Troop 903 is ALWAYS looking for parents to help our scouts as merit badge counselors. It's important for us, as parents and leaders, to teach new skills to our scouts, and one of the key ways to make this happen is an active merit badge program. Merit badges expose scouts to a wide range of new activities and are an essential part of the scouting experience. Many former scouts have traced initial interest in their life's work to their merit badge work in that field. Scouts are generally limited to three merit badges from a single counselor, so it's important for us to have as many adults as possible involved in the program.
So, you ask, what's involved? First, it's important to know that you don't have to be an expert in the field . . . but should know enough to evaluate whether or not a Scout has completed the requirements for the badge. A list of current requirements can be viewed, printed, or downloaded from Scouting.org (see link below), obtained from the corresponding merit badge book (there's a BSA pamphlet for each merit badge which includes all information about the badge and all information needed to complete it), or from the annual Merit Badge Requirements Book, published by the Boys Scouts. An excellent guide for merit badge counselors can be found on the US Scouts web page. Click on the Links below.
The most popular merit badges are the "Eagle Required" badges -- those that scouts must have for advancement -- so we're always looking for counselors for those badges. Also, if you have a hobby or profession that has a corresponding merit badge (e.g. stamp collecting, chemistry, aviation, climbing, etc), perhaps you could help in that area. Keep in mind, too, that multiple counselors for a merit badge makes it easier for the scouts to link up with a counselor, so just because the troop already has a counselor for a given badge doesn't mean that we couldn't use another.
So, what do you need to do to become registered? Simple. Just fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Application (download from the link below) and become a registered adult (get form from one of the troop's adult leaders). There's no fee and it's a great way to help the troop. The time you spend is up to you. The scouts must make arrangements to fit the schedule of the counselor. You have the option, in filling out the form, of acting as a counselor for all Boy Scouts, or only those in Troop 903. Once you have filled out the form, bring it to a Troop Meeting and turn it in to the Committee Merit Badge Coordinator.
If there are any questions, please feel free to ask one of the troop leaders.
In closing, let me emphasize two very important points. First, your job is to assist the Scout in obtaining his merit badge. He is expected to do what's required and it's up to you to certify that it has been done -- no more, no less. Second, any Scout visiting an adult counselor must have a buddy with him (a friend, parent, sibling, etc).
Thanks, in advance, for your help.