The Boy Scouts motto of "be prepared" used to refer to wood craft skills like path finding, live saving, and compass navigation. Now, a new merit badge available to troop members shows the Boys Scouts of America entering the digital age.
The new game design merit badge will encourage Boy Scouts ages 11 to 18 to analyze different types of games and describe play value, theme and content all while learning the value of intellectual property, and Boy Scout officials are saying they don't feel it takes away from the Boy Scouts initial principles.
"This merit badge is one of 131 merit badges of the boy scouting program. It is one of 5 merit badges that have come out within the last 12 months. Search and rescue, kayaking, welding and robotics have all come out during that time period as well. And this just helps to further make scouting relevant" says Evangeline Area Boy Scouts' Art Hawkins.
This merit badge requires scouts to design and pitch ideas for a new game whether it be a card game or on a digital device.
Once the idea is approved, the scout must build a prototype to be tested by his peers in order to receive the badge.