Merit Badge Counselor

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—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. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America, through your BSA local council. This entails contacting the local council, then obtaining, completing, and turning in the "Adult Application." The council will then process the application (every applicant is screened).  You will also need to complete BSA Youth Proetection Training.

What you need to complete:
  1. Complete Pennsylvania Background clearances (directions HERE)

  2. BSA Youth Protection Training (follow directions on the page)

  3. BSA Adult Application (complete and return to Troop 98)

  4. Merit Badge Counselor Information Sheet (complete and return to Troop 98)

  5. You also must take Merit Badge Counselor training; read about that HERE

BSA Resources for additional background on merit badge counseling:

Please let us know of your interest by completing THIS FORM. A Troop 98 leader will respond and coordinate your onboarding.


Here are all 137 merit badges currently offered in the Boy Scouts of America:

Scroll down in the spreadsheet window below to see all the merit badges. Click on the name to see the requirements. Scroll right for the links to the worksheets.

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