Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

Do you have a hobby, skill, or career that you love? Do you enjoy working with youth?  Scouting is always looking for counselors to teach the over 130 merit badges offered by BSA.

See the complete list of topics and requirements here and select those in which you have training and interest. There is no limit to the number of badges you may counsel.

To be a merit badge counselor you need to be 18 years of age or older, be of good character, and have good rapport with scout-age youth. You must also have current Youth Protection Training . (Go to to take it on-line) Bring your certificate to the training class.

Merit Badge Counselor training will walk you through the process of coaching and mentoring boys, safety tips, and how to correctly fill out the blue card.
2015 Calendar:

At the Council Service Center (CSC), 970 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA  from 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Tue. Jan. 27 – CSC
Tue. Mar. 24 – CSC
Tue. May 26 – CSC
Tue. Aug. 25 – CSC
Tue. Oct. 13 – QSRT
Wed. Oct 14 – PIORT
Thu. Oct. 8 – CCRT
Wed. Nov. 11 – POLRT

Click here for the free on-line registration.