There is no national fee for a MBC. However there are overhead costs paid for by the council.
- My council does have a overhead cost of a background investigation (now every four years).
Member registration: A signed new “ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES & BACKGROUND CHECK AUTHORIZATION” form (2019) is required for individual age 18-plus years old BSA membership.
- There is also an annual volunteer overhead of vetting and renewing my merit badge counselor information.
(Does your unit have volunteers willing to serve on the council or district advancement committee to do the annual MBC review and approval? If so, contact your council advancement committee chair.)
REGISTRATION GUIDEBOOK JULY 2019
written for council registrar, ©2019 Boy Scouts of America
Adult Application Approval
Unit Adults. The chartered organization representative is approved by the head of the chartered organization. All other adult leader applications must be accepted and approved by the head of the chartered organization or the chartered organization representative. The Scout executive or designee must approve all adults who answer “yes” to any Additional Information question on the adult application.
Council and District Adults. The Scout executive or designee must approve all council and district adults.
Merit badge counselors, STEM Nova counselors, and religious emblem coordinators are registered adult leader positions that require a completed BSA adult application, Youth Protection training, and a criminal background check, but no registration fee is required unless they choose to pay to receive Scouting magazine.
Executive officer and Lion and Tiger adult partner positions do not require a registration fee because they are not registered adult leader positions. These positions also do not require a completed BSA adult application and are not submitted for a criminal background check. While Youth Protection training is not required for adults holding these positions, it is recommended for all participating adults.
Merit Badge Counselors
In order to register, merit badge counselors (position 42) must be at least 18 years old and must complete an adult application including a criminal background authorization form, complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information form (No. 34405, see Appendix) specifying which merit badges they are qualified to teach, and take Youth Protection training. See the Guide to Advancement for qualifications of counselors.
Merit badge counselors who wish to receive Scouting magazine must pay a registration fee and be registered as position 42F—Merit badge counselor—with fee.
Adult applications are required of all new counselors whether they are currently registered in another position or not. Merit badge counselors are registered and approved on the district level and all applications must be approved by the district merit badge counselor coordinator before the application is entered into the BSA membership system.
Reregistering merit badge counselors must complete a new Merit Badge Counselor Information form annually for approval, but a new application is not required.