It’s not very often that a scout earns all the 137 Merit Badges that the Boys Scouts of America has to offer. According to “Merit Badge Knot”, an internet site that keeps track of such things, there are only 427 recorded scouts out of the millions that have been involved with scouting since 1910 that have earned all of them. Bailey Ferrugia of Eatontown, New Jersey, (Monmouth Council BSA) is the 425th.
Bailey’s journey in scouting started in Cub Scouts when he was 6-years old. Bailey excelled in Cub Scouting earning all the belt loops and adjoining pins from the "Sports & Academic Program", as well as the (then known as) "Webelos” pins, earning the "Arrow Of Light", the Super Achiever Award and a plaque from his Council. Bailey was a member of Cub Scout Pack 52-Eatontown and later became a member of Boys Scout Troop 49-Eatontown.
At 11 years old, Bailey’s scouting adventures were just getting started with a personal goal of earning all the merit badges that the BSA had to offer. On visits to the local scout store, Bailey would stand in front of the merit badge display case and decide what he wanted to work on next. By the time Bailey was 16 he had earned Eagle Scout status which included 21 required badges as well as his service project. Baileys project was “Project Remember” in honor of fallen soldiers at Wampum Veterans Memorial Park in Eatontown. Visitors to the area can stop by the Park which is just off Route 35 in downtown Eatontown. The project had a cost of $110,167.00, had 738 volunteer hours worked, with 97 volunteers, which earned Bailey the Eagle Scout Service Project Of The Year from Monmouth Council. Baileys favorite badge was Welding, as he and his father restore old cars together. Bailey did Computers merit badge before it was retired so he earned a total of 138 merit badges.
Bailey has made friends with other Scouts from all over the world. His Scouting adventures have taken him to The World Jamboree in Japan, to Reykjavik, Iceland, the Order Of The Arrow Conclave in Puerto Rico, dog sledding at the border of Canada, hiking the Rockies in New Mexico, doing Community Service in West Virginia, in the Bahamas sailing with a troop from Iowa, And Much More!!!
Bailey is very active in his community with over 700 volunteer hours for Saint Dorothea’s Church and Food Pantry, Eatontown Food Co-op, Eatontown Knights Of Columbus, Eatontown Lions Club, Eatontown Youth Committee, Monmouth Council Camp Builders, Na Tsi HI Lodge 71 as Chairman of Cheerful Service, (where he is also Vigil Honor, OA Summit Experience, planting trees here in the United States and with the US. Ambassador to Iceland planting trees in Reykjavik. Most recently Bailey flew to Normandy, France to attend memorial services for the 75th Anniversary of "D" Day.
Bailey’s other activities included playing baseball, running track and a Varsity bowler since Freshmen year (and team Captain). Bailey was on Student Council since freshman year and more recently its Vice President, and the Liaison to the Board Of Education. He is also a member of SADD, Key Club, Heroes and Cool Kids, Student Leaders and Assistant Principals and The National Honor Society. Bailey is NJ Grand Lodge of masons NJ Scout of the Year as well as Eatontown Elks Citizen of the Year, and is the first recipient of the Eatontown Mayor's Community Service Medal.
Recently, Bailey attended The Summit in West Virginia for the 24th World Jamboree….this time as an adult leader (Assistant Scout Master) for the Trans-Atlantic Scouts. This Fall, Bailey will be attending college at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire majoring in Robotic Engineering to create new prosthetic limbs for soldiers and minoring in High Adventure.