Scouts can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business and future careers as they earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges which any Boy Scout can earn at any time.
Requirements on all available merit badges can found here.
Merit Badge Counselor
The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program.
To qualify as a merit badge counselor, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation or avocation
- Be able to work with Scout age boys
- Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America (as a Merit badge Counselor)
To become a merit badge counselor, adults should attend an orientation that explains the role and responsibilities. The 90 minute orientation is offered at the Council Service Center and at district Roundtables.
Items you will need to bring to orientation:
For upcoming Merit Badge Counselor Orientation, please check our Calendar.
Merit Badge Midway
Units may conduct advancement events, earning merit badges in groups. Upon review and discussion with the National Office advancement department, the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council Advancement Committee implemented our Council Merit Badge Midway Policy relating to the sponsoring of Merit Badge Midways. If your unit wishes to conduct an event of this type, please comply with the policy requirements.