Youth Protection Training and Merit Badge Counselor Training
Scouting requires all of the adults to receive BSA Youth Protection training and attend Merit Badge Counselor Training.
As of January 1, 2002 nobody can be a Merit Badge Counselor without being trained in the BSA Youth Protection program.
As of January 1, 2006 nobody can be a Merit Badge Counselor without having attended the Merit Badge Counselor Training session.
Scoutmasters are NOT automaticly a Merit Badge Counselors for some Merit Badges! Everyone has to apply -- and be approved -- before counseling for Merit Badges.