Boy Scouts Now Offer Video Game Merit Badge

Yes, the ones of America. Not some group of fatty gamers that call themselves Boy Scouts. The branches eligible for the badges are: Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts. Of course this isn't as exciting as it could be, but it is as totally ridiculous as it sounds. The requirements are incredibly lame, nothing like killing two opponents with a single shot kind of excitement. I'm pretty sure they just slightly changed the wording from the help an old person cross the street badge. Now when you tell your kid to stop playing video games, they may have a “legitimate” excuse for telling you to piss off.

Hit the jump for the list of requirements.

Belt Loop

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.

Academics Pin

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 manufacturer’s warranty.
  9. With an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system.

via Engadget


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