A few of the requirements to get the belt loop include:
- Make a plan with your parent/guardian to purchase a game appropriate to your age.
- While being supervised by a parent/guardian, install a gaming system.
- Demonstrating knowledge of the video game rating system, creating a schedule balancing gaming with schoolwork and chores, and learning to play any new video game that is approved by a parent, guardian or teacher
Ooook. I understand that in order to remain relevant in 2010, many organizations are trying to update their public images, but...the Boy Scouts? Seriously, if everybody is inside playing games, who will tie our knots? Who will start fires with sticks and rope?
WHO WILL WALK THE OLD LADIES ACROSS THE STREET?
To a slightly serious point, what is this saying about our culture? I understand that people love their XBoxes and their Wiis and their other various idiot boxes. And, I also understand the hypocrisy of an online blogger and podcaster decrying the woes of what modern technology is doing to our youth, but to encourage kids to sit inside and play games?
The Boy Scouts - an organization I was a part of for one whole year...ok Cub Scouts, but whatever - encourages its members to get outside, get active, become a productive member of society and the surrounding ecosystem. We're not going to do that by sitting inside and playing Call of Duty 27. I get the point of the badge: allowing the kids to earn points for something they already love doing. The same thing used to be true about canoeing, camping, etc.
But, what's next? The Masturbating Badge? The Watching Porn Belt Loop? The Fooling Around Behind The Bleachers Pin? Boys love doing that, too!
What is the extent of these badges, and how modern will the Boy Scouts become? As cliche as this phrase is, only time will tell.
What do YOU think of this modern belt loop? Should Boy Scouts be getting outside and tying knots, or is it totally fine to be inside playing video games instead? Leave a comment below, Tweet me @IncitingARiot, or email IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com and weigh in on the Boy Scout Belt Loop Riot!
Love and Lyte,