Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Boy Scouts to Offer Merit Pin for Video Gaming

pickens (49171) writes | more than 4 years ago

Games 1

Hugh Pickens writes "Fox News reports that the Boy Scouts of America — a group founded on the principles of building character and improving physical fitness — have introduced merit pins for academic achievement in video gaming, a move that has child health experts atwitter. "It could be quite visionary and exciting or it could be a complete sellout," says Dr. Vic Strasburger. "I don't see anything wrong with that as long as they're not playing first-person shooter games, violent games, games with a lot of sexual or drug content. The question is, who's going to supervise the scouts?" Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts can earn their pins by spending an hour a day playing games, teaching others how to play better, and researching the best price for games they'd like to buy. The Scouts say that parents need to face up to the fact that gameplay is already a part of so many kids' daily lives, and that the merit challenges could harness some of that interest into a more constructive end. "Let's be serious: the kids are already into video games," says Renee Fairrer, a spokeswoman for the BSA. "You can't sit on the couch for 13 hours a day and play video games. We want to get them when they're that Cub Scout age, when they have that strong parental influence, to be able to make those decisions.""

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Tetris is the New Archery (1)

theodp (442580) | more than 4 years ago | (#32025558)

A retro videogame merit badge [] proposal.

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?