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Serving as Captain can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle.

Varsity Team Captain
Selected by:Youth team members
Reports to:Team Coach

The Varsity Team Captain is the top youth leader of the Varsity Scout team and is equivalent to the Senior Patrol Leader in a Boy Scout troop. Elected by the youth team members, he appoints all youth positions of responsibilities except Cocaptain and Squad Leaders. He implements a balanced Denali Award program, may function as a Program Manager for any field of emphasis, and he alone sets requirements for and awards activity pins.

Typical Varsity Scout team organization chart (click to zoom)
Typical Varsity Scout team organization chart (click to zoom)


Position description

The Varsity Team Captain is the youth head of the Varsity Scout team. All other youth positions report to him, directly or indirectly. He is elected by the team's youth members as a whole, usually to serve a 6- or 12-month term.

The Varsity Team Captain seeks out and relies on the guidance of the Team Coach. He maintains a positive attitude and encourages others to fulfill their commitments to the team. He strives to be a team builder and recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of each team member.

Reports to

Team Coach


  • Conducts team meetings under the guidance of the Team Coach.
  • Presides at Team Leadership meetings and works with the Team Coach to develop team and activity agendas.
  • Selects and appoints all youth positions of responsibilities except cocaptains and squad leaders.
  • Selects and appoints Program Managers and other positions of responsibilities with the approval of the Team Coach. He may serve as primary program manager over any field of emphasis.
  • Coordinates activities with the program managers.
  • Conducts the annual Program Planning Clinic.
  • Sets a good example of the ideals of Scouting.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.
  • Implements a balanced Denali Award program with the five fields of emphasis.
  • Set requirements and presents at courts of honor for Varsity Scout Activity Pins.
  • Conducts or oversee conducting of the Varsity Scout courts of honor.
  • Ensures at least one high-adventure Big Event experience each year.
  • Actively assists team members to earn and receive Eagle Scout Rank, Varsity Scout Letter and Varsity Scout letter bars.


The Captain is top youth leader in its unit. Other top youth leaders are:

See also

Varsity Scout portal


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