Merit Badge Counselor Training

Who should take this training?

New Scouts BSA Merit Badge Counselors

Why should I take this training?

A well-qualified Merit Badge Counselor can enhance a youth’s attention span through effective communication, which leads to better understanding of the subject, productive discussions, and true interest. A bond of mutual respect often develops when a Scout feels confident to offer thoughts and opinions through meaningful conversations with a merit badge counselor. Thus, a Scout grows in social skills and self-reliance as a result of interacting with an adult who is a qualified counselor. The merit badge counselor agrees to follow the requirements of the recognition, making no deletions or additions, ensuring the advancement standards are fair and uniform for all Scouts.

Merit Badge Counselor Training is available online at

When is this training available?

The online version of Merit Badge Counselor Training is available anytime through the Training section of

The in-person classroom version of Merit Badge Counselor Training is generally offered a few times a year, typically in conjunction with individual districts’ training days.

Where is this training offered?

You can take the online version of Merit Badge Counselor Training by logging in to (if you’ve never visited this site before, you’ll need to click the “create account” button and then follow the instructions; have your BSA membership ID number handy).

The in-person classroom version of Merit Badge Counselor Training will require you to go to a physical location within your district, or there may be a course offered at the Vance D and Mary Lee Scout Service Center (6912 W Expressway 83 Harlingen TX).

What is the cost of this training?

There is no cost if you take Merit Badge Counselor Training online through

If you take the in-person classroom version, there may be a small fee to cover the cost of handouts or other class materials.

How do I sign up for this training?

You don’t have to register to take the online version of Merit Badge Counselor Training through; just log in and start taking the class modules.

The in-person classroom version of Merit Badge Counselor Training will require you to register online so that the instructor will know how many handouts and other class materials to have on hand. Visit the council calendar on our site. You will get an overview of all current Merit Badge Counselor training courses open for registration.


What Else Do I Need To Do To Become A Merit Badge Counselor?

  1. If you haven’t already, register as an adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. You can get an application here. You’ll have to print out a copy and fill it out.
  2. Log in to If you don’t already have an account, create one.
  3. Take Youth Protection Training and print your Certificate of Completion.
  4. Print and fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Information sheet.

Deliver your completed BSA adult member application, your certificate proving you finished Youth Protection Training, and your completed Merit Badge Counselor Information sheet to our council office at the Vance D and Marry Lee Raimond Scout Service Center in Harlingen. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Registrar at 956-423-0250 or fill out the form below.

Note: you cannot just sign up as a Merit Badge Counselor through the ScoutBook app. If you do, you will not be displayed as a counselor. You must first be approved by our council office.



Council Training Chair

Roger Mantony


Arrowhead District

Michael Hall


Arroyo District

Volunteer Needed


Rio Bravo District

Volunteer Needed


Tip-O-Tex District

Eric Guerrero


Ada Trevino


Bonita Schraut