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 Scouts, safety tips, and how to correctly fill out the blue card.

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

  • Coyote Creek – January 9, 2020
  • Quicksilver – March 12, 2020
  • Pioneer – May 14, 2020
  • Polaris – August 13, 2020

Click here for the free on-line registration.

Districts Teaching MBCT at Roundtable:

  • Coyote Creek – October 8, 2020
  • Loma Prieta – October 8, 2020
  • Quicksilver – October 13, 2020
  • Pioneer – October 14, 2020
  • Polaris – November 11, 2020
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