LAKE WALES ? Ron Cain strolled lakeside at a Boy Scout camp on a crisp November day, the exact spot where he finally earned all of Scouting?s 137 merit badges.
“I had to survey this field which was ridiculous, because there were hurricane winds,” he said.
The sky was black, the atmosphere “creepy” and white-capped waves roiled the lake as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. He just needed to complete a few more steps for the Exploration badge, his last one.
And as he cinched it in the middle of an ominous storm, a nagging pain was about to reveal itself as cancer.
In September, the 18 year old joined the distinctive company of only about 350 boys in the 107-year history of the Boy Scouts. Cain, whose troop is in Lutz, is the first Scout in Tampa Bay to earn every merit badge.
And just a few weeks later, the teen found …