I learned a great deal as a Boy Scout, but I never got anywhere with it. I just couldn’t manage to retain the cards with the lists of things I had to do to progress or to earn merit badges. I did everything for a dozen or so, but I really wasn’t interested in the paperwork or, frankly, even in the badges. I wanted to do things for themselves, not for such paltry rewards.
Though I never succeeded in the hierarchy of Scouting, the things I learned without attaining certification have stood me well. I have the skills; who needs the badges?