A spokesman confirmed on Friday that the Boy Scouts of America have expanded their awards for outdoor activities such as tent pitching and tying knots to include videogame dexterity and ratings awareness.
The new awards program gives the seven-to-11-year-old Cub Scouts members "belt loop and pins" for mastery of Playstation, X-Box and Wii video games, but the children must also prove they understand the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings.
AdvertisementThe ratings system recommends video games appropriate to a child's age "so we can arm the parents with good information, how to make the determination if its something they want," Boy Scouts spokesman Renee Fairrer told AFP.
"Video games are in two-thirds of American homes. That's a pretty good number of people; they are in our schools, in most libraries," he said, explaining the reason behind the new awards program.
And the Boy Scouts are sure video games will not turn their younger members into couch potatoes.
"We have 53 programs and 28 of them are sports related like skateboard, rollers, hockey. It's a good balance," Fairrer said.