Michael Carter became one of six Eagle Scouts in the United States to earn 134 merit badges in the 103-year history of the organization. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the senior at Francis Howell High School (Mo.) accomplished the ultra-rare feat in six years after his brother earned 21 merit badges to reach the Eagle rank. Carter's work is even more special considering the Boy Scouts of America created four special merit badges for the centennial year of 2010 that are no longer available.
* Carter flew a plane, scuba dived and hiked in the Rocky Mountains. He also rode a bicycle for 50 miles and made paper from scratch. The young man told the Post-Dispatch the hardest merit badge he earned was for basketry because he broke eight different baskets before getting it right.
* Over six years, Carter earned an average of 22 merit badges per year and roughly two per month. The accomplishment is similar to earning enough badges for the Eagle Scout rank six times over a career in Scouting.
* Carter is just one of seven Missourians in the history of Boy Scouts to earn the honor, according to the registry at Merit Badge Knot . In terms of 134 merit badges, the high school senior is just one of six young men to earn that many.
* The number of merit badges has grown since Scouting began. In 1922, Leon Wallace earned all 34 merit badges. By 1928 when Allan Acomb accomplished the same feat, it took 80 merit badges to do so. In 1939, Ray Anderson needed 117 merit badges to earn all of them.
* The last time a Missouri Eagle Scout received every merit badge was in 2010 when Michael Liebig of Lee's Summit earned 122 of the patches.
* KSDK reveals Carter talked to 134 different merit badge counselors along the journey. The young man became the first St. Louis-area Scout to earn every patch in 20 years. The final badge he earned was for entrepreneurship, which meant Carter had to start his own business.
* The first Missourian to accomplish the task was Michael Whitener, who got all 122 badges in 1980. Whitener was also from the St. Louis area in Arnold. Carter is from St. Charles, Mo.
* When Carter turns 19, his time in Scouting as a boy is done. He is currently a member of Boy Scout Troop 533 based at the Harvester Lion's Club in St. Charles. When the fall semester arrives, the high school senior plans to attend Missouri University for Science and Technology to major in nuclear engineering.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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