Boy Scouts Release New Robotics Merit Badge
In 1908, when the organization of the Boy Scouts was originally started, its primary function was to teach boys wilderness survival- lest their fathers get killed in the impending Great War and leave the British Empire scrambling for more troops. But as times change (and with Call of Duty picking up the slack on child combat training) the Boy Scouts of America are finally adding what is sure to be the most necessary of all skills a future child soldier could possess- robotics.
“The Robotics merit badge is an example of how Scouting remains true to its roots to help young people be prepared,” said Bob Mazzuca, BSA Chief Scout Executive, in a press release.
The badge will require the scout to spend 14 hours programming, designing, building and testing robots as well as familiarizing themselves with the various applications and opportunities for robots.
Another first for the Boy Scouts will be the online resource center for Scouts preparing to earn the badge. The website (www.boyslife.com/robotics) will feature interactive resources that will help the scouts learn the skill.
The new badge is part of the BSA’s current emphasis on teaching their members science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM curriculum includes 30 other merit badges that better acquaint Scouts with skills that will ultimately ensure that human kind is wiped out by Skynet, or similar, non-copyrighted artificial intelligence.
While it is possible that the skills of the future Boy Scout might sooner include navigating a remote-controlled, tactical surveillance bot through radioactive urban wastelands than building a lean-to from a pine branch and lashing it together with hand-spun rope, representatives from the Boy Scouts of America have indicated that the core principles of scouting (service to others, leadership, personal achievement, and respect for the outdoors) will remain the same.