Apparently, along with the various pins and belt loops Cub Scouts can earn, there are now awards for “Video Games.” Some of the badge requirements predictably hover around societal anxieties about the appropriateness of video games for certain ages, such as the requirement to “explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games” and “check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.”
However, there are also requirements that seem to acknowledge both the social nature of video gaming and the connection between video games and learning:
- Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.
- Teach an adult or a friend how to play a video game.
- List at least five tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
- Play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour.