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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 Lord 666 on 4/29/2010 6:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
There is some history involved with it, but the point is the putting two seemingly contradictory ideas together with some other references.

Started with my brother and I playing Halo on PC when people could use any name. Back then, I used Colon Cancer and my brother used Lung Cancer. This way, when we killed someone, it said the opponent died of some illness. When XBL came around (the black xbox), since the Cancers were already taken, we needed to pick other names. So we both started using a Lord variation as a Star Wars reference, especially since the prequals were fresh out. Lord 666 is still my XBL tag, but my brother has since slightly modified his. Before you mentioned it, was considering about changing it, but don't agree in principal on having to pay to change my XBL tag. Plus, have been a DT/AT member since 2005 and using Lord 666 since then.

1. Lord - Star Wars reference. As noted before, I did flirt with the Dark side from time to time, but never fully went.

2. 666 - Enough said. But in the context of XBL, there are a lot of other 666's out there. Never have been a devil worshiper, but if you look at any of my playlists, definitely have some dark music on them.

With my marriage and the birth of my first daughter happening after the XBL tag, I have since seen the Light Side once again. Guess God works in mysterious ways and hope that answers your question.

RE: Not cool
By ekv on 4/29/2010 3:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
...the opponent died of some illness
So that was you! j/k 8)
God works in mysterious ways
True. Been there done that. I suppose the Light, aside from being the truth, is less complicated, more straight-forward and easier to defend, etc.

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