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October 15, 2008 > New Eagle Scout plans to earn every Boy Scout merit badge

New Eagle Scout plans to earn every Boy Scout merit badge

Indy Nelson, age 14, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting's highest award. In the 100 years of the program, only 49 boys have earned all merit badges; Indy plans to be the fiftieth. He now has 100 merit badges.

An active member of The Order of the Arrow (OA), The National Honor Society of Scouting, Indy has been Village Chief and elected Arrowman of the Year, 2007. This year he has moved up to a Lodge office and plans to go to Section work later.

For his Eagle Service Project, Indy planned, organized and carried out the construction of a 188 ft. railroad-tie erosion and retaining wall at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park in Castro Valley. Members of his Troop, his Sea Scout Crew, HARD employees and the OA volunteered more than 300 hours toward this effort. It was completed just under the wire, before this year's professional rodeo.

Indy is a homeschooled sophomore with a variety of additional interests. He is an active docent at Ardenwood, works as an assistant swim instructor and Jr. Lifeguard at both The Plunge and Silliman Aquatic Center, flies with the EAA at the Hayward Airport and is a member of the Fremont Coin Club. He plans to attend Cal in the future.

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