Well lucky for all of us, a company called Fanboy Scouts is here to validate you with embroidered badges. I wasn't in the Girl Scouts, but I've seen merit badges and I was jealous. Now I can get my very own scout patches, and in my opinion, they are infinitely cooler. In their words:
"Simply put, a Geek Merit Badge is an embroidered patch that represents your ability to achieve specific skills, goals and adventures from fictional universes of literature, movies, t.v. video games and more. Like the Boy Scouts of America, we offer high-quality, 100% embroidered patches with unique designs that show the world what you have been a part of."
Check out their site to view the first collection they have available, and you can make suggestions - as many as you want. If they choose your design, you'll get 10 free merit badges! They'll consider custom orders too. You know you want badges for your gaming group or especially for your next gaming tournament. I plan to get several to give as gifts to my fellow geeks.
Listen to Brian of Fanboy Scouts chat about how the idea came about and more on the Power Geeks podcast from last week.