPT must expire after the next charter year (07/01/2023 – 06/30/2024).
  4. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor training on My.Scouting.org
    1. Advancement (SCO-471)
    2. Aims and Methods of Scouts BSA (SCO_472)
    3. Introduction to Merit Badges (SCO_474)
    4. What is a Merit Badge Counselor (SCO_486)
  5. Complete form 34405 Merit Badge Counselor Information. Be sure to fill in the District and BSA ID fields in addition to those required.
  6. Turn in the items above together to the Dean of Merit Badges.  Do not send in partial applications.
  7. You should receive an email from Scoutbook when you are added.

How to apply for the Citizenship In Society merit badge?

  1. Complete form 34405 Merit Badge Counselor Information to add the merit badge.
  2. Complete the following trainings in MyScouting:
    1. Advancement (SCO-471)
    2. Aims and Methods of Scouts BSA (SCO_472)
    3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (SCO_1800)
    4. Introduction to Merit Badges (SCO_474)
    5. What is a Merit Badge Counselor (SCO_486)
  3. Turn in the items above together to the Dean of Merit Badges — Do not send in partial applications.