Cub Scouts To Offer Video Gaming Merit Pin

Submitted by: mamerv 6 years ago
http://www.dailytech.com/Cub+Scouts+Offers+Belt+Loop+Pin+for+Video+Games/article18257.htm

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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Male 1,371
Atta boy! Shoot that nazi!
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Female 4,447
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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Male 10,339
@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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Female 1,894
oh jesus
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Female 385
[quote]but they care NOT of your religious views[/quote]
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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Male 2,703
"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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Female 4,447
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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Male 50
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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Male 168
@ MrsPoods: They DO have a sewing merit badge.
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Male 25,416
why bother going to camp if they want to get u to play games. silly!
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Male 1,106
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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Female 547
Now if they`d allow sewing and feng shui merit pins we`d be making some progress.
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Male 7
3. Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.

No badge for you, orphans!
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Male 1,674
"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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Male 112
When i went to camp they had both a zombie survival and a duct tape craftsman badge. lol
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Male 28
I would pin that one.
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Female 385
[quote]Is that because they don`t let homosexuals be adult leaders? If that`s the case, it`s not illegal.[/quote]
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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Male 8,302
> 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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Male 774
15 years later:

Boy Scouts pie eating merit badge.

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Followed by video games.
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Male 2,703
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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Male 2,703
"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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Male 208
Lionhart, what in the world are you basing this on.
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Male 8,302
@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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Male 50
@Ani187
just curious why you feel that way
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Male 8,302
The Great Outdoors... Manliness... Generosity... Service... Improvisation... Skill... and sit-on-your-ass-pwning-noobs...

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Female 4,447
<----fellow Penn and Teller watcher.
I would never allow my child into the BSA, video game badge or not.
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Male 411
Hm... if the parents force them to do it... then they might not want to...
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Male 1,351
Wow, Cub Scouts has sure changed since I was in it. Good work targeting your demographic, industrious BSA!
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Male 2,703
"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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Male 15,510
That is one wicked controller, perhaps for PlayStation 4?
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Male 12,138
[quote]Too bad the BSA are a law-breaking bunch of bigots these days (as they don`t allow homosexual leaders).[/quote]
Ironic then that the original founder of the scouting movement, Baden Powell, was a screaming bender.
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Male 868
Progress!
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Male 10,440
[quote] 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. [/quote]

I also watched Penn and Teller.
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Female 1,386
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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Male 1,371
Thats a weird ass looking game controler?>
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Male 3,314
"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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Male 7,378
How long before there are no people left to teach?
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Female 385
It`s kind of neat. Too bad the BSA are a law-breaking bunch of bigots these days.
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Male 50
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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Male 328
Link: Cub Scouts To Offer Video Gaming Merit Pin [Rate Link] - 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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