ST. MATTHEWS — You name it, Griffin Creekmore has probably done it.
The 17-year-old has earned every single merit badge Boy Scouts of America has to offer, and he’s not done yet. The young man has until Nov. 29, when he turns 18, before his journey ends.
It’s been a journey filled with adventure, learning life skills and having experiences that many youths his age haven’t. Creekmore has 135 colorful round patches to prove it.
“I just like doing my best at everything,” said Creekmore, who participates in several school sports and is on the chess team, performs well academically, plays the saxophone and piano, and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and at church.
His achievement is highly unusual. While scouting.org states some 2,209,000 young men have been named Eagle Scouts since 1911, the number earning all the badges available to them is less than 200, according to meritbadgeknot.com, a site that celebrates that specific accomplishment by Boy Scouts.
Creekmore is a member of Troop 202 in Brunswick, Ga., which is part of the Okefenokee Area Council but has been a guest of Indian Waters Council’s Troop 428 at First Baptist Church of St. Matthews since transferring in fall 2011 to Calhoun Academy, where he plans to graduate in spring 2014.
While his parents, Lisa and Ken Creekmore, still live in Brunswick, Griffin Creekmore stays during the school year with his grandparents in St. Matthews so he can attend the smaller school and have more opportunities to play football, basketball and baseball.
So how does one go about earning badges in everything from archaeology to bugling to emergency preparedness, fly-fishing, home repairs, kayaking, pottery, robotics and snow sports?
“I got most of mine for going to a bunch of summer camps,” Creekmore said. “I go to three, four summer camps a year,” paid for mostly through funds he raises during the Boy Scouts’ annual popcorn sales.
Only 21 merit badges are required to earn Eagle Scout status. Creekmore earned that status in spring 2011, when he was 15, by coordinating and overseeing new landscaping at Glyndale Baptist Church.
He has barely slowed down since.