I agree that summer camp merit badge requirements seem to be "relaxed." I questioned my son about some of the things he did for the badges, and I don't feel comfortable that the integrity of the requirements was maintained. My son was very proud of his accomplishments, and I didn't want him to feel as though he didn't deserve the badges he thought he earned. I just don't feel he did everything he should have to get the badge.
I need some help with the Astronomy merit badge requirement 4. Part one was easy. We laid out the true north-south line. When we take the measurement to determine the latitude (Part 2 of the requirement), it is not coming out to our correct latitude. Maybe the protractor is not lined up at the right spot? Does anyone have any experience with this?