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Merit Badge Counselor Age Requirement

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On the adult leader application form (http://www.scouting.org/forms/28-501.pdf), it says "All leaders must be 21 years of age or older, except assistant Scoutmaster, assistant den leaders, assistant Cubmaster, assistant Webelos den leaders, and assistant Varsity Scout coaches, who must be 18 or older." One of the position codes on the form is for merit badge counselor. This would lead me to believe that a merit badge counselor must be 21.


But on the merit badge counselor information form (http://www.scouting.org/forms/34405.pdf), it says "you must be at least 18 years old."


So what age limit do you use?


Oak Tree

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The age is 18. The adult registration form is used but the age limits on that form doesn't apply to Merit Badge Counselors because MBC's aren't considered leaders. If the only position one is applying for is Merit Badge Counselor, no fee is collected with the application.



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