Say It Isn't So! Boy Scouts Introduce Video Game Badge

By Diane Chase

This is a frustrating report and seems to go against everything that scouting stands for, a pin/belt for video gaming? There is a badge for computers but to gain the badge supports an outdoor lifestyle with requirements such as "using a spreadsheet program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend camp out."

The Video Gaming Belt Loop or pin is an award for the Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts with such requirements as "Teach an adult or a friend how to play a video game." and "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."

According to the home page of Boy Scouts of America "Scouting promises you the great outdoors. As a Scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned."

I can't quite gather where video gaming comes in under the Cub Scout's motto, "Do Your Best."


Anonymous said…
I am utterly shocked to learn that BSA has gone this route. I am an Eagle Scout since 1981 and find this to be a major step in the wrong direction for the organization. Thanks for putting it in your blog. - Rich
Diane said…
Thanks Rich, I am saddened as well. I haven't spoken to anyone from BSA, I do have a call in so will post the response. From the description though it sounds like parents have no control over what their kids watch or buy.

It is such a step backward, in my opinion, that we have to connect with our children by means of video games. We need to disconnect from a video/tv overload and reconnect with family time. Scouting has always supported that, until now.

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