Procedures to find a Merit Badge Counselor
Seeking a Merit Badge Counselor in the Potomac District?
The Potomac District Advancement Committee wants Scouts to be afforded the opportunity to earn any and all of the merit badges available by working with qualified BSA registered Merit Badge Counselors (MBC).
The primary resource for MBCs is the Scout’s own unit. “Troop leaders can identify potential counselors…and many troops assemble a list of approved counselors in their areas” (Scoutmaster Handbook, 2007, p.127)".
Each troop, team, and crew (where applicable) should have a unit leader or committee member designated as the unit’s “merit badge coordinator” who recruits merit badge counselors and assists them with registration (click here for how to register as a MBC.)
The procedure for locating a counselor is:
- When the unit leader initiates a merit badge “blue card” with a Scout, the leader provides the Scout with contact information for the merit badge counselor which the unit has enlisted and registered with BSA as a merit badge counselor for that merit badge.
- If the unit does not have a counselor for the merit badge, the unit should recruit a counselor from the chartering organization or local community. This has the positive effect of involving another local adult in Scouting, familiarizing that adult with the unit and its leaders, and giving the unit to contact and oversight.
- If the unit cannot identify or recruit a counselor for a particular merit badge, the unit’s merit badge coordinator or Scoutmaster* can contact another unit to see if they have a counselor for that merit badge, and can contact the District advancement committee merit badge dean to see if the district has information about a registered merit badge counselor who has indicated willingness to work with youth from other units (please note that most merit badge counselors indicate on their application that they work only within a specific unit.)
*Note: This means that the District Merit Badge Dean will not reply to requests received from parents looking for their scouts or directly from scouts without going through their Scoutmaster.
- From time to time the district advancement committee will ask units to provide information to assist with maintaining current information about active merit badge counselors.
Potomac District Merit Badge Dean:
If you still have a quesiton after reading the above concerning locating a merit badge counselor, contact Rick Kessel, Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dick Holcomb at email@example.com Vice Chairman, Advancement & Recognition Committee, Potomac District.
revised: 7/18/2012 @ 1:14 PM