Eagle Scout has badge sash 7 badges wide

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    UNDATED (CBS) -- The Boy Scouts' National Jamboree is now underway in West Virginia. If you're familiar with scouting, you know there are Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and then the cream of the crop: the Eagle Scout. But here we introduce you to an Eagle Scout with bragging rights few have ever matched.

    Patrick Barnsley is what you would affectionately call an over-achiever. He says, "I like to stay busy. A lot of times I'm quadruple booked for most things."

    He also likes to stay modest. But to see just how busy he's been, just survey his sash. Yeah, this 17-year-old has a bounty of badges. He says, "This center part, which has 3 across, is the original sash. And then I slowly expanded out to my seven-wide now."

    He's earned 135 badges, each representing a skill he's mastered during his seven years in scouting. Barnsley explains, "This is the canoeing merit badge. It also sets you up for the kayaking merit badge, the rowing merit badge, small boat sailing merit badge, pretty much any aquatic merit badge."

    In case you are keeping score, he has every possible merit badge offered by the boy scouts of America. Barnsley is one of just 201 Eagle Scouts to ever exhaust these emblems. And he's one of 110 million kids who have gone through scouting programs since 1910. Scout Master Ron Lawrence says, "Merit badges are showing scouts a little flavor of all of life. Every year they try to add a few more and they're trying to keep up with life as we see it changing every day."

    Since 1911, the Boy Scouts have been adding new merit badges and discontinuing others. Of the more than 130 badges currently in use, 27 have been around for over a century including archery, horsemanship, and bugling. Among the newest additions to the list is gaming, search and rescue, nuclear science, and welding. Barnlsey says, "I think metalwork and welding were probably one of the oddest merit badges. I didn't think those merit badges existed when I first heard about them."

    This summer, Patrick is a director at a Scout Ranch outside of San Diego, where he'll be showing that sash to inspire young scouts in their own quest for merit badges.
    If there was a merit badge for making the rest of us feel like slackers he'd have that too.

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