A Simple Cloth and a Common Thread
They are woven of simple cloth and common thread. They are no more than an inch and a half in diameter, and weigh no more than a couple of ounces. They are priceless, yet cost less than a dollar. They have the power to turn struggle into courage; Self-doubt into self-esteem; Indecision into leadership; The unknown into knowledge; And the most magical metamorphosis of all, the transforming of a boy into a man.
What are these mysterious things: merit badges.