Here’s a good story we missed back in September. This is one more example of outstanding achievement by a good kid, a Scout, that slips by largely unremarked.
Amarillo Scout Coleman Carter got his 121st merit badge in his troop’s court of honor. He had earned his Eagle Rank in September 2004.
Carter’s 121st badge? Bugling. He doesn’t play the trumpet or bugle, so it was difficult. Bugling was also the last badge earned by the New York Scout, Shawn Goldsmith. Is this a trend? My recollection is that at least one other member of 121-Merit Badge Club got bugling last.
Earning every merit badge in the book is just one of Carter’s achievements, however. He’s a National Merit Scholar, ranked #1 in his class at Tascosa High School, and studentbody president. You can read several of his acheivements here, in the Amarillo Globe-News — and remember, this was before his junior year (he’s a senior this year).
Coleman is a member of Troop 87, sponsored by St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Amarillo is in the Golden Spread Council, BSA, which serves the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
Mr. Coleman is not the first to accomplish this feat, nor will he be the last, I suspect. I do wish that troops, districts and councils would do more to spread the news of such outstanding feats by Scouts. A press release kept online, with photos, would have been nice. (While we’re ranting, would it be so difficult for the Amarillo Globe-News to put its name on its website? Or has the Globe-News gone out of business?)