Boy Scouts now have a video game badge
There has been much shock, horror and hand wringing over the news that the Boy Scouts now offer the boys a chance to earn a belt loop and badge for video games. I'm not sure the complaints have merit, once you look at the what they have to do to earn them.
For the belt loop they have to be able to explain why ratings are important, create a schedule to show how chores and homework will be done before video games and learn to play a new one approved by their parent.
For the badge, they have even more homework, including a written review that explains some of the differences between game systems, comparing prices and warranties and installing a gaming system all by themselves.
I would be surprised if any of our game-loving kids have ever been required to go that far to play their Super Mario Bros. game.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
[That's the video game belt loop offered for Cub Scouts]
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