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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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How sad
By ChipDude on 4/28/2010 1:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
Once a longtime ago cub scouts and boy scouts was about outdoors

I was most entertained to see the makeup of the leadership these days. So classicaly skewered to the fast food obese side than the outdoor fit kinds.

Between lawsuites and video game merit badges what a sad path they are going

RE: How sad
By lightfoot on 4/28/2010 2:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
Once a longtime ago cub scouts and boy scouts was about outdoors

But then the environmentalists got involved. I mean you don't really want children running around playing with the wildlife. The amount of erosion caused by cub and boy scouts alone is astounding, not to mention their horrendous practice of using campfires! Haven't they heard? The planet is ending and their burning of carbon based fuels is adding to the problem! Until they figure out how to sequester their carbon emissions their "camp outs" should be strictly banned, or at least heavily regulated by the government. And what's with the practice of giving children "rank" and "merit badges??" Why would we want to glamorize a military lifestyle amongst the most innocent in our society?

RE: How sad
By UNHchabo on 4/28/2010 7:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
Once a longtime ago cub scouts and boy scouts was about outdoors

Yes, like those merit badges that absolutely require being outdoors, like Family Life, Theater, Coin Collecting, Model Design and Building, Radio, Stamp Collecting, Cinematography, Photography, Public Speaking, Reading, Scholarship, Chemistry, Computers, Electronics, Nuclear Science, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Fingerprinting, Drafting, Graphic Arts, and Painting.

You're right, getting merit badges is all about being outdoors.

RE: How sad
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2010 12:10:06 AM , Rating: 2
You've named 20 out of I believe the total is around 150 or 200? Boy Scouts is very much about outdoor activities. That they include some badges that help build skills boys will be able to use as a hobby or in a real career does not change that. We had monthly campouts and yearly summer camps when I was in scouts.

RE: How sad
By UNHchabo on 4/29/2010 4:22:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know, but he was implying that this is an atrocity because the BSA is endorsing an indoor activity. I'm pointing out that they already endorse plenty of indoor activities; this just happens to be a more popular indoor activity than stamp collecting among today's youth.

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