Forsyth County

Forsyth County teen earns every Boy Scout merit badge possible

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — All of us can do some things. But Omkar Tamhane, 16, can do everything.

“Honestly, I feel like anyone can complete this. It’s truly an eye-opening journey,” Omkar said.

Omkar is an Eagle Scout. But not just any Eagle Scout. He has the vest to prove it.

“Cooking, archery, theatre, camping, canoeing, search and rescue,” Omkar explained as he pointed to the patches on his vest to Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen.

“I’m really proud of him. I just say it’s a journey. It’s 137 — all totally different subjects,” his dad Ashish said.


Omkar has earned 137 merit badges — all of the badges a scout can earn.

In the 111-year history of scouting, and 110 million scouts during that time, fewer than 500 have done it.

Starting in the second grade as a Cub Scout, Omkar has now kayaked, canoed, waterskied, fished, backpacked and so on, to the top of the scouting heap.

“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 said.

In case you’re wondering if Omkar can start a campfire by rubbing two sticks together — he’s been there, done that.


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