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Boy Scouts announce new award for playing video games

You knew it had to be coming — recognition in the U.S. Scouting program for playing video games.

The Boy Scouts of America have recently introduced a new belt loop and academic pin available to Cub Scouts for having an understanding and ability with computer and video games.

The Boy Scouts also have three new merit badges and four temporary, revived merit badges available this year.

According to some scouting sources, these new awards were among the most controversial ones in recent years.

John Gailey, spokesman for the National Parks Council, said he was surprised when he heard about these new video gaming awards and initially feared they would simply be skill oriented.

"However, it's not about becoming a great gamer," he said, explaining the awards are based on cubs learning about licensing, game ratings and responsibility.

He stressed the belt loop is also focused on youth balancing their time playing video games against their other responsibilities.

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