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If enough people email the Boy Scouts, maybe this will become a reality

Merit badges are an important part of being a Boy Scout.  You have to earn a butt-load of them to get your Eagle Scout.  I did five more than required for Eagle and earned my Bronze Palm too (at which point I learned how to settle for the bronze.)  There’s one kid out there who earned them all in 2007 (well, probably not all during that year, that’s when the news story is dated.)  He says bugling was the hardest of the 122 which he earned, by the way.  Is your interest piqued?  I know mine is, so here’s a few of my favorite merit badges you can earn at the moment: American Labor, Composite Materials, Disabilities Awareness, and Pulp and Paper.

Disabilities awareness?  Sign me up!

Those are just a few of the exciting, interesting, cool, current merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America (and just what the heck is composite materials anyway?  And if I if I’ve never even heard of it before, why is it a merit badge?!)  Sadly, I have distressing news.  The Bee Keeping, Book Binding, Citrus Fruit Culture, and Pigeon Raising merit badges have all been discontinued.  No, really, those were all proud member of the merit badge family at one point (check here!)  I have selected my own personal favorite discontinued badge – and I’m definitely going with the stalking badge.

Wait, stalking?  WHAT THE . . . why was there a badge in stalking?  After extensive research (I looked at the first three links that come up in google when you search for stalker merit badge and didn’t immediately find the answer) I can officially declare that I have no idea what this was about.

Anyway, with so many good merit badges going the way of the dodo – even the very important merit badge to prepare you for repetitive, dangerous factory work (Foundry Practice! – really!) – I feel the need to encourage the Boy Scouts to create at least one, new, more modern merit badge:  the Video Game merit badge.  I’ve written up a set of suggested requirements:

1.  Earn 1000 X-Box Live Achievement Points or 20 Playstation Network Trophies.

2.  Explain the benefits of a head shot in a First Person Shooter.

3.  Research a video game developer.  List the titles this developer has worked on.  Describe to your merit badge counselor the challenges this developer has overcome as well as his weaknesses.

4.  Do ANY two of the following:

A.  Attend a formal video game conference (E3, GDC, TGS, etc.)  Describe your feelings at the priviledge of attending such an event to your counselor.

B.  Cosplay (dress as a video game character) for Halloween or in conjunction with requirement 4-A.  Take an active role in creating your costume.

C.  Email an online gaming “celebrity.”  Discuss with that person ways to enter the industry.  Report to your counselor on your chances of starting a career in video games.

D.  Write a review of a game (either modern or retro.)  Submit it to a gaming website.  Share their reply with your merit badge counselor.

5.  Describe your feelings about motion control.  Do you think it constitutes a revolution?  Share your opinions with a counselor.

6.  Do ANY one of the following:

A.  Complete a game that requires at least 20 hours of play time.

B.  Take the top spot in an online game consisting of at least 15 other players.

C.  Do more than 2000 hula-hoop spins in a 5 minute period on Wii Fit.

D.  Post  a speed run of your beating a game in less than 10 minutes to a video website.

7.  Describe a n00b.  Become l33t.

Oh, and the Nut Culture merit badge?  It officially got dropped in 1954 and America has never been the same since.


October 25, 2008 - Posted by | Nerd Lore, Ron's Posts | ,


  1. “Boy Scouts” sucks. How about the “Actually Wear your uniform to the mall and walk around without getting punched” merit badge

    Comment by The Emporess | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. In England, hunting is called stalking. Maybe that’s what the badge was for.

    Good thoughts. Who do we write to?

    love to all


    Comment by 5resqmom | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Haven’t commented in a while, but this one drew me out of seclusion. I’d actually go for this one, but I have a tendency to frag old ladies while helping them cross the street. 😦

    Comment by Jeremy | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Haha! That’s a really clever badge…but come on…Girl Scouts are WAY better! I’d like to see a Boy Scout earn the Gold Award. Wouldn’t be so easy for them…

    (the previous comment was paid for by AGSC/GSGLA…not really but they do pay my bills)


    Comment by Lisa | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. lol. What more can I say?! You crack me up. . . yet again!

    Comment by Ve | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. I think I knew some guys that got the stalking merit badge. It’s nice to know that they weren’t creepy – they were just Boy Scouts!

    Comment by Liz | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  7. Mel – Don’t be jealous because you never joined an organization that officially recognized and encouraged pyromania.

    Mom – that thought had crossed my mind, but it didn’t sound as funny.

    Jeremy – Nice to see you return from your hermitship of lurking. Old ladies FTW!

    Lisa – and GS uniforms are a lot better too.

    Ve – Thanks, I am to please!

    Liz – they were just working on their Eagle Scout . . . VERY diligently.

    Comment by brondabailey | October 27, 2008 | Reply

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