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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 FITCamaro on 4/29/2010 12:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
With you dude. Eagle Scout here.

Boy Scouts is supposed to get kids away from video games and crap like that so they can learn useful lessons, and potentially skills, in life. You don't know how much having my Eagle Scout has mattered in getting a job. At least initially out of college and for internships. I had taken it off my resume at one point before I graduated and got my internship at NASA. I mentioned it to my boss there one day and she told me to put it back on, because its both an achievement to be proud of and it shows an employer your character and gives them an idea of your sense of commitment.

RE: Not cool
By FITCamaro on 4/29/2010 12:11:04 AM , Rating: 2
And got mine in 2001. Man that seems like another lifetime ago to me.

RE: Not cool
By Lord 666 on 4/29/2010 6:30:46 AM , Rating: 2
Definitely keep it on your resume. For one position, having it on my resume was the ice breaker with the Director who was also an Eagle. After the third round of competitive interviews, when I walked into his office that was first question; please recite the Scout Oath and Law. Did both without issue and nailed the job. Interview after that was mostly small talk.

Even more interesting is right after I got married, rented a house and the landlord was heavily involved with his local Troop. Somehow we started talking about it and told him I was also an Eagle. He said if I could prove it, he would heavily discount the rent. Went and found my gold membership card and showed him getting the discount. Since then, still keep that card in my wallet.

What it shows teamwork, good character, and the ability to see a long project all the way through. Judging from the responses on this thread, the 1% of Scouts that earn their Eagle is well represented on DT. Goes back to a suggestion I had with Apparition on somehow spinning DT into a job network for IT/Engineering/Technology.

That being said, there should be a site or forum for Eagle scouts that has the ability to verify the credentials, even on Linkedin or Facebook.

RE: Not cool
By MrBlastman on 4/29/2010 9:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
I'd absolutely keep it on your resume, it is something to be proud of that so few people accomplish. I've always heard positive things about it when I have interviewed in the past for jobs and you never know, the guy doing the interview might just have his also.

Humorous and worth mentioning: It is also worthwhile to keep your Eagle wallet card with you. My brother was once pulled over for speeding and the cop walked up to his window to ask for his license and registration. My brother took out of his wallet both his license and his eagle scout card. The cop looked at them both, walked back to his car for a moment, then came back and handed them to him. He told him to move along and to keep his speed down.

So yes, there are good reasons to keep it with you at all times.

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