All or Nothing – Local Scout Beats Cancer, Then Completes All 138 Merit Badges
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Andrew Felsted
Andrew Felsted
Special to the Wave

Andrew Felsted of Heber City recently joined a very elite group. Over its 108-year history, its estimated that between 300-400 youth have earned all of the Boy Scouts of America’s merit badges. In 2014, after reading an article about a scout who had accomplished this, 12-year-old Andrew set the same goal. Nearly five years, thousands of hours, and 138 merit badges later; 17-year-old Felsted has earned every merit badge offered by BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America currently offers 137 merit badges in areas ranging from art to farm mechanics, automotive maintenance to drafting and model design. Each merit badge is designed to teach and enrich the scout by providing a structure in which to learn about, explore, and develop a basic proficiency in the subject. Felsted earned all of the current merit badges, plus one-Computers-that has since been retired.

“Andrew is an extraordinary young man; says one of his former Scout advisors Kimberly Gilboy. “He epitomizes the Scout Law as one who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. He had a pretty rough start in life, and used those experiences to become a very humble, compassionate, and determined young man,”

Said Felsted’s former scoutmaster Adam Hicken, “Andrew does not have the words ‘Give Up or Quit’ in his vocabulary. Once he sets his mind on something he will not stop until he is finished or f...

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