Harrison County Student Fisher Rector Earns All 142 Merit Badges Offered by Boy Scouts

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | August 29, 2016
On August 22,  Fisher Rector of Boy Scout 40 in Bridgeport  was awarded his final merit badges marking his distinction of having earned every merit badge available through the Boy Scouts of America.  Rector is also an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow – a national Scout Honor Society.

Numbering 142 in all, the merit badges cover such diverse topics from American Business to Woodwork.  Included in the merit badges are four historical merit badges which the Boy Scouts brought out of retirement in 2010, in connection with the 100th anniversary of scouting in America.  These four badges include Carpentry, Path Finding, Tracking, and Signaling and they were retired at the conclusion of the centennial year of Scouting.

Since becoming a Boy Scout in 2010, Rector has attended Merit Badge Universities and Colleges sponsored by various Boy Scout Councils and Troops all over the Eastern United States -- giving up many of his weekends and summer free time in order to pursue his goal.  Over the last three years, he has attended several weeks of Boy Scout Summer Camp to continue his goal to earn all of the merit badges. 
Rector has also completed treks at all four of the Boy Scout’s National High Adventure Bases -- Philmont in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Canada, Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys, and the Bechtel Summit in West Virginia.  In addition, he has participated in the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at Philmont and the National Boy Scout Jamboree in July of 2013, which was held at the Summit.  Rector attended the 23rd World Scout Jamboree last year in Japan.

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