Boy Scouts Create Merit Pin—for Video Games

There's also a belt loop
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Suggested by wizman
Posted Apr 29, 2010 2:22 PM CDT
Boy Scouts Offering 'Video Game' Merit Awards - AOL News
This is the belt loop an enterprising scout can earn by learning to play a video game. We have no idea why it looks like a Gamecube controller. Maybe the Boy Scouts think kids still use Gamecubes.   (Boy Scouts of America)

Because nothing screams “scout” like beating Ratchet & Clank, the rugged outdoorsmen in the Boy Scouts of America are now offering video game merit awards. Scouts can win a merit belt loop (yes, belt loop), by learning to play an age-appropriate, parent-approved video game—and doing some other goody two-shoes stuff, like explaining why the video game rating system is important and making a schedule with time for chores, homework, and games.

Truly advanced scouts can also earn a video game pin, for completing other taxing tasks like playing a video game with a friend for an hour, or deciding where to buy a new game. Joe Peacock of AOL News isn't really sure how this promotes “developing character, citizenship and personal fitness,” but whatever. At least the kids will have a belt loop, to help “hold their pants over the enormous gut they earned sitting around playing video games.” (Read more Boy Scouts stories.)

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