So what do Eagle Scout criminal trial lawyers do when waiting outside a local federal courtroom where the judge has his own merit badge sash on the wall? Compare merit badges. Surprisingly - none of us had earned the "Law" merit badge or "Public Speaking." I also never earned "Archaeology" merit badge though I would do field/survey work in Belize it in 1995 and earn a degree in it at UT. I had plenty of others, but ironically not those directly related to things that would become so large a part of my life.
Merit badge or not, my skills in the outdoors - which helped me through that summer in the jungle - and as a public speaker - which help me everyday in Court - were forged in Troop 478. At least three of my peers from those days are Texas lawyers, maybe more.
After many private comments to me I feel compelled to remark that the quote "Badges, we don't need no stinking badges," is not originally from the Mel Brooks classic, Blazing Saddles, rather it is an oft paraphrased line from the 1948 John Huston oscar winning film
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and the earlier novel by B. Traven. The genius of
Blazing Saddles, was that it parodied almost every great western movie made to that point. If you haven't seen either movie you're missing out. Watch both.