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A Boy Scout and a patch are the most perfect paring. They are intertwined and bound by honor and tradition. We were reminded of this special bond between a boy scout and their patches when we stumbled upon an article about two brothers. We wanted to share their story and take a look into the history of the merit badge and explore the different types of merit badges worn by today’s boy scouts.

Introducing Sean and Eric Grapin

Sean and Eric Grapin are brothers from Virginia. Not only do they share a brotherly bond but they also share a love and passion for all things boy scout. The brothers belong to Troop 345 in Vienna, Virginia. After noticing a poster of all the merit badges , the brothers became intrigued and decided that they wanted to earn all 135 merit badges. There was only one problem, Sean the younger brother was just nine years old. He would have to wait until his 10th birthday to join the Boy Scouts. Eric already earned 40 badges, so Sean would somehow have to catch up to his older brother.

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Sean’s birthday finally arrived and he wasted no time! He worked vigorously and tirelessly to make up for lost time. During his first year as a Boy Scout, he earned 104 merit badges. Both brothers achieved their goal. They both earned 135 merit badges.

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These brothers are truly amazing. They represent everything that a Boy Scout is, determined, diligent and thrifty.

History of Merit Badges

Merit Badges have expanded over time. They were first introduced on August 1, 1907, in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the merit badge was to introduce potential occupations and interests to the scouts. Having the scouts participate in activities, allows them to be exposed to something that they may have not had the opportunity to explore before. The exercises allow scouts to become well rounded individuals and contributing members of society.

Different Types of Merit Badges

There are a variety of merit badges that a Boy Scout can receive.

Below is a list of merit badges one can obtain:

  1. American Business
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Archaeology
  7. Archery
  8. Architecture
  9. Art
  10. Astronomy
  11. Athletics
  12. Automotive Maintenance
  13. Aviation
  14. Backpacking
  15. Basketry
  16. Bird Study
  17. Bugling
  18. Camping
  19. Canoeing
  20. Chemistry
  21. Chess
  22. Cinematography
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communication
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Cooking
  32. Crime Prevention
  33. Cycling
  34. Dentistry
  35. Digital Technology
  36. Disabilities Awareness
  37. Dog Care
  38. Drafting
  39. Electricity
  40. Electronics
  41. Emergency Preparedness
  42. Energy
  43. Engineering
  44. Entrepreneurship
  45. Environmental Science
  46. Family Life
  47. Farm Mechanics
  48. Fingerprinting
  49. Fire Safety
  50. First Aid
  51. Fish and Wildlife Management
  52. Fishing
  53. Fly Fishing
  54. Forestry
  55. Game Design
  56. Gardening
  57. Genealogy
  58. Geocaching
  59. Geology
  60. Golf
  61. Graphic Arts
  62. Hiking
  63. Home Repairs
  64. Horsemanship
  65. Indian Lore
  66. Insect Study
  67. Inventing
  68. Journalism
  69. Kayaking
  70. Landscape Architecture
  71. Law
  72. Leatherwork
  73. Lifesaving
  74. Mammal Study
  75. Medicine
  76. Metalwork
  77. Mining in Society
  78. Model Design and Building
  79. Motorboating
  80. Moviemaking
  81. Music
  82. Nature
  83. Nuclear Science
  84. Oceanography
  85. Orienteering
  86. Painting
  87. Personal Fitness
  88. Personal Management
  89. Pets
  90. Photography
  91. Pioneering
  92. Plant Science
  93. Plumbing
  94. Pottery
  95. Programming
  96. Public Health
  97. Public Speaking
  98. Pulp and Paper
  99. Radio
  100. Railroading
  101. Reading
  102. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  103. Rifle Shooting
  104. Robotics
  105. Rowing
  106. Safety
  107. Salesmanship
  108. Scouting Heritage
  109. Scholarship
  110. Scuba Diving
  111. Sculpture
  112. Search & Rescue
  113. Shotgun Shooting
  114. Skating
  115. Small-Boat Sailing
  116. Snow Sports
  117. Soil and Water Conservation
  118. Space Exploration
  119. Sports
  120. Stamp Collecting
  121. Surveying
  122. Sustainability
  123. Swimming
  124. Textile
  125. Theater
  126. Traffic Safety
  127. Truck Transportation
  128. Veterinary Medicine
  129. Water Sports
  130. Weather
  131. Welding
  132. Whitewater
  133. Wilderness Survival
  134. Wood Carving
  135. Woodwork

List Courtesy of Wiki

The Boy Scouts of America are a one of a kind organization. They have created generations of responsible boys who have turned into well established men. We salute you and your efforts. Scouts honor!