North Star has finished updating it’s Merit Badge Counselor list! Kevin Neese, our Training Vice Chair, has sent all Key 3’s the updated list. Please share with Scouts and families through your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair as requested but do not put out on websites, etc.
Moving forward. New procedures for Merit Badge Counselors.
Adding a new Merit Badge Counselor. Fill out BSA Adult application. Attach YPT. Attach Merit Badge selections. Attach MBC training certificate. TURN IN TO KEVIN NEESE. He will then get the required District Signatures and turn in to Council when all paperwork in complete.
Adding and Deleting Merit Badges for an existing MBC. Send add/delete requests to Kevin Neese. He will process the requests.
10 Merit Badge “rule” has been discontinued. Any current MBC who would like to add Merit Badges to their redacted list needs to send Add list to Kevin.
A Merit Badge Counselor is: A trained adult, registered by and accountable to the Council and the District; they are an independent guide, instructor and / or coach for the Merit Badge(s) that they counsel. A Counselors duty is to be satisfied that each Scout who comes to you as a counselor meets all the requirements for the merit badge you are counseling them on. You are a coach, a guide, giving them positive reinforcement in the subject matter. You are not to change the requirements or add additional requirements – you are there to help them over the different hurdles of the requirements. Thus, helping the Scout to gain a deeper awareness of the subject matter of the Merit Badge.
As a Merit Badge Counselor, you are the coach, guide, and / or instructor – but you MUST allow the Scout to do the work themselves.
The last and MOST important duty of a Merit Badge Counselor is to follow Youth Protection Requirements.
A Scouts (and their parents / legal guardians) duties to a Merit Badge Counselor:
Number one (1) remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER, they are donating their time, talents, and experience – so a Scout is Courteous. A Merit Badge Counselor may need to say NO to your request to counsel them on a Merit Badge (there are only 24 hours in a day).
Again, remember that a Merit Badge Counselor is a VOLUNTEER. Some Merit Badges have cost associated with them (materials, entrance fees, rentals). Don’t ask the Counselor to donate money and resources so that you can complete the Merit Badge requirements (unless the Counselor offers).
YOU are RESPONISBLE for completing the requirements, for doing the work, for being on time. YOU are responsible for providing the signed Application to the Merit Badge to the Counselor. You are also responsible in helping the Merit Badge Counselor maintain Youth Protection Requirements. If contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by email, make sure to include a parent(s) and / or a leader on all emails. If you are contacting the Merit Badge Counselor by phone, remember that you will need an Adult third party on the call to maintain Youth Protection Requirements. Remember, it is very likely that the Merit Badge Counselor will need you to bring an Adult with you to face-to-face meeting so that Youth Protection Requirements are met.