Video Games Belt Loop

Video Games Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

There has been a lot of hubbub lately about the addition of Video Games to the Cub Scouts Sports and Academics Program. I’ve heard it referred to as the latest Boy Scout merit badge. Of course, it is not a Boy Scout merit badge, it is a Cub Scout belt loop and pin. While it might not be for everyone, I don’t think the sky is falling either.

ZM earned the Video Games belt loop a few months ago when it was first introduced. One of his friends told the rest of the den about it and they were all really excited about it. After looking at the requirments, I decided it did provide a “teachable moment” for us to talk about video games and how they fit into the larger scheme of things.

Printable copy of  Video Games Belt Loop and Pin Requirements

Video Games Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.
  2. With an adult, create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming. Do your best to follow this schedule.
  3. Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.

5 Responses to Video Games Belt Loop for Cub Scouts

  1. Anne Love September 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM #

    I do not think it is right for there to be a video game belt loop and pin because video games are not healthy for anyone. I do not see the point to encourage young boys to play video games.

    • Lori March 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM #

      I believe that there are video games out there that are educational for our children. Like everything in life, the parents should help set-up and implement when and how ling the child can play these games as well as when their homework will be completed and the chores done. If the family has not done that planning with their children prior to working on this beltloop it give the family a way to make a plan and implement it.

  2. Scott Kenney January 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

    I respectfully disagree. As I talk to the local schools about Cub Scouts, the Video Game Belt Loop is frequently the spark that gets the boys interest. Once they decide to join Scouting, they are amazed by all the other badges they can work on.

  3. Diane March 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM #

    As much as I fight it, computer and video games will be out there, and will be loved, especially by boys cub scout age. I found that by reserving gaming time to weekends only my son can handle it better. If given unlimited access, his view of life becomes distorted and he has a problem making good choices, especially regarding behavior. I feel it is important for them to realize it is a privilege that must be earned, and knowing the limits will help shape their minds. They learn which level is appropriate for them as well as how to budget time for chores vs games. Granted in an ideal world they’ll stick to their plan, but as Akela I feel it is my duty to remind him of what he learned. If he practices his piano lessons for 20-30 minutes, he’s earned 45-60 minutes of playtime (downloading, etc included in that time)

  4. Brett October 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM #

    It’s bs, of course there should be a video game belt loop. Video games are everywhere and growing larger and stronger. A lot like the games stories better than reading books because you can shape that. Having belt loop only entices kids to earn a part of their world in a great way. I play almost everyday, my son sits with me or sometimes plays some or just watches or plays with his toys. It is not an argument to say it shouldn’t be allowed. Why shouldn’t it ?? Because at the time scouts were first designed they didn’t have many video games? The world has changed and the loop only helps become more part of it.

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