Chess is a great game. And it really isn’t as difficult to learn as you might think. I know many young kids who can grasp the concepts and play a good game of chess.
Chess teaches kids to look ahead and to stick with something, In today’s world of video games and instant gratification, chess teaches Scouts to observe, analyze, and persevere. I have seen kids who are normally bouncing off the walls sit down and become very absorbed in a chess game.
We have heard that a new Chess merit badge will be introduced soon. Boy Scouts have to wait a little longer for their recognition, but today I am posting the requirements for the Chess Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. This is a great way to spark an interest in the game in younger scouts. Or, if your Cub Scout already plays chess they can receive some recognition for their knowledge.
Webelos who earn the Chess Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete requirement 8 for the Scholar activity badge.
Chess Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
- Identify the chess pieces and set up a chess board for play.
- Demonstrate the moves of each chess piece to your den leader or adult partner.
- Play a game of chess.