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Cub Scouts belt loop and pin
Requirements seek to educate kids on appropriate gaming and time management

Many technophiles out there were probably in the Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts as kids. Traditionally, getting badges and awards in the Scouts meant you had to learn about topics like knot tying, camping, climbing, archeology, and yes – even computers. The Boy Scouts of America is now offering a new award for participants that is something many kids have become obsessed with today.

Kids in the Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts can now complete the requirements in family, den, pack, school, or the community environment for video games according to VGA Chartz. To earn a Video Games belt loop, the scout has to follow three steps which include: explaining why it's important to have rating system for games; creating a schedule with an adult that has time for chores, homework, and gaming; and leaning to play a new game that is approved by a guardian.

Scouts can also earn an academics pin after they earn the belt loop by completing five (out of nine) additional requirements. The requirements include: 

  1. With your parents, create a plan to buy a video game that is right for your age group.
  2. Compare two game systems (for example, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and so on). Explain some of the differences between the two. List good reasons to purchase or use a game system.
  3. Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.
  4. Teach an adult or a friend how to play a video game.
  5. List at least five tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
  6. Play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour.
  7. Play a video game that will help you practice your math, spelling, or another skill that helps you in your schoolwork.
  8. Choose a game you might like to purchase. Compare the price for this game at three different stores. Decide which store has the best deal. In your decision, be sure to consider things like the store return policy and manufacturer’s warranty.
  9. With an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system.

It's is definitely an interesting move to incorporate video games into Cub Scouting and we're sure that the scouts will enjoy this new endeavor which should help to keep scouting relevant in today's society.  

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RE: Not cool
By xler8r on 4/28/2010 11:25:14 AM , Rating: 0
Hmm, maybe I wasn't clear. Kids already do this in life by default... Ultimately I guess my opinion is, why should children in a prided organization like this, be rewarded for something they're going to do anyways, lol.
Now, a pat on the back for doing this, makes more sense :)

RE: Not cool
By bighairycamel on 4/28/2010 11:32:44 AM , Rating: 5
You're telling me kids and parents already research game ratings and choose age appropriate video games?

Did you RTFA? This badge isn't about just playing video games. It's about making responsible decisions and being a smart consumer, with a little technical merit thrown in.

RE: Not cool
By Anoxanmore on 4/28/2010 11:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
I do not agree, children do not do all of the above, let alone on their own without some prodding in life.

Perhaps it is because I am younger than you (more than likely) I can see the value of incorporating this into current cub scout activites and requirements.

The only one they may do[on their own]is the set up of a video game console, and that is debateable.

After all cub scouts is for younger children.

RE: Not cool
By xler8r on 4/28/2010 11:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, eyah, I get it. I kept thinking of it as Boy Scouts which is an older crowd... makes sense for the kiddies i guess....

RE: Not cool
By Anoxanmore on 4/28/2010 11:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the people above us were talking about boy scouts and I only see this being implemented in cub scouts. :)

nod nods

RE: Not cool
By RjBass on 4/28/2010 2:48:21 PM , Rating: 1
Yes but most Cub Scouts eventually become Boy Scouts. With the Cub Scouts promoting video game use for scouting that is going to spill over into the Boy Scouts which may then create a problem when are trying to get our tents pitched and get the fire going so we can eat. Now instead they will all be playing video games and not getting any work done.

RE: Not cool
By bodar on 4/28/2010 3:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
Then part of the badge requirements should teach the kids when it is and isn't appropriate to play games. Finish your work first and then play games. No brainer there. Isn't scouting supposed to teach life-skills and responsibility?

RE: Not cool
By Anoxanmore on 4/28/2010 3:46:00 PM , Rating: 3
I would hope that is part of natural parenting... not something someone needs to join a club for.

RE: Not cool
By MrBlastman on 4/28/2010 3:55:00 PM , Rating: 1
Scouting is definitely not a club. It nurtures and teaches a way of life. Some of my best friends I still talk with to this day I first met many years ago in Webelos and Scouts.

RE: Not cool
By Anoxanmore on 4/28/2010 4:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
Scouting is a club.

They are the very definition of a club, two of them in fact.


a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose:
an organization that offers its subscribers certain benefits, as discounts, bonuses, or interest, in return for regular purchases or payments

It is the parents responsibility to teach their child when to play games vs work, not a clubs.

RE: Not cool
By lightfoot on 4/28/2010 4:11:32 PM , Rating: 3
Scouting is definitely not a club.

Think of it more like day care for teenage boys. Teaching them the things that they need to know, but the parents are too lazy to teach.

RE: Not cool
By MrBlastman on 4/29/2010 9:15:55 AM , Rating: 2
Hardly that at all. In fact, my troop encouraged parents to be active in it and several dads were. Unless you've been through the program, there's no real way you can comprehend it.

RE: Not cool
By lightfoot on 4/29/2010 12:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
Back to the original point: Scouting is not a replacement for good parenting, but it can be used as a compliment to good parenting.

RE: Not cool
By Xenoterranos on 4/28/2010 3:36:16 PM , Rating: 2
Another Eagle scout here (2000)!
Animal Husbandry used to be something that a lot of kids did "by default anyway" waaaaay back in the day. There's also Chemistry, electronics, engineering, Computers... all of these show that scouts is not just about camping and telling stories. It's supposed to expose you to some of what the world has to offer beyond your daily life and what you can give back to the world in return. There are many walks of life, and thus many merit badges. Why tell a budding game designer that he can't tie his hobby in with scouts? I think it's awesome that scouts continues to change and remain relevant.

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