On the subject of merit badges I loved working towards them as a child. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. I started out with things that I already had a grasp on and worked out towards things that I had never experienced before. Some of it was positive and other things made me realize that they were things I really wasn't into at all. But now I have all sorts of info in my head to draw on if I need it.
Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok it's not the end.