Restrict Scout access to merit badge counselors

Is there a way to restrict access to the MBC list? We want to allow leaders to view this information but we want Scouts to request this information AFTER they have received approval for starting a specific MB. Some Scouts are too young, not ready, etc and we don’t want them to contact a MBC without prior approval and a signed blue card.

Also, +1 on the MBC privilege that was mentioned in another post. Nice for non-leaders who are MBC’s to have limited access.


The advancement coordinator just filled out our MBC list in trooptrack. One of the troop members that has a district level position in scouts sent an email noting that scouts should NOT be allowed to have access to the MBC per guidelines. Can this be made into a privilege so that the guidelines are followed?

I went looking and found it in the guidelines documentation: PAGE 48 Web-Based Counselor Lists
Online counselor lists present a number of challenges.
They should only be placed on official council websites
that conform to the National Council guidelines at
Give attention to protecting counselor privacy. Limit
access to those who have merit badge–related
responsibilities, such as advancement committee
members and chairs, or unit leaders and selected
assistants. Scouts should not have access. Their
interaction with the Scoutmaster in discussing work
on a badge, and obtaining a counselor’s name,
is an important part of the merit badge plan. Unit Counselor Lists
Units may establish their own lists of counselors, who
may or may not opt to work with youth in other units. This
may be necessary in wide geographic areas. It can also
be helpful to have ready counselors for the most popular
badges. Recognize, however, that Scouts learn from the
perspectives of counselors outside their own troop. Note
that all merit badge counselors, including those serving
only one unit, must be registered and be approved by the
council (or district, if authorized) advancement committee.
Due to concerns about merit badge counselor privacy,
and since Scouts should receive the names and contact
information from the Scoutmaster, unit counselor lists
should not be made available to Scouts online.

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