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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 12:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
My sister has her Gold Award. The quality of Girl Scouts honestly is tied to the troop (or whatever they called) you get into. My sisters wasn't bad. But my mom tried to stay active in it even after my sister was done and ended up leaving. Parents didn't want their daughters doing anything other than sitting around doing nothing but crafts. Many balked at the idea of their little girl getting dirty while camping.

So it just depends. But yeah I agree with you about Boy Scouts being a positive influence. As I say below, I also got my Eagle. My brother did not. He's now 24, delivering pizza, no degree, just getting off a DUI that he mostly got out of but not entirely (had a breathalyzer tester in his car for a year), and wrecked two cars before that. Starting to get his life in order finally though. But of course he had issues other than not completing Scouts.


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