Four hundred volunteer instructors are being sought to participate in the 33rd annual Merit Badge Powwow to be held Nov. 5, 12 and 19 on the Brigham Young University and Utah Valley Community College campuses in cooperation with the Utah National Parks Boy Scout Council.

Wilford Tolman, chairman of the instructors, says this year's powwow is expected to be the largest merit badge effort of its kind in the nation. It will bring more than 3,000 Scouts from local and outlying areas of Utah - and some from Arizona and California - to the two campuses.More than 90 percent of 1987's instructors were students, and half of those were women, Tolman said. Merit badge counselors do not need to have teaching experience, just an interest and background in one of the 52 merit badge areas. They will need to teach from 8 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on each of the three Saturdays. BYU will provide instructor's kits and merit badge pamphlets to help in teaching.

For information on teaching, call Tolman at 378-6308 or 225-3888.

The purpose of the powwow is to give each Scout an opportunity to preview a number of fields of study and give Scouts in outlying areas more opportunity for advancement within the Scouting program.

Teachers are especially needed in the following areas: American heritage, animal science, architecture, art, atomic energy, energy, engineering, genealogy, journalism, landscape architecture, law, mammals, metals engineering, salesmanship, space exploration and veterinary science.