Boy Scouts now have a video game badge...

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There has been much shock, horror and hand wringing over the news that the Boy Scouts now offer the boys Videogamebeltloop 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.

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Meghan - posted on 05/21/2010

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Being 23....I think the whole technology/video game thing started while I was in grade school...and it my opinon it has gotten WAAAY out of hand! My exc's older son would sit and play violent video games for hours on end (not by my choice but that is a whole other thread). I will not allow a video game consol into my house until my son is old enough to pay for it himself! Whatever happened to the good old days of kids riding bikes and digging for bugs???

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Jackie - posted on 05/24/2010

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Soo with you Meghan....my ex's son does the same thing...and also with you on the not by my choice....lol, i can script that "other thread" you refer to. 200% believer in the get outside and get dirty mindset!

Tanya - posted on 05/21/2010

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Well I don't really have a problem with video game. I do think you should wait until the child is old and also set limits.

I have to say that the boy scouts are being reasonable here. They are trying to relate to the kids. They are also trying to help them learn to research by using a topic that is interesting.
People here what they want to and don't wait for the rest of the story. At least you know the parents of the boy scouts who have video game are getting them out of the house!

Jackie - posted on 05/21/2010

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I know what you mean amanda...I was also in brownies and juniors as a kid and it has def. changed. I can see your point about teaching them to research something more important...as I said, I am pretty avidly against video games b/c I have witnessed the lazy, bad tempered couch potatoes they can create.

Childhood has changed so much since we were kids (I'm 30, so older, but not by much).....it's sad and scary.

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2010

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yeah, i do understand what you mean about the good aspects of having to do all that background work to get the badge, maybe if they were doing it for a different reason? i don't think video games should be encouraged like that, i'm not saying they're evil or that kids shouldn't play video games or anything like that, but do the background work for something more important, ya know? and yeah, i guess all boyscouts things aren't outside, but that's just what comes to mind when i hear it lol... i found out that my neice is in brownies now, but they only meet at school during lunchtime/recess and aren't allowed to do door-to-door cookie selling anymore, even with their parents, that's a shame in my opinion. the activities have changed sooo much just since i was a kid, and i'm only 24 so it wasn't that long ago! lol

Jackie - posted on 05/21/2010

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Well I do certainly agree with that comment amanda. My response was geared more towards as I said I was expecting to read they had all of a sudden developed badges for reaching certain levels etc...so at least seeing it had some work go into it made me feel a little better.....but I def. see your point. I was so thrown at the time I wasn't even thinking bout the outdoor aspect of it. But at the same time, not everything is outside, pretty sure they can get merits for things like electronics related and whatnot too.

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2010

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lol boy scouts and video games should not come in contact with each other at all!! boy scouts is supposed to be about nature, camping, hiking, bird-watching, and picking out plants and things... not being able to tell someone the best place to go to get a ps3 and how old you have to be to play a certain game...

Jackie - posted on 05/21/2010

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I have a HUGE problem with the addiction to video games that many children are developing these days so when i read this title was i was ready to burst, lol. But I think maybe the badge just needs a new name....i am all for making kids LEARN about what they ar edoing and THINKING about how to be responsible about it.

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