Merit Badge Counselors

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Scouts BSA 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 Scout’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.

MBC Initial Registration

Below are the steps to get registered as a Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) within the Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council

  1. Fill out an adult application with position code 42.
  2. Fill out Merit Badge Counselor application.
  3. Take Youth Protection Training (YPT) and Merit Badge Counselor training at the Boy Scouts of America’s training website: Download the completed training certificate cards and save for your records. These trainings are required.
  4. Submit you adult application, your MBC application, your YPT certificate, and your MBC training certificate to the Advancement Committee by email.

The Advancement Committee will either approve or deny your MBC application. The Committee will respond to your inquiry within two (2) weeks from the time of submission.

If you are looking for a Merit Badge Counselor LIST please go to or click HERE


For questions on your MBC application and whether it has been approved or denied, please contact the Advancement Committee.

For questions on if your registration is current or if you need to update your registration, please contact the Council’s Registrar.