Of the thousands who wear the Scout uniform, only a small percentage earn the program's most storied honor -- the Eagle Award. For many young men in the Church, Scouting comes to an end when their mothers pin the Eagle Award on the pocket of their uniforms. But others continue, enjoying the myriad opportunities Scouting offers to all young men.
San Diego, Calif., native Alex Teemsma went far beyond the minimum requirements for his Eagle Award by earning all 121 merit badges offered in Scouting. He recently earned his final badge -- backpacking.