This Week’s Sign Of The Apocalypse: Boy Scout Fail

video-game-merrit-badgeIntroducing the video-game merit badge.  Alright, alright, in all fairness it’s just a “belt loop” but who cares?  Now we are rewarding the future leaders of America for playing the games that are making them too fat to fight? Requirements to “earn” this badge are listed below:

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.


I’m glad to know that should we get in a pinch, little Bobby Boy Scout won’t be able to start a fire, but he’ll have no trouble teaching me how to master Halo 3.

Thanks to PJ for the tip

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