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Cub Scouts Get Another Reason To Play Video Games

by Jeff Cork on Apr 28, 2010 at 06:50 AM

Cub Scouts can now earn a pair of awards by playing, writing, and talking about games, which most Cub Scouts are probably doing already. To be completely fair, the new programs are a bit more structured than simply spending a weekend glued to the television and then sketching Sonic punching Mario’s head off. Each of the awards focuses on responsible gaming, with a focus on playing with parents and friends and learning about the importance of ESRB ratings.

Here’s what Cub Scouts will have to do to the Belt Loop and Academics Pin:

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.

That all certainly sounds more interesting than tying knots.