Andrew Felsted - Class XI and Heber City Scout Joins Elite Club, Earning All BSA Merit Badges
Andrew Felsted—Class XI and Heber City Scout, Joins Elite Club, Earning All BSA Merit Badges
Andrew Felsted of Heber City recently joined a very elite group. Over its 108-year history, only about 300 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.
When asked about this accomplishment Andrew said, “It was hard work. I had to give up a lot to reach my goal – but, it was worth it!” He also expressed appreciation for all of those who have taught, influenced and encouraged him for the past 6 years, especially his leaders from Troop 1054 in Heber City. Andrew loves being outdoors and hopes to build his future career around many of the outdoor skills that he has learned through scouting. As an honor student at Waterford, Andrew would love to attend the Coast Guard Academy or pursue a career in air- med or search and rescue. In addition to his heavy involvement with scouting, Andrew participates in the Outdoor Club at Waterford and plays the piano, trumpet, and drums. He also runs long distances including two half marathons and one full marathon.