Boy Scout extraordinaire
In Boy Scouts of America, Scouts earn merit badges to gain knowledge and skills and to advance in rank. Because many merit badges require a good deal of work and often written requirements as well, it’s a rare achievement for a Boy Scout to earn every merit badge available, but that’s just what Connor Crowe did. Connor spoke with the View about achieving 142 badges as a member of Georgetown Troop 405:
Was your goal earning all of the merit badges?
Not initially. My dad pushed me to attend all the events and was really supportive. We even went on a family vacation to Colorado so that I could get a Snow Sports merit badge. So I went to every possible merit badge event that our scoutmaster told us about. Eventually, I had so many that I decided to go for all of them.
What motivated you?
I just really enjoyed Boy Scouts more than any other activity. Everything in Scouting is fun—the service projects, camp outs, and just hanging out with the guys. There isn’t a dull moment.
What were some unusual merit badges you earned?
There were some that when I heard about them for the first time, I thought, “Is this really a merit badge?” They were just so weird, like Truck Transportation, Stamp Collecting, Composite Materials, and Textiles.
What was the hardest?
Signaling! It was a very diverse merit badge about communicating using nontraditional methods. I had to be able to receive, understand, and reply in Morse code. It was like learning a whole new language.
How do you think earning the badges will affect you long-term?
We had a paramedic and a doctor in our troop who helped me with Public Health and Medicine merit badges. They encouraged me in the path I’m taking. And now I’m a pre-med student at Baylor University.