I know that my question sounds foolish, since merit badges are such a big part of scouting. However, I have noticed that my nephew and many of the other scouts in his troop seemed to concentrate on them to the exclusion of other things. My nephew tends to be obsessive complusive, so it is worse with him them most. I also think he is using the merit badges as an excuse not to deal with parts of the program he is unused to. Retreating into reports and defining terms (things he is used to), to avoid dealing with the others (things he is not used to).
I know merit badges are required to get promoted above First Class Scout, but is promotion really that important. I was hoping that my nephew would learn from scouting 1) how to relax and enjoy himself (because of the way he was raised this does not come naturally to him), 2) to get used to being out in the world rather than holed up in his room with a TV and a computer (being a quite as possible, so he does not disturb his parents nabs), and 3) how to deal with people (not so much leadership as just getting used to be around people).
I would like to give him some good advise, but I do not really know what to tell him. I know the decisions are all his, but he has such a limited perspective, that I would like to try and help him. He has shown some improvement just from being outside of his room, and I like to continue to see that, but I am afraid of saying the wrong thing.
I would appreciate any feedback that I could pass on to him.