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41 Responses to Cub Scouts To Offer Video Gaming Merit Pin

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    mamerv Male 18-29
    328 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm
    Link: Cub Scouts To Offer Video Gaming Merit Pin - What did you get that badge for? For pwning noobs! A sad day for the youth of America or just forward progress?
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    tomaj Male 18-29
    50 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    i think this isnt a terrible idea. it teaches management of money, how to buy age appropriate games, brings the family together in an activity the kids enjoy instead of the parents, play a learning based or puzzle based game. i am an eagle scout and non of these things are against the scout law... some even reinforce it in a new way
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    Yaezakura Female 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    It`s kind of neat. Too bad the BSA are a law-breaking bunch of bigots these days.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    How long before there are no people left to teach?
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    May 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm
    "Too bad the BSA are a law-breaking bunch of bigots these days."

    Is that because they don`t let homosexuals be adult leaders? If that`s the case, it`s not illegal. They are, and always have been, a religious organization, and as such, are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Just as a church can say no homosexual ministers and/or no women ministers, the BSA can say no homosexual adult leaders.

    Now, if that`s not what you`re talking about, then, as Rosanne Rosannadanna said, "Never mind."
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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    Thats a weird ass looking game controler?>
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    Loxen Female 30-39
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    Ok what about the "Brownies" or Girl scouts... I want to see badges for girl gaming.
    (And damnit Sims or "Barbie Fashion Show" do NOT count.)
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    They are, and always have been, a religious organization, and as such, are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Just as a church can say no homosexual ministers and/or no women ministers, the BSA can say no homosexual adult leaders.

    I also watched Penn and Teller.
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    DHise Male 13-17
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    Progress!
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm
    Too bad the BSA are a law-breaking bunch of bigots these days (as they don`t allow homosexual leaders).
    Ironic then that the original founder of the scouting movement, Baden Powell, was a screaming bender.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm
    That is one wicked controller, perhaps for PlayStation 4?
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    PtblDuffy Male 18-29
    163 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm
    I`m not sure what I think of this. I was in Cub Scouts, and it was more about outdoor stuff. This just doesn`t seem like scouts, no matter how much I like video games.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    "With an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system."

    thats one of the requirements? `yellow to yellow, white to white, red to red...or is it yellow to white" another requirement is to play a game with a friend for 1 hour...is that a maximum of 1 hour, is THAT what its testing, ability to STOP.

    they compare the video game belt loop (its not a merit pin nor merit badge, its a loop for the cub scout belt), to computer. yeah, we had a computer merit badge (in boy scouts) but it involved knowing the history of computers and even the break down of components inside a computer case and what they do. the easier merit badge was definitely photoshop, did it at winter camp and each class was 1 hour, we spent at least 30 minutes if not 45 just playing quake 3
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    howlingwolf Male 18-29
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    May 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    Wow, Cub Scouts has sure changed since I was in it. Good work targeting your demographic, industrious BSA!
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    thecurt Male 18-29
    411 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    Hm... if the parents force them to do it... then they might not want to...
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    <----fellow Penn and Teller watcher.
    I would never allow my child into the BSA, video game badge or not.
  17. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm
    The Great Outdoors... Manliness... Generosity... Service... Improvisation... Skill... and sit-on-your-ass-pwning-noobs...

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    tomaj Male 18-29
    50 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm
    @Ani187
    just curious why you feel that way
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    @Tomaj

    I think its fairly obvious. Psychologically speaking, apart from the actual pedophiles taking your kids away camping for a week, which hopefully are few in number, AT BEST the Leaders are a high proportion of social misfits, single men who wish they`d had kids or wives or lives, wannabe Hitlers who like bossing people around, or gun-toting Conspiracy Theory nutcases trying to teach your kids the "real" truth about the Government. Sure, there are probably some normal, nice individuals as well, but they would be in the minority.
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    xKrazyKoalax Male 18-29
    208 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Lionhart, what in the world are you basing this on.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2704 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    "I think its fairly obvious. Psychologically speaking, apart from the actual pedophiles taking your kids away camping for a week, which hopefully are few in number, AT BEST the Leaders are a high proportion of social misfits, single men who wish they`d had kids or wives or lives, wannabe Hitlers who like bossing people around, or gun-toting Conspiracy Theory nutcases trying to teach your kids the "real" truth about the Government. Sure, there are probably some normal, nice individuals as well, but they would be in the minority."

    wow, where are you pulling this crap from? I was in BSA from 1988-2004, proud Eagle Scout, my scout leaders were, for the most part, married dads with kids in the troop. the few exceptions, my scoutmaster (great guy) was a 50 yr old who son had just turned 18, he`d been with the troop for 10 years prior, and 2 mom`s
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2704 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    sorry, I was wrong. there were more mom`s in the cub scouts, almost all the leaders were moms, but boy scouts was definitely almost all men. they may be dirty old men, but they`re talking about women not boys.

    the ones you SHOULD worry about are the 18-21 year old girls (typically ex-girl scouts) who work at summer and winter camps, then again most people WANT their boys to be lusting after these girls
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    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
    774 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    15 years later:

    Boy Scouts pie eating merit badge.

    ..

    Followed by video games.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    > xKrazyKoalax
    > what in the world are you basing this on.

    Wise Old Fart world wisdom, a lifetime of reading newspapers, and a Degree in the University of People Are Basically C*nts.

    ALL those organisations - Church Lads Brigade, Boys Brigade, Scouts, Venturers, etc - including their female equivalents - and Social Service Clubs such as Lions, Apex, etc - are struggling for members and shutting chapters down, as opposed to their heyday when EVERYONE was a member of one of them. Largely, its because of the reasons I gave there. I`m not saying it of BSA particularly. As previous Scouts, of course you feel obliged to defend against that POV. Scouting would have failed in everything it tried to teach you, if you didn`t. BUT the world is a bad, bad place now, and those organisations will soon be gone forever.
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    Yaezakura Female 18-29
    385 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 12:15 am
    Is that because they don`t let homosexuals be adult leaders? If that`s the case, it`s not illegal.
    The exclusion of homosexuals and atheists both as scout leaders and as children is certainly where the bigot part comes in. The law-breaking part is that, as a "religious organization", they should not be allowed to receive public funding. Which they do. By the truckload. In direct violation of the law.

    Frankly, I don`t approve of my taxes going to an organization that would exclude my children because they don`t believe in god or happened to be gay.
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    hormonella Male 13-17
    28 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 2:24 am
    I would pin that one.
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    Koner_Rox Male 18-29
    112 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 6:35 am
    When i went to camp they had both a zombie survival and a duct tape craftsman badge. lol
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
    1674 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 6:46 am
    "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."

    Obviously the people who came up with these rules never shopped for video games.

    ---`well, best buy sells the game I want for 59.99, while walmart has it on sale for only 59.97.`
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    slimnotslim Male 18-29
    7 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 7:28 am
    3. Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.

    No badge for you, orphans!
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    MrsPoods Female 18-29
    547 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 8:17 am
    Now if they`d allow sewing and feng shui merit pins we`d be making some progress.
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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
    1106 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 9:32 am
    I knew this was where it was going. I had a kid hold a bow and arrow backwards the other day. Another one couldn`t hop a 5` tall chain link fence.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    why bother going to camp if they want to get u to play games. silly!
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    gcghost Male 30-39
    168 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    @ MrsPoods: They DO have a sewing merit badge.
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    tomaj Male 18-29
    50 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Lionhart
    i guess i was just very lucky. All of my leaders had been involved in scouting since they were kids, they had families and most had a boy in the troop. That being said i did notice quite a few mysterious looking few while at camp
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    The reason why I feel that way, tomaj, is because I don`t list discrimination as a "value" to be taught to my children. (Not that I have kids, but if I did.) The BSA discriminates against homosexuals and atheists. They claim the right for this exclusion because they are a "private organization", except they`re not; they receive annual government funding generated by American tax payers. Sounds to me like the BSA is a bunch of BS.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2704 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    "and atheists"

    I`m tired of hearing this. they may ask some of the adults their sexual orientation (though I was an assistant scoutmaster and was never questioned), but they care NOT of your religious views. we had muslims, jews, and myself (an openly agnostic person) as well as atheists. the only thing I did different was I neglected to finish the Scout Oath (and reverent), its not like I preached to the troop how they should turn away from god (cue the devil horns). trust me, they care more about how you are as a person than your political, religious, or sexual views; then again they WILL protect the younger kids from pedophiles, its just like girl scouts won`t let male leaders be alone with girls (SCANDAL SCANDAL!!!!!!)
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    Yaezakura Female 18-29
    385 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    but they care NOT of your religious views
    Demonstrably false. And it has been done. Penn & Teller wrote letters to several scout leaders, posing as a family who wanted their son to join the Scouts, but were worried because their son was an atheist. They received several replies that said things like "a spiritual component is essential to a moral life" and "The Scout Code mentions duty to God above nation, others, and self". In other words, these scout leaders, many of them high ranking officials of the organization, were saying "don`t bother joining if you don`t believe in God".

    Now, it`s true they also received many nice replies from leaders at the local level that said it wouldn`t be an issue. However, the organization is now essentially run by the Mormon Church, and if the higher-ups find someone may be an atheist, they will move to kick them out, be they leader or even a child scout.
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    MountainBord Female 18-29
    1894 posts
    May 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm
    oh jesus
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2010 at 7:02 am
    @yaezakura:

    "Frankly, I don`t approve of my taxes going to an organization that would exclude my children because they don`t believe in god or happened to be gay."

    Luckily your taxes don`t go to them, because they are a private entity.

    The being said, that they are private and all, they can let whomever they want join.
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    May 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    They stop being a private organization when they receive tax payer generated government funding, auburnjunky. So no, they can`t exclude whoever they want.
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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
    1372 posts
    May 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    Atta boy! Shoot that nazi!

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