Merit Badge Counselor List

(Eagle Required in Bold)

Astronomy
John Evans

Aviation
Mike O’Koniewski

Backpacking
Max Maier
Don Halpin  

Camping
John Evans

Canoeing
Max Maier

Chess
Max Maier

Citizenship in the Community
Mike O’Koniewski

Citizenship in the Nation
Larry Miller
Mike O’Koniewski

Citizenship in the World
Larry Miller
Mike O’Koniewski

Climbing
Max Maier

Coin Collecting
Max Maier

Communication
Larry Miller 

Cooking
• ***Counselor needed***

Cycling
 Dennis Bland

Digital Technology
Steven Dunning

Electricity
John Evans

Electronics
John Evans

Emergency Preparedness
Larry Miller
Don Halpin  

Environmental Science
Steven Dunning

Family Life
• ***Counselor needed***

First Aid
Don Halpin  

Fishing
John Evans

Hiking
Max Maier

Kayaking
Max Maier
Don Halpin  

Lifesaving
***Counselor needed***

Music
• Steve Kupsky

Personal Fitness
• ***Counselor needed***

Personal Management
• ***Counselor needed***

Programming
Steven Dunning

Public Speaking
John Evans

Stamp Collecting
Max Maier

Sustainability
Steven Dunning
Don Halpin  

Swimming
***Counselor needed***

(Updated to 3-24-17 GSLAC list)

                If you haven’t yet, won’t you consider merit badge counseling?  Everyone can do it.  The steps are simple:

  1. Register as a Scouter (with proper signatures of Form 524-501),
  2. Update or certify your YPT online,
  3. Select the topics (list attached) you enjoy,
  4. Fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Application (Application attached) for each subject, and
  5. Submit it to Dee Jerashen at the Council office.
    (dee.jerashen@scouting.org or 618-207-6410)
    Our District Executive will sign your applications and forward them to GSLAC for inclusion into the Counselor database.

Here are a few notes on the subject of merit badge counseling:

  • This is an opportunity to pass on your expertise or passion for a career, interest, or hobby.
  • There are 137 merit badge topics ready to go.  The teaching programs are all laid out.
  • There are a myriad of resources, including:
    • Merit Badge Books with everything anyone would need to know about the topic,
    • A specific list of requirements for each merit badge,
    • Worksheets to help Scouts follow a prescribed program in meeting requirements,
    • Online Powerpoint presentations, put together by experienced counselors,
    • Online Youtube videos, etc.
    • You can tailor a program to the limits of your own creativity as long as the Scout meets the requirements
  • Merit Badge Requirements
    • Are specific:
      • There’s not much discernment required.
      • Either Scouts meet them or they don’t.
    • Don’t just start off with the word “describe.”
      • All subjects have performance requirements starting with words like “Do” and “Demonstrate.”
    • Counselors need only:
      • Be 21 or over
      • Registered as an Adult Scouter
      • Current on Youth Protection Training – this is an easy 20 minute program at the National BSA website.
      • Fill out an application and submit to Council (Belleville office)
      • There is no cost to apply
    • Merit Badge Counseling takes very little time.
      • A counselor for several merit badges might have 8-10 consults per year.
        • Consults can take place a half hour before a Troop Meeting – when you are already in the mode of bringing your son to a meeting.
      • Consults can be done in groups and in fact this is encouraged.
      • You can counsel up to four merit badges, per Council rules.
        • The benefits of passing on what you know:
        • Are immeasurable.
        • You will get much more out this program than what you will put into it.
        • You are sure to find subjects you know and enjoy.
        • You may likely end up as a role model or as a mentor to a youth you introduce to a career or hobby.
      • All details, including a video on Merit Badge Counselor Training, are at the Troop website “Welcome Materials” page.
      • If you have questions, please see or contact Wes Searcy who would be more than happy to talk to you and help you through the process.

The 30 minute video below details the entire process and subject of merit badge counseling.  It does an excellent job of answering many questions about the subject.

Thanks again for all you do for Troop 216!!!