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Merit Badge Counselor Training - New


I just went through the new MBC training online. I am quite confused as there is a conflict with Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/yp-faqs/#as

Under the What is a Merit Badge Counselor training - sub topic How Merit Badge Counselor work with scouts, it says

β€œA Scout must have another Scout, a relative, or a friend with them at each meeting with a merit badge counselor.”

Is there a mistake here or there is a change in how Merit Badge Work?

From Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs
Q: The Barriers to Abuse say that there must be two registered adults present for all Scouting activities and meetings. Does that include merit badge counseling? Fund-raising events?

A. Yes. However, the parent or legal guardian of the Scout may serve as the second adult. This parent or legal guardian does not have to be a registered leader.

Hope someone can clarify.



LOL do not expect BSA materials to line up - 2 adults are required at all Scouting activities - the MBC training is holding on to the Old Buddy system language they used

@Keen_HonWong - there are the odd things here and there which make you pause and scratch your head. So long as you as the MBC are not alone with the scout is key, and certainly parents and/or other scouts in the meeting is good.


The barriers to abuse requirement of 2 registered leaders over the age of 21 was put in place after the latest Merit Badge Counselor training was released. Unfortunately the training has not been updated.

As you found in the FAQ, the BSA has allowed a parent to serve as the second adult, however, if you read that carefully, it says β€œthe Scout.” This is typically interpreted to mean if there are 2 or more unrelated Scouts present, there must be a 2nd registered leader over the age of 21.

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@edavignon - that is good info… thanks for sharing that.

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