Want to be a merit badge counselor at Troop 55?
The process is easy.  Find one or more merit badges for which you wish to become a counselor, and then contact Tevia McLaren, the troop’s Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator, or Karen Coveler, T-55's Advancement Chair.  You will need to complete the following two forms:
      1.  An adult leader registration form (if you are not already a registered leader).
      2.  A merit badge counselor information form, downloaded from this link.  (BSA form 34405)
Troop 55 requires that its counselors take Youth Protection Training.

Troop 55 has approximately 80 parents and other adults who have volunteered to serve as merit badge counselors.  Some adults have offered to be a counselor for only one or two specific merit badges, and other adults serve as a counselor for a larger number.

When you register, you can elect to serve as a counselor solely for scouts in Troop 55, or you can specify that you are willing to work with scouts from other troops.  Most other troops do not have the benefit of having so many counselors as our troop, so it is important that counselors from Troop 55 help with other scouts.  Nevertheless, it is very rare when a scout actually contacts a "stranger" from another troop to serve as his counselor.

For a listing of T-55 merit badge counselors, click here.
For a listing of other counselors in the Twin Bayou District, contact T-55's Advancement Chair.

Training
BSA has a training course called "Merit Badge Counselor Orientation".  The course can be taken online from the MyScouting website (Link).  A live version of this training is offered several times each year by the Twin Bayou District.  For training by Twin Bayou, click here for the district website.  For a website with a good guide for counselors, click here.  Counselors should also take the course entitled "This Is Scouting".

Badges, requirements & worksheets:
The official requirements for each badge are listed on BSA's website at this Link.
The U.S. Scouting Service Project website has worksheets that are helpful in completing each badge.  The requirements for each badge and those worksheets can be found at this Link.  This is an unofficial website and you should check with the BSA website to ensure you have the most current requirements.

Change of requirements:
BSA revises the requirements for a portion of the merit badges each year.  Most of these changes become effective on January 1 of the year published, although some became effective at specific dates.  In addition to these changes in the requirements, BSA intends to rewrite and reprint 15 to 20 of the merit badge pamphlets each year.  Obviously, it is important that each merit badge counselor have the most current set of requirements and pamphlet.