WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — One Texoma Eagle Scout became the first Boy Scout Northwest Texas Council member to earn every merit badge possible.
That’s 137 to be exact! Well over the 21 required to become an eagle scout.
“I think you should probably try to earn them all,” Braiden Eccleston said his step-dad told him. “And I was like, you know what, that’s not a bad idea, I’ll go ahead and try.”
And Braiden tried alright…
“The past four years has just been badge after badge after badge,” Eccleston said. “I felt accomplished.”
Earning every single merit badge the Boy Scouts has to offer, all 137 of them.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me really,” Eccleston said.
Boy Scouts began over 110 years ago, in that time there have been 110 million Boy Scouts.
2.5 million of them earned the 21 merit badges required to become an eagle scout.
But this is where it gets impressive, out of the 2.5 million eagles scouts, Only 459 have completed this feat… of ALL-TIME!
“We don’t know of another scout in our council that has achieved anything like that,” Boy Scouts Northwest Texas Council Scout Executive & CEO Greg Brownfield said. “So it was neat to grow from just when I got here in ’16 to now.”
Braiden attended summer camps and any event he could to earn merit badges over the last six years.
Scuba diving, small boat sailing, painting, surveying and so much more… Knowledge and skills he’ll utilize for the rest of his life.
“You kind of just commit it to memory, you don’t really think back to it but it’s because of those merit badges that you know skills,” Eccleston said.
Braiden couldn’t do it all by himself through, all the scouts and leaders of Troop 11, along with the help of his family, did all they could to make this happen.
“I know I had a lot of help and without that help, I think I’d struggle a whole lot more than I did and maybe not would have earned all 137 merit badges,” Eccleston said.
Every last badge, propelling Braiden into Northwest Texas Council history.
And Eccleston plans to stick, applying to become the assistant scoutmaster for his troop, Troop 11.
BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — A senior at Burkburnett High School and Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America has made history in the Northwest Texas Council by accomplishing a feat few Scouts have ever accomplished.
Braiden Eccleston, Eagle Scout of Troop 11, is the first and only scout in the Northwest Texas Council to earn all 137 offered in Scouting by Boy Scouts of America.
Eccleston began his scouting career in Cub Scouts during grade school and recently earned the highest rank in scouting at Eagle Scout, which requires 21 merit badges.
Eccleston said a conversation with his stepdad is what motivated him to achieve the lofty goal of earning all 137 badges.
“I was always called an over-achiever by fellow Scouts when I would earn 10-plus badges at each Court of Honor,” Eccleston said. “As I started to earn more, Allen, my stepdad, brought it to my attention that I could actually go ahead and try to earn all of them.”
And that’s exactly what Eccleston did, accomplishing something few have ever achieved and earning a place among the elites.
According to Meritbadgeknot.org, the unofficial listing of Scouts progress, over 110 million youth have been involved in Boy Scouts since 1910.
Of those, 2.5 million have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor all its own.
But of those 2.5 million Eagle Scouts, only 459 scouts have earned all 137 merit badges.
Please find the press release from Boy Scouts of America — Northwest Texas Council below: