Video Games Pin

Video Games Pin for Cub Scouts

I remember a couple of years ago when this recognition was introduced. There was a lot of buzz about an award for video gaming.  Hopefully your Cub Scout will learn to use video games responsibly by earning the Video Games pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

Video Games Pin Requirements

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.

2 Responses to Video Games Pin for Cub Scouts

  1. howarthe May 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM #

    This award is how I got my son excited about becoming a Cub Scout. He was so excited! He told his dad: “I’m not going to have to to [I don’t remember what]. I have to play lots of video games because I’m going to be a Cub Scout.” Or words to that affect. It was hilarious. We worked on it that summer. One of the requirements for the belt loop was to set a schedule for playing. Since we had just visited the doctor, and she said he should limit his screen time to 2 hour a day, that’s how we set up his schedule. He hated it. It took a long, long time to get him to follow his schedule, but it was a good experience. It’s still a challenge. The most fun part aobut earning the pin was: teach an adult to play a video game. :)

    • Sherry May 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

      Howarthe, that is funny! My Webelos 2 hasn’t earned the pin yet, but he has the belt loop. We still talk about video game ratings, and he probably earned the belt loop 2 years ago.

      The pin activities look fun! I think I know what we’ll be doing this summer–Mom’s going to learn a new video game.

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