I’ll admit that upon receiving the announcement from a pooh-poohing friend, I thought it odd. But I implore you to not join the derision. Stop scoffing at the headline. While you’re at it, unroll those eyes and retract that snicker. Before you get all high and mighty about the Boy Scouts trying to become hip, or attempting to remain relevant in today’s connected age, let’s look at the badge itself.
Earning the belt loop (tier 1 gear) is fairly straightforward. The institution wants its pupils to be responsible. Belt jockeys need to do the following: Only play games geared toward their age group (as determined by the ESRB), schedule game time after chores and homework have been completed, and then tackle an approved video game.
Tier 10 loot isn’t something that can be done on a rainy afternoon. No welfare epics for the Boy Scouts of America, you’ve gotta grind the Academic Pin out. To score the scholarly achievement – the real mark of a boyscout – the tiger cub, (bear) cub, or webelo must take planning to the next level. Five separate tasks have to be performed, such as shopping around for the best deal on a title, hooking up a game system, coordinating a family video game tournament, sharing and teaching a game to someone, or playing a game that can promote real-life skills (math = WoW spreadsheets, reading = BioWare’s space opera, etc). It’s nothing to sneeze at.