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Outstanding feat: Teenager earns all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts

Published 12/30/2008, Associated Press

NEW YORK - A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It's an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls "an almost unheard-of feat." Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge - for bugling - in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank of Eagle Scout.

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