No, I'm not kidding nor trying to pull off a hoax or anything. I'm just sharing what I believe is the truth. As always, it's up to you to decide for yourself what is true or not.
First of all, your confusing Cub Scouts (ages 6-10) with Boy Scouts (ages 11-18). Cub scouts are at the age that patches/emblems/pins/beads, etc are given out on a regular basis to have the cubs feel they are earning stuff, making progress, and to keep their attention. Awards at that level are given out very liberally. Advancement happens pretty much for just showing up. It is key to keep the boys involved and if you don't move up with your classmates, chances of not continuing are high.
On the contrary, Boy Scout Merit badges have strict requirements, require a merit badge councilor to mentor, verify, and sign off before the scout gets the badge. Advancements require meeting strict requirements, sign off by your scoutmaster, and a board of review by a panel.
The cake decorating emblem you show is NOT a boy scout merit badge, but an emblem for the younger cub scouts.
Unfortunately, a lot of scout groups have given into political correctness and don't provide the experiences that Baden Powell had intended for Boy Scouts. But also keep in mind each pack/troop decide the activities they will do and how they will run their group. Just like it would not be reasonable to judge all beekeeping clubs by a few, you can not judge Boy Scouts by individual packs/troops.
Also it seems that over the years, there is an ever increasing number of women leaders in the younger cub scouts. Mainly because of broken families and/or fathers that don't care and/or are not around. Not being a chauvinist, but women leaders do not instill the same things as male leaders. But I still have a lot of respect for these women that step up and get the boys involved.
I assure you, there are many troops out there that still provide the great outdoor experience as well as instilling discipline, respect and character development.
In today's society with lack of morals and disrespect for others, the opportunity Boy Scouts offers is needed more than ever.