Orem DistrictAdvancementMerit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselors

Accessing the Orem Merit Badge Counselor Database Online

The "User ID" is oremmbcroster, the "Password" is: oremmbcroster.  Click on the down arrow and choose "Orem District".  Then click "Next" and you can search by Merit Badge or by Stake then click on "Search".  You may want to add this link to your favorites.  Click Here to login to the merit badge counselor database. 

What is the process for becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?

  1. Click here to download a copy of the New Adult Application, fill out and sign the application portion and sign the disclosure form. Turn in both forms to the council offices or to the District Executive in person, by mail, or by email.  You can also turn it in at Roundtable (see step 5 below).

  2. Click here to download a copy of the Merit Badge Counselor Application online. This information will be used to add you as a Merit Badge Counselor to the online database once your New Adult Applicaiton has been received, processed, and the background check has been completed by the council office.

  3. Click here to completely read through the Merit Badge Counselor Instructor's Guide. This guide will help new and potential merit badge counselors through their responsibilities in the role and will give them an understanding of the methods of counseling Scouts. It is intended as a short orientation course for new merit badge counselors before they begin working with Scouts.  It does NOT take the place of the official merit badge counselor training.

  4. Click here to complete Youth Protection training online. This is a completely online training that will take about 20 to 40 minutes to complete. This is required for all counselors to complete every other year.

  5. Attend a merit badge counselor training session.  These are held quarterly at Roundtable (March, June, September, December) or you can check with the scout office to find out where other sessions might be held.  Tammy Brunst is the district advancement chairman and is happy to train any potential counselors for a Unit or Stake (minimum of 12).  Bring any forms or paperwork that needs to be turned in to the training session.  You cannot be added to the online database until you have attended this training and turned in all of the necessary forms.  NOTE: You only need to attend merit badge counselor training once.  If you have been trained in the Orem, Utah Lake, Squaw Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, or other any other Scout district, that training is still valid and never expires.  However, you do have to be registered each year (part of rechartering) and you have to take the Youth Protection training every other year.  To see if your merit badge counselor training has been recorded, look for your name in the database and look for the green MBC date by your name.  If it's red and doesn't have a date, then your training hasn't been recorded.

  6. Once all the paperwork has been submitted, it generally takes about 2 weeks to be processed and you should be added to the online database within a month.  If your name doesn't appear within that timeframe, you can contact the scout office.  According to the directions that we have received from our District Key 3, you may begin signing merit badge cards 2 weeks after you have submitted the appropriate paperwork and have taken the appropriate classes.  But please let us know if you don't appear in the database so we can make sure that our records are accurate.

Can I train other Merit Badge Counselors?

We used to allow those who had received Merit Badge Counselor training to train others, if they felt confident doing so.  The Council has asked us to discontinue that practice.  The following documents can help you remember the things you learned in your training.  The first is a slide presentation of the points that were covered in the training and the second is the presernter's notes that go with the slide presentation.

  1. Merit Badge Counselor orientation slide presentation

  2. Merit Badge Counselor presenter's notes (that go with the above slide presentation)