Merit Badge Information - for Counselors

Merit Badge Counselor

Registration Renewal 2022


All registered merit badge counselors in Mecklenburg County Council


To renew your merit badge counselor registration for the year 2022, you will fill out an online survey that will allow you to update your contact information, choose which merit badges you want to teach in 2022, and renew your commitment to being a merit badge counselor.


National BSA requires us to re-register all merit badge counselors on an annual basis. We believe that this online survey is the most convenient and efficient way to complete this process.


  1. Every registered merit badge counselor will receive an email from the Registrar, David Russell, in mid-October. This email will include the link to the MBC Registration Renewal Survey, your member ID number, youth protection training date on-file, and the merit badges you are currently registered to teach.

  2. Please note: You are limited to 16 Merit Badges. If you have more than that, please submit a drop form.

  3. You can access the MBC Registration Renewal Survey through the link in the email any time between November 1st, 2021, and December 15th, 2021.

  4. There may be circumstances that require follow-up communications from the Council Advancement Committee, so please try to complete your registration as early as possible. Once all requested merit badges are approved, your registration will be renewed through December 31st, 2022.



Please contact the Registrar at

Citizenship in Society

On November 1, 2021, the BSA launched its first new merit badge since 2017.  It is called Citizenship in Society.  The new merit badge will provide Scouts the opportunity to learn more about our world by encouraging them to explore information about diversity, inclusion, equity and ethical leadership – and to learn why these qualities are important in our society.  MCC’s Vice President for Scout Reach, Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown has been working with the National BSA Council and has been involved in a soft launch of this merit badge with his own Troop.  He is the only counselor trained to teach this merit badge, currently.  MCC is actively seeking other adult leaders to be trained and share best ways to facilitate and navigate the special nuances of this merit badge so our Scouts can have a positive and enriching experience.


If you are interested in becoming a CIS merit badge counselor for your Troop or District, please begin by taking the 30-minute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Scouting online course located on your trainings page and review the list of materials shown at the end of the attached FAQ.  You will find the CIS Fact Sheet as provided by National attached as well.


Tommy Lee will be conducting two(2) CIS counselor trainings next week.  One will be on Wednesday, November 17th and the other on Thursday, November 18th.  Both will begin at 7 and will conclude around 9 p.m.

To attend Wednesday’s training, click here to register


To attend Thursday’s training, click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Merit Badge Counselor Information


Annual Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal


Your MBC registration expires 12/31 every year. Don’t forget to renew it!

It’s as easy as…

  1. Check your email. In November you will receive an email with a survey link, your member ID number, and which merit badges you are currently registered to teach.

  2. Fill out and submit your survey between November 1st and December 1st.  By completing the short survey you will be able to update your contact info, availability, add/remove merit badges, and renew your MBC commitment.

  3. Reply to follow-up. You may receive follow-up communications from the merit badge approval committee.  Be sure to respond promptly so that your registration does not get held up.


Please contact with any questions.

Scout book Users

Easily find a merit badge counselor in your area using Scout Book.  Here’s how:

  • A Troop unit leader should log in at

  • Click My Dashboard

  • Select a unit in which you are a registered leader

  • Scroll to the bottom of the roster page and click the link that says “Merit Badge Counselor List.”

The Scout Book MBC list will be updated monthly and merit badge counselors will receive an email from Scout Book any time their registration changes.  The counselors on this list have a current MBC registration AND have

valid youth protection training.

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          NEW! (09-27-2021)

Scouts BSA updated Merit Badge Requirements for several merit badges for 2021.  The full list of 137 merit badges and their current requirements are available by clicking the button to the left.