Skip to comments.Boy Scouts earn video game badge
Posted on 04/28/2010 5:02:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase
Boy Scouts have traditionally earned belt loops and merit badges for outdoor pursuits like swimming, archery, canoeing and fishing. Today’s boys are spending a lot of time inside and on-line, whether it’s with MMORPGs like Runescape and World of Warcraft or interacting with a gaming system like X-Box 360 and Sony Play Station. The Boy Scouts of America have heeded the call and created a Video Games Belt Loop and Academics Pin for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos: the ranks prior to officially becoming a Boy Scout
The new badge requirements teach the boys how to be responsible with the amount of time they are spending on the games; encourages them to get parent approval and has them invite parents to play along with them. See the full badge requirements here. Great lessons to learn at a young age about choosing appropriate content.
Thousands of boys have passed through the ranks of the local Dan Beard Council which has 8 separate districts across the region. Over 300 Cincinnati area boys achieved the Eagle Scout rank in 2009; perhaps the Video Games Badge will help retain a younger boy who just might have checked out of scouting after becoming frustrated with achieving the Fishing belt loop .
Kudos to the Boy Scouts of America for meeting youth on the digital highway and teaching them responsibility with personal time!
"Hey joey, come to Webelos with me, were working on the video game badge."
Man, this is really weak.
(spoken as an Eagle Scout)
Had to see if it was an Onion article. It should have been
Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.
Complete these three requirements:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.
Earn the Video Games belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
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 manufacturers warranty.
9. With an adults supervision, install a gaming system.
I am the Assistant in my son’s Webelos Den. We have chosen not to offer this to our boys.
Try putting these &ussy kids through Order-Of-The-Arrow. I completed it. Some details: you can’t speak for the first 24 hrs. of the w/e, starting on a Fri. evening, they take you blindfolded into the everglades and drop you somewhere for the night with nothing but a sleeping bag. Then pick you up at sunrise to do the mile swim. Then the rest of the w/e you do Scout stuff.
Try putting little tubby in this program. Seeing America being flushed is killing me.
You gotta be kidding! At least most of the merit badges translated into some skill, some means to apply to real life situations—even survival. This sounds like nothing more than a cheap “gimme” and sucker play for membership. Guess they’re the Ploy Scouts now...
As a father of one Eagle Scout, one Life Scout (working on his Eagle), and having been a Cubmaster and now working in various roles with my boys Troop, I don't have a problem with this. If it gets young boys interested and engaged with good kids, adults, etc. at a young age, it can help them when they are older.
No Cubscout goes winter camping in a quincy or does a vigal, anyway. Those things are for older Scouts.
See my post at #10
See post #10
I thought this was one of yours!
If it’s restricted to Cub Scouts, I suppose it’s not the end of the world, considering the age of those kids. The headline said, “Boy Scouts,” so I assumed it was a BSA merit badge.
Yeah, the headline is misleading. I had to read the article to find out myself. If it was a Boy Scout merit badge, that would be pathetic. For Cubscouts though, it’s a good thing to keep boys interested and engaged.
Cub Scouts can earn a video game belt loop and pin and these awards have been in existance since the fall of 2009. The aim of the Cub Scout belt loop and pin awards are to provide scouts the opportunity to gain recognition for existing and new skills they have mastered.
Boy Scouts cannot earn Cub Scout loops and pins.
Tiger Den Leader
Sad Change for Scouts
Yeah, that was clarified in the first paragraph of the article.
For Cubs, maybe. It won’t happen for the Boy Scouts as long as the SM’s hold their ground. We were surveyed a while back and it was a unanimous NO for a Video Game Merit Badge.
Real Scoutmasters don’t want anything to do with the black hole called video games. They are of little consequence and do not offer anything in terms of the Aims of Scouting.
There is the Computers Merit Badge if they’re stuck on 1’s and 0’s.
Yep, our boys are all working towards their “Arrow of Light” without mindless video games...
Daylight ceremonies are now the norm.
Boy Scouts in general has degraded in to a babysitting service for middle school boys and eagle mills so it look good on college applications.
After 3 years as district commissioner, which followed 6 as scout master and 4 as ADC, I have given up on the whole enterprise.
Sorry to hear that.
No system is perfect and those in the inner most workings of systems see the imperfections on a daily basis.
I know that for me and my boys, Boy Scouts has been very good. It helped me and them share in doing things togather (like Philmont, canoeing, camping, etc.), and it helped me to step back and let them learn the “hard way”. I tend to just do things myself, but being involved with Scouting helped teach me to step back and allow them to learn by doing, even when that meant doing it wrong at times.
Hopefully after you have spent some time away, you will be able to look back at Boy Scouts overall and not just see the flaws. Sounds like you’ve earned your break though.
This is a bigger waste of time than looking for a left-handed smoke shifter. Once a Tenderfoot, now an Eagle.
You know your not supposed to talk about the Ordeal, right?
That’s right. Super secret stuff. shhhhh!
I completed Ordeal in ‘74. I guess it’s not the same today. My son was just ‘tapped out’ (today, it’s ‘called out’) at Camporee. After he completes Ordeal, we will compare notes.
Mine was in 82. My Father had gone through the year before as an adult. He made sure I had some “special” tasks. Inito Lodge, Flint River Council!
I only just renewed my dues and sewed on a new pocket flap patch. I still have my old one from ‘74. And an OA sash that’s WAY too small.
Orange County Council, Wiatava #13 Lodge, Koshare Chapter
Well, given they’re Cub Scouts...I guess that’s not so bad.
I’m still ticked that Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts don’t have to be in full uniforms like we had to be! ha!
Sheesh! With all the easy computer languages out these days, they could be *designing* videogames!
Pretty much...what happened to being outside and staying fit (mentally and physically)? The BSA could fill a big demand for helping boys become men but I suppose that might wind them up in court again.
Totally disagree, and here’s why.
This is for Cub Scouts (Not Boy Scouts). How do you get the attention of kids? Hey, kids .... come spend hours with a knife whittleing a chunk of wood into a car shape, and make a Pinewood Derby car? Or, do you know that the Cub Scouts lets you earn a badge by playing a video game?
Isn’t the whole purpose of the Cub Scouts to get young boys together, to learn to do something (ANYTHING!) with adults to teach them responsiblity? Once they get hooked on accomplishing things, getting recognition for earning various skills - this becomes the motive (have fun, learn, earn the respect of my peers and the admiration of both parents and other adults alike).
Now, if this were a Boy Scout pin ... I’d be inclined to agree with you.
The OA must be run differently in different regions. I attend a weekend every year with my two boys ( Both Eagles) and it is still the same. Lots of work during the day and young scouts nervously sleeping alone in the woods at night.
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