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The Northeast Illinois Council’s success is based on having incredible volunteer resources to shape, council and mentor our Scouts and new volunteers. Below, you will find helpful information if you are currently serving or wish to serve in a leadership role as a merit badge counselor or mentor.  Check back as new information, training opportunities and updates become available.

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Merit Badge Counselor Information

Missed renewal as a merit badge counselor? Follow the steps for “How do I become a Merit Badge Counselor?”

How do I become a Merit Badge Counselor?

  1. Fill out an Adult Application, using Merit Badge Counselor (42) as the Position. Yes, you need to fill out an application even if you are already registered.
  2. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information Sheet. Some merit badges require you to submit additional certification. Please visit Section 7.0.1.1 to find more information.
  3. Complete Current Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org
  4. Drop off or mail in your application(s) to the council office!

Already a counselor?

  1. Make sure your Youth Protection Training is up-to date
  2. Fill out the Merit Badge Counselor information Sheet. Some merit badges require you to submit additional certification. Please visit Section 7.0.1.1 to find more information.
  3. Drop off or mail in your application(s) to the council office!

Nova Counselor Information

How do I become a Nova Counselor?

  1. Fill Out an Adult Application, using Nova Counselor (58) as the Position. Yes, you need to fill out an application even if you are already registered.
  2. Complete Current Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org
  3. Drop off or mail in your application(s) to the council office!

Where do I find a Nova Counselor?

You can find a Nova Counselor here

SuperNova Mentor Information

How do I become a SuperNova Mentor?

  1. Fill Out an Adult Application, using SuperNova (52) as the Position. Yes, you need to fill out an application even if you are already registered.
  2. Fill out the SuperNova Mentor Information Form
  3. Complete Current Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org
  4. Drop off or mail in your application(s) to the council office!

Where do I find a SuperNova Mentor?

You can find a SuperNova Mentor here

Application Process Information

Where can I turn in my application?

  1. Mail or Drop-off: 850 Forest Edge Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

What is the application approval process?

Applications are approved at the Advancement Committee Meetings held once a month during the months of August-May. Once applications are approved, they are process through the National System the first week of each month. You will receive a confirmation email when your name has been added to the list. Unit Leaders receive the updated merit badge counselor list once a month with contact information.

How do I stay current as a mentor or counselor?

If you want to drop any badges, please contact the council office.

To continue as a counselor or mentor, you will need to renew during the renewal period and make sure that you are current on your Youth Protection Training. If you do not renew, you will be dropped from the roster and will need to re-register.

If you have more questions, please contact the council office.