There was once a time that I felt guilty we didn't have time with swimming to get our two boys into Scouts. Admittedly, I also felt a little relief too because then I didn't have to address and reconcile their homophobic tendencies and inability to see agnostics and atheists Scouts might benefit from their program with the benefits of self-reliance, leaderships, survival, and knots.
Kids these days really don’t know how good they have it. Back in my day, having one’s video game
obsessionhobby sanctioned by the venerable Boy Scouts of America was merely a pipe dream of some Utopian future.
That future is now, people: The Boy Scouts have officially introduced a video games badge into their awards curriculum. Earning the belt loop requires explaining the ESRB video game rating system, officially inking video game sessions into your calendar (holla!) along with homework and chores (boo!) and learning to play a new “approved” video game.
Young Scout gamers can go on to earn an academics pin by completing five of nine potential requirements, none of which includes beating “Through the Fire and Flames” on expert. Bummer — that skill will surely translate somewhere, someday.
What do you think of the Boy Scouts officially sanctioning our (lucky) youths’ love of video games? Let’s see a show of hands from the jealous over-20s crowd in the house who’d love to turn back time right about now."