The Varsity Scout Team Coach is the adult responsible for working directly with the Varsity Scouts to help them create the program for the team. The team coach is equivalent to the Scoutmaster in a Boy Scout troop. The team coach trains boy leaders to run the team by providing direction, coaching, and support.
The key adult leader of a Varsity Scout team is the Coach. Sometimes in the middle of activities, but more often from the sidelines, the Coach tries very hard to make it possible for Varsity Scouts to work together as effective team players who live according to the principles of Scouting. The chartered organization must give careful thought to the responsibilities of a Varsity Scout Coach and select candidate who will do his or her best to fulfill these obligations.
|— Robert Baden-Powell, Lessons from the Varsity of Life, 1933|
- Trains and guides Varsity Scout youth leaders to run their teams.
- Involves the parents of team members to maximize the effectiveness of Varsity Scouting.
- Attends all team meetings and activities.
- Guides team leaders in planning the program.
- Conducts Coaches Conferences for rank advancement with each Varsity Scout.
- Meets and works with the Team Committee.
- Helps recruit Assistant Team Coaches.
- Takes advantage of available training opportunities.
- Attends Varsity huddles (roundtables) to share ideas with other Coaches in the district and council.
- Maintains the principles and rules of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
- Uses the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.
- Can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years of age.
- Is appointed by the head of the chartered organization.
The Team Coach is the key youth-facing adult leader in the unit. Other key unit adult leaders are:
- Scoutmaster - Boy Scouting
- Team Coach - Varsity Scouting
- Crew Advisor - Venturing
- Skipper - Sea Scouting
- Post Advisor - Exploring