The Scouts (now open to boys and girls) is a cultural institution, steeped in tradition and history - but it's also open to new things. Want proof? Next year, the organisation debuts a merit badge in Game Design.
Janice Downey, senior innovation manager with the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) explains that the Game Design Merit badge will give Scouts the opportunity to focus on a number of different types of gaming:
This has been designed for at least a couple of valid reasons: Different types of games mean different types of scouts will be interested, always a good thing. In addition to that, however, it's quite unrestricted, meaning that Scouts who don't have easy access to a computer will not be prevented from achieving this badge.
The new Merit Badge will also encourage Scouts to learn:
The Game Design merit badge nestles right up against a whole pile of new and upcoming badges, from the traditional (Cooking, Kayaking, Welding, Chess, Scouting Heritage) to the much more modern (Animation, Robotics, Geocaching (with smartphones!) and Programming).
At this stage, there's no launch date set for the new Game Design merit badge, but we hear that attendees at next year's 2013 International Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia will get the first look.
(Thanks Drew for the headsup!)
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