Local Eagle Scout Makes History

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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One local Eagle Scout it getting his name added to a very prestigious list.

Jeremy Ebert is only the second person from Kansas to earn all possible merit badges, and joins just under 200 others in the entire United States.

For Jeremy, it wasn't about the notoriety that comes along with this feat, but rather the knowledge he acquired in the process.

"From snow sports to cinematography and coin collections, it goes all the way around the map when it comes to merit badges," said Eagle Scout Jeremy Ebert.

And 18-year-old Ebert has done it all, earning every merit badge possible: 134 of them to be exact.

"It's incredible for one scout to show the initiative it takes to actually achieve completing all merit badges," said Troop 626 Scout Master Mark Esslinger.

Less than 200 scouts have accomplished this in U.S. history and Jeremy is only the second Kansas scout to earn all possible badges.
Even more impressive is that he completed this task in just over two years.

"We totaled it to where I had to earn 12.5 merit badges every court of honor, court of honor for us is quarterly," Ebert said.

His favorite badge to complete was scuba diving, but others, like cycling didn't come as easy.

"One of the hard things about earning all the merit badges is you've got to be able to overcome adversity," Ebert said.

Jeremy knows about overcoming obstacles from experience.
He has palsy in his left hand, which did cause some issues.

"Anything I had to grip something with my left hand or do something with my left hand generally posed a bit of a problem," Ebert said.

But he worked around this, and even discovered a different archery method that worked better for him.

"When it comes to getting something, I try to use every resource I can," Ebert said.

And Jeremy's determination seems to be rubbing off on his fellow scouts.

"The younger scouts see him and all those merit badges on that sash, and their eyes really light every quarter," Esslinger said. "So there's a couple of them that promise to get them all too."

Jeremy completed his last merit badge just in time, just three days before the cut-off of his 18th birthday.

Now that he has finished his badges, Jeremy wants to help others achieve the same. He has plans to either become a scout master or a merit badge counselor.


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