Boy Scouts of America Introduce a Video Game Awards

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    File this one under "sign of the times" -- the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America are now offering scouting awards for video games.

    Cub scouts can earn a "belt loop" award for completing requirements like explaining why the video game ratings system is important, scheduling game time amongst activities like doing homework and chores, and learning to play a new game under supervision.

    In addition, cub scouts could earn an "academic pin" after completing the belt loop by finishing 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.

     (quoted from the Boy Scouts' official article)

    We have to applaud the scouts for trying to focus on kids playing the right rated games, but don't we need to keep kids active and outdoors instead of giving tips on how to play video games?