Merit Badge Counselor Renewals for 2018

posted Nov 17, 2017, 5:48 AM by John Royar   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 1:08 PM ]

As of November 14th, only half of the nearly 300 merit badge counselors for 2017 have asked to renew their registration and approved merit badges for charter year 2018. A lot of young Scouts are going to miss out on merit badges they want to take or have to have to advance. More importantly they will miss out on the reason for merit badges being such an important and required part of the Advancement program. To quote from the BSA Advancement Guidelines: The Benefits of Merit Badges

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom

As of November 14, 2017, the attached list (MBC 2018 no response v 11.12.2017) reflects the current registered and approved merit badge counselors for 2017 who we have no record of a response for a 2018 renewal. There are less than 23 days left to avoid being dropped as a registered and approved merit badge counselor. No response is considered a request to drop. If you are dropped and continue to function as a merit badge counselor you could be putting the scout at risk by voiding that badge as properly earned.

Please don’t put off responding with a “yes” and “your current contact information” now. You may only be called upon to sporadically work with a boy on a merit badge. That experience is as rewarding for you as it is for the Scout. Sometimes you are the only counselor available for a specific merit badge.

If you show up on this list or need to register, please contact Bill Cox at 903 839-6031 or
John Royar,
Nov 17, 2017, 5:48 AM