Do you have an area of expertise or interest you want to share?

Whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic.

By serving as a merit badge counselor
, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

If you are not yet a merit badge counselor, it is easy to become a volunteer!

Here are the steps:


    Adult Leader Application

    Merit Badge Counselor information Form 34404

    To read more about being an approved Merit Badge Counselor please check out this link:

      1. Register with the Boy Scouts of America by completing an Adult Leader Application, indicating the position "42"  “Merit Badge Counselor.” 
      2. You also need to phyically sign the Additional Disclosure and Background Check Authorization form that is attached to the Adult Application.
      3. If you have not already completed it you will have to take the Youth Protection Training ( and provide a copy of your trained certificate.
      4. Please take the "Scouts BSA - Merit Badge Counselor Training" at
      5. Complete a Merit Badge Counselor Information Form identifying which Merit Badges you are qualified to teach.
      6. Gather these three things and turn them in at the district Roundtable. You can also email, for more information (to mail or drop off the applications.)

      Information on the New 

      Citizenship in Society (Eagle Required after July 1, 2022)

      Citizenship in Society - Key Information Page 

      Counselor Registration Information

      To register to become a Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Counselor everyone needs to send n to the Chesapeake District Merit Badge Dean(John Heuchan):  

      1. Completed 34405 form (MBC information form;

      2. A copy of your completion certificate for DEI Training (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) from

      3. A copy of your certificate of completion or card showing Merit Badge Counselor Training. 

       If you are not presently a merit badge Counselor you will need to fill out and submit:

      4. An Adult Application with a signed Background Check and Authorization Form.

      5. A YPT Certificate of Completion that expires after the current district recharter year of June 30, 2022.


      These forms need to be turned into the District Merit Badge Dean.  They will then be forwarded to Council for processing.  If forms are turned in at the Scout Shop, council, or any other way including mailing to council, said forms will be returned, and you will need to send them to the merit badge dean.  This badge requires processing at both the district and council levels.


      Chesapeake District Merit Badge Dean, John Heuchan,



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