Arthur Carlton-Jones

Path to Eagle


Hi, My name is Arthur, and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 185 at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury Maryland.  I am 14 years old, and am currently a Life Scout, and am Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Leave No Trace Trainer.


My goals in Scouting are to make Eagle, to get all of the Merit Badges possible, and to overachieve to a ludicrous level and hopefully enjoy myself doing it.


I hope that you find this site useful and informative, and thank you for visiting.


To offer up an explanation of the purpose of this website, Initially, I had planned to use it to meet two common goals;


The first was as an educational outreach tool related to the Invasive Species Project that I am working on with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and the second was to document my progress towards Earning (I hope) a Hornaday award.


Since I started working on this website, however, it has quickly grown from those initial humble beginnings, so much so, that I feel it is important from the beginning to explain that its purpose is not to try and impress anyone, as some may think, but rather I am hoping to show other Scouts how they too may reach some of the goals that I have set for myself.


I have enjoyed every merit badge that I have earned so far, and I have learned something unique from each and every one, and if by what I write about how, when and where I earned each one, and what I learned during the process that I am able to inspire some other scout to earn it as well, then I will feel that I have spent my time well.


When I first crossed over to Boy Scouts, I set myself a goal of earning every merit badge possible, but I know that if I am able to do that, it will not be because I am smarter or stronger or wiser than anyone else, but rather it will only be because I had sufficient perseverance.  In this, I would leave you with a famous quotation from Former President Calvin Coolidge

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."


  Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the United States)