Local Boy Scout, Andrew Bonney, received his Eagle Scout Award, capping his quest to earn all 130 merit badges currently offered through the Boy Scouts of America.
From the Horsemanship merit badge on the beach of the Indian Ocean to the Small Boat Sailing badge at Lake Garda in Italy to the Hiking badge while conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, Andrew completed his Eagle Scout requirements and earned all 130 merit badges in just two years and five months.
At 13 years and five months, Bonney is one of the youngest ever to do so. A rare feat by any measurable standard, Andrew’s torrid pace of achievement equates to earning more than 4 merit badges per month.“We are very proud of Andrew’s accomplishment. More importantly, the skills he has learned will help him be prepared for any challenges life sends his way, stated “Les Baron, Scout Executive/ CEO of the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Recently affiliated with Troop 921 in White Plains, MD, Bonney comes from a military family of 14 children with a strong Scouting tradition - his two older brothers are also Eagle Scouts. Nationally, only 5% of Scouts reach the rank of Eagle; of these, less than ½ of 1% complete every merit badge available nationally.