Scripps Ranch High School Graduate Earns 135 Merit Badges
Patrick Barnsley, 17, a member of Troop 648 in Rancho Peñasquitos, and a recent graduate of Scripps Ranch High School, has achieved a goal that only 201 scouts have ever achieved. He has earned all of the merit badges offered by Boy Scouts. Compared to the more than two million boys who have earned the Eagle rank, this is a rare accomplishment. And according to meritbadgeknot.com, Patrick is one of only six who have earned a total of 135 merit badges including four Centennial Anniversary badges brought back temporarily to celebrate 100 years of Scouting (Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding and Carpentry), as well as recently added badges including Welding, Search and Rescue, Kayaking and Game Design. Scuba, his last badge earned, was the most difficult and costly because open water scuba certification was required.
Additionally, Patrick was the 27th scout in the nation, and the first in San Diego to earn the National Outdoor Achievement Medal, as well as the VFW Scout of the Year Award. He has earned the Kodiak Leadership and Order of the Arrow Brotherhood awards and also recently received the Pope Pius XII Catholic Scouting award. Patrick has served as a Junior Assistant Scout Master for the past three years, and will work at Mataguay Scout Reservation as the Outdoor Program Director this summer before college.