Varsity Scouting is a program for young men who are at least 14 years of age but not yet 18. It provides options for young men who are looking for rugged high adventure or challenging sporting activities and still want to be a part of a Scouting program that offers the advancement and values of the Boy Scouts of America.
Varsity Scouts are members of a Varsity Scout team chartered to a community organization, such as a church or service club. It is led by a youth Varsity Scout team captain and an adult leader called a Varsity Scout Coach. The Coach is supported by an adult committee, made up of parents and members of the chartered organization. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered independently of a Scout troop, but the chartering procedure is essentially the same. The team may be divided into squads, and each squad elects a youth squad leader.
Varsity Scouting has five fields of emphasis. A youth member, called a program manager, is responsible for each of the five fields of emphasis and works with an adult member called a program adviser from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of emphasis are:
Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc.
This program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features.
Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
The emphasis is on service, until it becomes a constant ingredient in one's daily experience. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events on district, council, regional, and national levels.
The Varsity letter may be earned by youth and adult members. The youth requirements are:
The Denali Award is available only to a Varsity Scout team's youth members who have already earned the Varsity Scout letter. Denali is the name American Indians gave Mount McKinley, in central Alaska. The requirements for the award are:
The traditional Boy Scout uniform with a "Varsity" identification strip above the right pocket and with blaze shoulder loops is worn for formal occasions. Many teams design their own T-shirt for outdoor activities.
Varsity Scouts will use the Scout Oath.
Three volumes of program features support the high-adventure/sports program field of emphasis. Each program feature contains resource materials that will prepare a team for an ultimate adventure or sports season. The high-adventure subjects are backpacking, canoe camping, caving, cycling, discover America, fishing, freestyle biking, frontiersman, mechanics, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, snow camping, survival, and whitewater canoeing. Each feature contains approximately three months of program. The sports program features contain basic rules, techniques, and strategies for basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, roller hockey, shooting sports, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and water skiing.
The Varsity Scout Guidebook is used by adult leaders and youth in Varsity Scouting.
The Boy Scout Handbook contains information devoted to Varsity Scouts and supporting the Varsity Scout program.
The Troop/Team Record Book is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial record keeping.
The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders.
This is a three-part training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders.
The Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the program features.
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