For those of you bemoaning the idea that scouting was once about hikes, citizenship, and tourniquets, take comfort in the fact that the Cub Scouts offer a belt loop and pin for video games.

To earn the Chess merit badge, you must demonstrate knowledge such as the following:

Demonstrate to your counselor that you know each of the following. Then, using Scouting’s Teaching EDGE, teach the following to a Scout who does not know how to play chess:

  • The name of each chess piece
  • How to set up a chessboard
  • How each chess piece moves, including castling and en passant captures

It goes on to more advanced strategy topics, and culminates with having to play and analyze three games of Chess OR play in, or organize, a Chess tournament.

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