Listen, I know it’s easy to make fun of Boy Scouts. I’ve heard my share of “Go build a birdhouse” jabs being an Eagle Scout myself, but let’s get this straight. The just-announced video game belt loop isn’t for Boy Scouts, it’s for elementary-aged Cub Scouts. So let’s take it down a notch or two, Internet.
Look at the three main requirements.
- Explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.
- With an adult, create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming. Do your best to follow this schedule.
- Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.
Completing those will earn a Cub Scout a belt loop, but the slightly older Webelos Scouts will need to do a bit more to earn their Academics Pin.
- With your parents, create a plan to buy a video game that is right for your age group.
- 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.
- Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.
- Teach an adult or a friend how to play a video game.
- List at least five tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
- Play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour.
- Play a video game that will help you practice your math, spelling, or another skill that helps you in your schoolwork.
- 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.
- With an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system.
So yeah, it’s a bit silly and easy to point out that video games has nothing to do with outdoor skills, but let’s remember that the kids that will work on this belt loop or pin are between 6 and 11. Boy Scout merit badges are dramatically more involved being designed for teenagers. The latest Boy Scout badge is geocaching. That’s sweet.