Yep, it's true. Looks like the Cub Scouts are getting with the times, adding awards for learning the important (and fun) points about videogames. As a father of two cub scouts, I like how this award teaches both the responsibility of gaming safely, and trying new games.
Not sure if letting them play Halo 3 over Xbox LIVE negates all that goodness, but helping them get this award is a start...
Jason Buffington, aka XboxDad offers details on his blog post Yes, there is a Video Game belt-loop for Cub Scouts:
Yes, there is a new belt loop to encourage cub scouts (1st – 4th grade) to learn more about video gaming. Notice, that it is recognized for “learning” – it is considered an Academic belt loop, not a sports belt loop. So, the emphasis isn’t about playing a video game, compared with going outside for any other game or activity. [...]
For the Video Game belt loop, here are the learning objectives:
- Explain why it is important to have a rating system for video games. Check your video games to be sure they are right for your age.
- With an adult, create a schedule for you to do things that includes your chores, homework, and video gaming. Do your best to follow this schedule.
- Learn to play a new video game that is approved by your parent, guardian, or teacher.