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Boy Scouts stay in the game by adding video badge

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary by offering a new merit badge that's turning some heads.

Cub Scouts are always putting another notch in their belt by learning new skills. But today, instead of circling around a campfire, they're mastering Mario Brothers.

With over 100 belt loops to choose from, scouts recently learned video game loops are officially in the badge book. The loops are so hot, the scouts can't keep them in stock.

"There is definitely a buzz about it. The kids are very excited to earn it," a Boy Scouts spokesperson said.

Step one requires a scout to understand the video game ratings system.

"I would say that the video game ratings are good because we don't want three-year-olds playing mature games," cub scout Ben Nothdurft said.

Scout Master Jon Sivers can teach a child how to rub two sticks together, but this is one skill he knows nothing about.

"Have you ever tried to play with a 12-year-old? They will just whomp you right away," Sivers said.

After homework and chores, the scouts have to promise to limit their gaming to an hour a day. So how's that going over?

"There are free rights in this country and you should be able to play video games as much as you want and not do your homework," cub scout Miles Terry said.

It takes about an hour for a cub scout to earn a video game belt loop, but earning the video game pin usually takes a couple of weeks.

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