Service Program Adviser

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Program Adviser

A Varsity Scout Team Service Program Adviser is a Team Committee member and an adult counterpart to a youth Service Program Manager in the Varsity Scout team. The program adviser serves as a sounding board and adviser as the youth plans and is primary leader for his program.

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


Position description

This program adviser mets with the youth program manager. The Varsity Scout acts a primary leader by supervising one or more advancement and award activities; the adviser provides direction and encouragement for these activities. The program manager learns leadership skills by carrying out these activities, and satisfies a requirement for the Denali Award. The other Varsity Scouts on the team may also fulfill a requirement for the Denali Award by active participation in the planned event. The adviser does not need to attend the activity, but approves the activity of the primary leader and determines what is required by the other Varsity Scouts to satisfy "participation."

Worthwhile activities help the Varsity Scouts toward Boy Scout advancement, Varsity Scout Letter and Denali trail advancement. and Scouting awards and merit badges. Activities for the religious award may be also coordinated with the Chaplain Aide.


Appointed by the Team Committee Chairman (can be recommended by the Team Coach). The program adviser can be a parent of a youth member of the chartered organization; in smaller units, the team coach may serve as a program adviser. The chairman along with the team coach meets with the program adviser to review duties.


  • Serves on the team committee.
  • Guides and mentors the youth advancement program manager.
  • Meets with the youth program manager(s) to advise and encourage worthwhile leadership activities that will help the team provide service and the program manager satisfies the Denali requirement.
  • Helps select service projects that provide meaningful assistance to individuals, families, organizations, etc., and fit with the standards of the BSA such as "Scouting for Food."
  • Provide resources for potential services projects.
  • Communicate with community and religious leaders the desire of your team to provide meaningful service.
  • Assist Varsity Scouts in planning service projects necessary for advancement.
  • Acquire materials, funds, or tools needed for services projects.
  • Supervise the project to assure the safety and protection of all those involved.
  • Work with the team committee and other program manages to integrate personal development activities into all team events.
  • Reaches out to Varsity Scouts who do not regularly participate.
  • Participates in boards of review on a regular basis.
  • Completes all training that is available for the adult Varsity Scout leader.
  • Sets an example for youth members by maintaining the principles of the Boys Scouts of America.


Beyond the obvious benefits, the service field of emphasis helps Varsity Scouts perform service hours for rank advancement and fulfill this requirement for the Denali Award.

Please make yourself available to meet the youth program manager, especially for the first time meeting. It is critical to get together with a program manager very soon after he receives this new assignment. Familiarize yourself with the Varsity Scout Team Activity Planning Worksheet; make sure that the Varsity Scout completes one for "event" activities (involving team meetings), and submits it to his Squad Leader.

Working with the youth advancement program manager

A program manager’s tenure can be a short as three months so help him make a plan and get started right away. Help the Scout choose a project that will benefit the lives of the team and others. Seek inspiration from God and make the effort for adequate planning.


Service projects can be fairly diverse and should be interesting for the program manager. Read the program manager’s duties and the Varsity Scout Guidebook pp. 99-105. Help the program manager choose from “Ideas for Service Activities” and the “Program Features at a Glance.” Other activities may be approved be approved by the adult program adviser that encourage advancement and allow the Scout to exercise leadership by organizing multi-step projects, making assignments, and working with Scouts and other adults.

Program helps

Event and ultimate adventure planning

See also

Varsity Scout portal

Varsity awards:

Team Advancement Leaders:

Personal tools