Georgia Teen Becomes Ultimate Boy Scout, Making History by Receiving All 137 Merit Badges

by Keeli Parkey

There are many dedicated Boy Scouts out there. However, one Georgia teen definitely stands out from the crowd. This impressive youngster has gone above and beyond in his dedication to scouting.

And, according to The Daily Mail, this Boy Scout has earned every single merit badge available from the famous organization. That’s 137 total merit badges!

So, who is this dedicated scout?

He is 16-year-old Omkar Tamhane of Forsyth County, Georgia. And in earning all 137 merit badges, Tamhane has joined a very exclusive club. He is now a member of a group of fewer than 500 individuals who have also achieved the same impressive feat.

The famous organization has been in existence for 111 years. There have been more than 110 million scouts during that time. So, when you look at what Omkar has accomplished through that lens, it is all the more impressive.

Unsurprisingly, this Boy Scout’s family is very impressed by his work and dedication. “I’m really proud of him. I just say it’s a journey. It’s 137 — all totally different subjects,” Omkar’s father, Ashish Tamnhan shared.

Omkar’s history with the Boy Scouts goes all the way back to when he was in the second grade. It was during that year that he joined Troop 27. That troop is part of the Atlanta Area Council, Northern Ridge District. During the fall of 2019, Omkar began an Eagle Scout. This is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.

The Final Badge Earned by Omkar Tamhane Was for Backpacking

Omkar earned merit badge number 137 earlier in 2021. This was the badge for backpacking. The teenager earned this badge by backpacking in Cimarron, New Mexico, at the Philmont Scout Ranch. This was a very fun experience for the dedicated Boy Scout.

“It was truly amazing to backpack in New Mexico. I spent 14 days with my Troop, and I met people from all across America,” he said during an interview with the Forsyth County News.

In another interview, Omkar urged other youngsters to join the Boy Scouts. “Honestly, I feel like anyone can complete this. It’s truly an eye-opening journey,” the teen told WSB-TV Atlanta.

What he has accomplished is not lost on this 16-year-old. “It’s been truly amazing to earn all the merit badges and go through all the different steps required to earn all of these,” Omkar also said during this interview.

Looking to the future, Omkar Tamhane hopes to enter the medical field. He also wants to do what he can to aid his community. During the summer of 2022, he hopes to take part in Sea Base. This would give him the opportunity to live on a boat for one week.

Merit badges mark a Boy Scout’s experience in a variety of endeavors. These include public speaking, nuclear science, canoeing, programming, engineering, fire safety, and even moviemaking.