saw this in the news, I got a little excited. Although, I was surprised the chess merit badge had not already been available. My son, who is in Cub Scouts, earned his chess belt-loop and pin.
The requirements seem fairly comprehensive and they address all the key aspects of the game ... not only do they address the rules, but they delve into strategy, tactics, playing, problem solving and even running a tournament.
The first couple of the requirements also get into chess history, etiquette and describing the benefits of chess.
Maybe the local troop will let me be the merit badge counselor!