Boy Scouts of America Implements Video Game Badges to Create Responsible Gamers

Friday, April 30, 2010

Boy Scouts of America has an interesting approach to video games, rather than banning it because some parents think it's not good for their children they opted to add Video Game badges. It's an interesting approach and one that seems to be effective in my opinion. Rather than discouraging scouts to play video games they opted to use their reward system to encourage responsible gaming. I'm not entirely sure if Boy Scouts are still big here in the Philippines but I do hope we have something like this locally. Check the break to see how scouts earn video game pins and belt loops.

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.

One thing I've noticed though, Girl Scouts of America still hasn't implemented the Video Game badges. I sure hope they follow suit since there're a lot of Girl gamers out there.

Posted by Jab Escutin
Source: Boy Scouts of America