Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Question re: Merit Badge Counselor registration
Re: Question re: Merit Badge Counselor registration
Richard C. Ickler
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 16:35:46 -0700
At 02:51 PM 6/14/99 -0400, Jim Miller Sr. wrote:
>Saturday, I went out and recruited one of the music teachers in our town
>to serve as a merit badge counselor for Music merit badge since we have
>three boys in the troop who want to take this merit badge and no
>counselor locally. When I went to get our local council form from the
>web (http://www.nnjbsa.org/resources/forms/meritbadge.pdf) I noticed
>that it required that you either be already registered with the BSA or
>must attach an adult membership application and the appropriate $7.00
>fee to the application. Since it was my understanding that there was no
>registration fee required for merit badge counselors, I called the
>council office and spoke to one of the professional staff. He told me -
>after checking to be sure - that because we were now requiring all merit
>badge counselors to take Youth Protection Training, that they had to be
>registered Scouters and that unless they were previously registered,
>that they must submit an adult leader application and the $7.00 fee with
>the merit badge counselor app.
>My question for the list: Has anyone else heard of this or is it a
>local council requirement? If it is a local council requirement, can
>(and should) we fight it?
>What sayeth the list?
>Jim Miller, Sr.
It sounds like a local Council requirement, probably based on a
misunderstanding of the registration requirements. Our council is
requiring a separate BSA registration for each merit badge counsellor and
YPT but there is no fee required even if the person is not registered in
any other capacity.
Long Beach Area Council (CA)