The Boy Scouts of America (the Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scout, that is) have officially introduced a new badge for video games. It’s not actually a “merit” badge per se, like the ones you get for learning to tie ropes or CPR, it’s a “belt loop” and “academics pin,” which’re a little less worthy than the badges. Typically, belt loops are awarded for completing standards in various academic and sport fields, not life skills and other major achievements as with badges. In order to earn these items, the scouts must complete these three requirements: 1. Explain why it’s important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they’re 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’s approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.
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