I am an Eagle Scout, I earned it 2 years ago. As you were saying, some of the required merit badges tend to be boring (the citizenship ones) or quite tedious (personal management ect.) but the required merit badges woule have more impact on your life then knowing how to make a basket or someother merit badge that is easier.
I have 48 merit badges currently and i have found after you get all of the required ones out of the way you can do things that interest you more. For instance; i earned golf and water sking recently. those merit badges were much more fun than the required ones.

andrew