The Boy Scouts of America, the US branch of Baden-Powell’s organisation that was intended to encourage children to be active and healthy, have introduced a new award for academic achievement in video gaming.
According to Fox News, Scouts will not get the badge for twitch shooting their way through Modern Warfare but must utilise a game that will “help you practice your math, spelling, or another skill that helps you in your schoolwork.”
Requirements for the badge include explaining why it is important to have a rating system for games, creating a schedule to balance homework and gaming, and installing a gaming system under supervision.
“Let’s be serious: the kids are already into video games,” said spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America, Renee Fairrer. “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.”