Did you know that since the introduction of the Chess merit badge in 2011, so many Scouts have earned this merit badge that it has been ranked consistently in the top 25 most popular badges. In fact, it has even ranked above Lifesaving, an Eagle-required badge.
With popularity like that, you may have Scouts that are already asking you about the Chess merit badge. And if you’re looking to start teaching this merit badge for your Scouts, Scouting magazine has developed a great article with key tips on how to teach the Chess merit badge.
Working with Alexey Root, Ph.D., a Chess merit badge counselor and author of numerous books about chess, the magazine article details some important considerations for teaching the Chess merit badge for Scouts.
It starts with finding a merit badge counselor who is qualified. So what happens if you don’t have a local chess Grandmaster? Don’t worry, Scouting shares some great tips on how to connect with merit badge counselors who are knowledgeable and qualified to help.
Playing chess can be a strenuous mental and emotional experience, and the article reminds leaders that it’s important to be sure Scout candidates who are interested in earning the badge are ready to tackle the task. This will help make sure the experience is a positive and rewarding one for all involved.
Of course, reading the Chess merit badge pamphlet is also an excellent way to prepare for earning the badge. For Scouts with little or no prior background in chess, this can help give them the basic knowledge they need to move forward and learn more.
Beyond that, the article also offers perspective on strategy, tactics, and tournaments, all of which should be elements of focus for anyone who wants to know how to teach the Chess merit badge.
Be sure to check out the entire article in the November/December print edition of Scouting magazine, or read the online version.