The merit badge program is one of Boy Scouting's basic character-developing tools. Earning merit badges gives a boy the kind of confidence that comes from learning and developing skills to achieve a goal.
The PowWow classes are taught by experts in a group setting, along with merit badge counselors who work with Scouts. Remember, Scouts must complete all merit badge requirements in addition to attending group instruction.
* These merit badges have at least one requirement that must be completed before the BYU Merit Badge PowWow. Please view the worksheet beforehand to see which requirements will need extra time to complete.
Volunteering at the PowWow is simple and fun. Every PowWow, thousands of Boy Scouts come to learn and complete merit badges from our classes and teachers. All we need you to do is help the teachers in each class by taking roll, handing out papers, and signing off merit badges.
PowWow takes place on August 7 & August 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. By participating each day and attending an important training meeting, each volunteer earns an easy 10 hours of service along with free brunch each Saturday and a t-shirt. You do not need any previous scouting experience to help out.
To volunteer, email us at email@example.com or call us at 801-422-5080. We will be able to answer all your questions and fill you in on all you need to know. The training meeting will be Thursday, August 2 . (time & location TBA). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact us as soon as possible.
If you can help:
Adult Counselor Application
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requires that all adults who work with Scouts be approved merit badge counselors, 18 years of age or older, and have read and agreed to the “Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America,” “Excerpt from the Declaration of Religious Principle,” and “Leadership Requirements” listed below. As mentioned in Step 2 above, you are required to complete a counselor application form and bring it to the BYU PowWow Office in 116 HCEB. The BSA counselor application form is due no later than Thursday, October 9, 2017. Bring it directly to 116 HCEB.
Excerpt from the Declaration of Religious Principle
The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God, and therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. The Boy Scouts of America’s policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.
The merit badge counselor must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. The applicant must also be 18 years of age or older, subscribe to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law.
Your commitment is to be a counselor for THREE class periods on Saturday mornings, March 10 & March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will assist up to 20 Scouts per class. You will serve for a total of ten hours (a one-hour training session, and two mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Your building and room assignments will be printed on the counselor packet that will be given at the counselor training meeting (see Step 3 above).
If for some unforeseen reason you can’t make it to your assignment, please call the BYU PowWow Office at 801-422-5080 as soon as possible.
NOTE: Please DO NOT contact the Scout office with any questions about the BYU Merit Badge PowWow. Please call the appropriate number listed below with any questions.