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Local Boy Scout earns all 137 merit badges

16-year-old John Cabera of Rockford can officially say he’s earned them all.
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 9:47 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - There are more than a million boy scouts in the U.S. and fewer than 400 can say they’ve earned all their merit badges. Now a local teen can add that accomplishment to his resume.

16-year-old John Cabera of Rockford earned his 137th and final badge recently. He can now say he’s earned every badge the Boy Scouts of America has to offer, from hiking and leather working to theater. Cabera said it’s been quite the adventure and each badge means something to him. He said it took a lot of determination but hopes he can be an inspiration to younger scouts.

“I just see it as like a giant pile of adventures and it’s truly what scouting is - a big, giant adventure and everything has its own story and I’ve learned a skill from every single merit badge that can help me later on in life, and I never know when I can use any of this, and it’s just one, big adventure,” said Cabera.

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