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She said it can be costly to do some of the activities. The SCUBA diving for example cost $300 plus the supplies, and some activities the scout has to do on his own because the other members can’t afford to do it as a group.
In the end, Pam said she was impressed with the hard work her son put in during the final stretch because there were badges added to the list.
At a glance
Jordan High senior Matt Davis earned all the Boy Scouts’ merit badges, totaling 134.
He also earned 13 palms; each palm is for every five badges earned after the Eagle rank.
For his Eagle project, Davis collected money to buy Pony Beads to donate to the children at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
Davis also attends Canyons Technical Education Center and enjoys studying graphic design and 3-D animation.
"Sometimes it felt like he wasn’t going to get there," she said. "He kept going, and it showed that the last mile is the hardest one. I was really proud that he was able to finish the work."
Brady Edwards, a Boy Scout leader, has known Davis for four years.
"He’s an extremely motivated young man," Edwards said. "He uses his motivation as his driving force."
Edwards owns a bike shop and let Davis borrow a new bike for a 50-mile ride for a merit badge.
"He got into a wreck the first ride," Edwards said. "He got back and did the 50-miler without training because he knew he had to get it done."
Davis also attends Canyons Technical Education Center, where he studies graphic design and 3D animation. Although he has his eyes set on either Brigham Young University or the University of Utah, he’s planning to serve a two-year LDS mission first.
For his last merit badge, he learned to bugle with an old instrument passed down by his grandfather from World War II. It was perhaps the appropriate challenge to cap his accomplishments as he struggled with it a lot.
"I don’t blow that well," he said.
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