Boy Scouts Offer Video Game Merit Awards

The Boy Scouts of America announced it will reward skills for playing video games. Scouts who master a game can earn a belt loop or pin for their efforts. There are other tasks involved. For example, they must explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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Not so long ago, Cub Scouts earned recognition for outdoor activities. You know, things like building a fire, navigating a canoe. Being good at Nintendo, though, probably would have gotten you very far. Things have changed.

The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will reward skills in areas such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation. Scouts who master a videogame can earn a belt loop or pin for their efforts - won't even have to leave the couch.

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