We need multiple counselors for the popular merit badges. It is also a goal to have as many of the others covered as well.
Steps to Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor 1. Complete this form to choose your areas of interest and/or expertise. 2. Complete Youth Protection Training. 3. Complete a BSA Adult Application (see Barb Allan) 4. Complete a BSA Merit Badge Counselor Application Form [linked to the Troop 171 website] 5. Attend a Troop 171 merit badge introduction night [optional]
FAQ1. How many merit badges can I sign up to teach? • BSA does not have a limit. However, as a troop, we ask you to sign up for no more than 10 merit badges.The goal is to pick merit badges to counsel based upon your expertise either from your profession, vocation or hobbies.
2. Can I be a counselor for my own son? • Yes, as long as you are a counselor for other Scouts in the troop. However, we have a troop limit of 5 merit badges. A large benefit of merit badge counselors is the skill of meeting and working with other adults. This same limit applies to the number of badges any Scout may earn from a single counselor, even if not a parent.
3. When can I teach a merit badge? • On your own time [following YPT two-deep guidelines] • Before a troop meeting • During an organized troop meeting merit badge session • At Flaming Gorge or other camp situation
Section 1: Eagle RequiredSection 2: MB's with special training certificationsSection 3: All other merit badges available
EAGLE REQUIREDCampingCitizenship in the CommunityCitizenship in the NationCitizenship in the WorldCommunicationCookingLifesaving or Emergency PreparednessEnvironmental Science or SustainabilityFamily LifeFirst AidPersonal FitnessPersonal ManagementSwimming, Hiking, or Cycling
BSA Climbing Certification (various levels available) • Climbing
NCS or NRA Certified Instructor • Rifle Shooting • Shotgun Shooting
Nationally Recognized Instructor Certifying Agency (PADI, SSI, NAUI, etc) • Scuba Diving