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Boy Scouts Offer Video Game Merit Badge

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It’s not your father’s Boy Scouts anymore: The Boys Scouts of America announced the introduction of a ability badge for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts that boys can earn for displaying a proficiency with playing videogames. In order to earn a belt loop badge, scouts must complete three requirements: Explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games, create a schedule for scouts to do things that includes their chores, homework, and video gaming and then learn to play a new video game that is approved by the scout’s parent, guardian, or teacher.

Scouts can also earn an academic pin by purchasing an age-appropriate video game, listing good reasons to buy a game, compete in a family game tournament, teach another person how to play the game, list five helpful tips a beginner learning the game could use, play a game that helps with math or reading skills, install a gaming system with an adult and lastly compare prices for a video game purchase, taking into account factors like the store’s return policy and manufacturer’s warranty.

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