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Boy Scouts Now Give Video Game Based Awards

The organization will aim to teach responsibility and teamwork through the new awards.

The Boy Scouts announced plans for video game based awards today, in a move geared to teach members of the organization many responsible ways to play games and work together. The Boy Scouts will require their willing Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts to manage a few different tasks in order to receive the award, all geared toward safe and constructive gaming.

The scouts must explain why a video game ratings system is important, then create a schedule for playing video games, placing game time behind the importance of chores, homework, and family time. In addition, the scout aiming to receive the badge must pick out games that would be deemed appropriately for him to play, as approved by a parent or guardian. Once a scout has completed these tasks, he will earn a belt loop.

To receive an academic pin, a scout will have several other requirements, even a task to host an hour-long multiplayer event with a friend. Furthermore, he will have to write a list and teach someone tips on how to play the game, then comparison shop to find the best deal at at least three separate stores. In addition, the scout will need to compare two different video game consoles and install one successfully. Again, the scout will have to identify appropriate games for him to be playing, and spend playing time with family, too.



Our Take

Jason Ross Senior Editor

04/29/2010 at 06:10 PM

I heard a snippet on the radio about this, so I had to go and look into it for the site. While the method to earn a belt loop seems pretty simple, there's some great lessons being taught for the academic pin. Comparison shopping is always a great skill for kids to learn, and let's be honest, installing a console, while not difficult, is something many adults can't even do. I'm glad to see that the Boy Scouts aren't restricting appropriate games to a list or a single rating, and leaving the question up to parents.

I have to say a lot of these goals remind me of Penny Arcade, and what they've done in conjunction with the ESRB, and really shows the value that video games can have in our ever-expanding culture and society.

Matt R Staff Alumnus

04/29/2010 at 11:27 PM


Jason Ross Senior Editor

04/29/2010 at 11:42 PM

Which part?

Matt R Staff Alumnus

04/30/2010 at 01:25 AM

Casual scouting.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

04/30/2010 at 05:00 PM

Is that like camping in the back yard?

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