About Being a Merit Badge Counselor

Share Your Knowledge With Scouts

Merit badge counselors teach Scouts a variety of skills. From American Business to Woodwork, there's a badge for everything. All merit badge counselors must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and approved by the council advancement committee for each badge listed on the Merit Badge Counselor Information form.


A qualified merit badge couselor is

  • At least 18 years old
  • Registered with the Boy Scouts of America
  • Completes and maintains current Youth Protection training status
  • Has the skills and education in the merit badge subjects covered

To get started, fill out the merit badge counselor Information form No. 34405 and attach the BSA Adult Application indicating position 42 with the signed Disclosure Form. Submit all forms to the Northern Star Council office (location below) with a copy of your current Youth Protection training certificate. There is no charge to register as a merit badge counselor.

6202 Bloomington Rd
Fort Snelling, MN 55111

or use the contact information on this page.

After being approved by the Council Advancement Committee, you will be added to your district merit badge counselor List.

Training Available

  • Online at
  • Orientation is held at the University of Scouting, fall and spring.
  • Individual districts may hold merit badge counselor Orientation. Check your district website for further information.
  • Guide for Merit Badge Counseling No. 34532 can be found online 

Adding and Subtracting Merit Badges

You can add or remove badges from your original list at any time. Just fill out the Merit Badge Counselor Information form and mark "A" for add and "D" for drop. Bring, mail or email the final form to the council office.

Renewal Process

Every 3 years you will be asked to update your information. Each year, we contact all the merit badge counselors from one of our regional teams, Aquila, Orion and Phoenix  to confirm our records. This is on a three year cycle with each team being assigned a different year. This may include filling out new application forms or registering online. You will be notified when it is your team's year to reregister.

How to Stop Being a Merit Badge Counselor

We're sorry to see you go, but if you decide that you can no longer be a counselor please call and talk to one of our registrars to expire your membership at 612-261-2304.

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