Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cubscouts and Videogames...

Kotaku is reporting that a Videogame belt loop has been added for Cub and Webelo scouts.  For those not in the know Belt Loops are for Cub Scouts what Merit Badges are for Boy Scouts.  As a former Boy Scout I have to say I have somewhat mixed feelings about this.

On one hand I agree with the Kotaku editor's assessment that this is actually a responsible idea.  The award isn't given for being good at games.  It's given for being a reasonable gamer.  Teaching a friend how to play.  Managing your time so that you can do your chores and play games.  Learning how to comparison shop, and what the age ratings mean.  In the end it's not a whole lot different than any of the sports related badges.  So earning the badge isn't rewarding the Cub for sitting on his ass playing games, it's rewarding him for managing his time and money.

On the other hand, this makes me a little sad.  Is this what it's come to?  Scouting is about doing things as a boy that your average suburban kid no longer gets to do.  Camp, climb rocks, and tie knots.  It's about doing the things that make boys boys; a trait that has been somewhat lost in today's over-protected PC world.  Perhaps I'm wrong.  BSA's mind seems to be in the right place.  Thing change and kids change, and they do have a business to run.  The silver lining I suppose if one lard-ass kid joins Scouts purely for the pleasure of earning this award, and then finds the world outside that he's been missing.  Then it was all worth it. 

Source: Kotaku