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New Merit Badge Counselors required to submit both MBC Application and BSA Adult Application to Scout Service Center. 

The renewal period for 2018 will be October 1, 2017, to December 22, 2017. 

All MBC status expires on December 31, 2017 if renewal application is not completed.

Online Application (FOR RENEWALS ONLY)External Link

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I want to thank you for your service to the young men of Scouting and the Alamo Area Council as a Merit Badge Counselor.  Without your help, advancement can only go so far and there would be no Eagle rank achieved

Merit Badge Counselor Renewal Process

  • If you were approved as a Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) prior to 2017 and you plan on staying on as a MBC you will need to complete the 2018 online renewal applicationExternal Link or visit for more resources. You will need to provide a copy of your of completed certifications that are required for following merit badges; Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Kayaking, Lifesaving, Rife/Shotgun Shooting, Rowing, SCUBA, Snow Sports, Swimming and Whitewater. 
  • All approved MBC are required to complete YPT.   For a list of training's please visit our Training Calendar.  If you are not sure if your YPT is current, please contact the Council Office to check on your status. Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training is offered online through

    REMINDER:  There is no limit to the number of badges for which one MBC can be approved. 


    New Merit Badge Counselor Application Process

    • Application for a new MBCs requires:
    1. All information required above (MBC application, YPT, Certifications); plus
    2. Fully completed BSA adult application.Even if you are registered in another position with the BSA, a separate BSA adult application is required for the position of Merit Badge Counselor.


    • Any person serving as a counselor for a badge must be registered and approved as a MBC for that badge.
    • Registration as a unit leader does not grant MBC status.
    • Anyone assisting a Scout in the completion of an incomplete badge from other badge earning opportunities must be a registered MBC approved for that badge.

    For all other questions please email the Advancement Team at

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