Merit Badge Counselors
What Is a Merit Badge Counselor?
A merit badge counselor is both a teacher and a mentor to the Scout as they work on the merit badge. Merit badge counselors should be satisfied that each Scout, under their guidance, meets all the requirements set forth for the merit badge. In this sense, a merit badge counselor is an examiner. In a larger sense, the real opportunity for a counselor lies in coaching—helping Scouts over the different hurdles of the requirements and helping make them aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from their knowledge and experience.
The merit badge counselor may help a Scout by providing instruction and guidance on the subject matter. However, the counselor must not complete the Scout's work on the requirements. The counselor needs to test the Scout to ensure that he has completed all the required work but may not modify the merit badge requirements in the process. This standard ensures that the advancement requirements are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
Considering becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?
Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor is a great way to get involved with the Troop and is always needed. The Troop does not function without the help of the parents!
The following link from the BSA website explains everything you need to know about Merit Badges and how to become a Merit Badge Counselor.