Varsity Scout Activity Pins
|This article is about the Activity Pins for Varsity Scouts. For the 26 Boy Scout Venture Patrol ultimate activity pins see Venture Patrol Activity Pins.|
Youth Varsity Scout team members who participate in a "ultimate adventure" may earn a Varsity Scout Letter. Such an activity may occur every three to six months; the event is chosen by the team, planned and carried out by the high-adventure/sports program manager, and requires practice or training sessions. If the activity falls into one of the 27 Varsity Scout program features, then an activity pin may be optionally awarded. The team captain (youth team leader) determines the requirements and awards the pins at a court of honor.
Teams may schedule an ultimate adventure that is a "big event" where the other program managers plan activities in the same program feature. Related merit badges may be earned before or during the event.Below are types of examples program managers could plan for ultimate adventures; these activities are demanding and for many you must consult the Varsity Scout Features pamphlets for information, safety and consultant needs. Since there are no set requirements for the activity pins, the team captain determines what the participation requirements are within the high-adventure/sports event:
Backpacking50 Miler Award, the Leave No Trace award, or the Backpacking or Hiking merit badge.
BasketballSports merit badge.
BowlingEngineering or Sports merit badge for advancement.
Canoe campingSafety Afloat; earn the 50 Miler Award, the Leave No Trace award, and the Canoeing or the Sports merit badge.
CavingGeology merit badge for advancement.
Cross-country skiingSnow Sports merit badge.
CyclingCycling or Sports merit badge.
FishingFishing, Fly Fishing or Sports merit badge.
FrontiersmanWilderness Survival merit badge.
MechanicsTraffic Safety and the Auto Mechanics merit badges.
Operation On-targetRadio or Photography merit badges.
There are two pins available, a V-shaped pin for the first participation and another for each attendance thereafter.
OrienteeringOrienteering merit badge.
Rock climbing and rappellingClimb On Safely procedures. Advancement activities may include earning the Climbing merit badge.
Roller hockeySkating or Sports merit badge.
Shooting sportsShotgun Shooting, Rifle Shooting, Archery and Sports merit badges.
Snow campingKlondike Derby or hike. Advancement activities could include earning the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
SoccerSports merit badge.
SoftballSports merit badge.
SurvivalWilderness Survival merit badge. This adventure should be to work together with members of the team to solve problems and live in harmony with one another. Support activities may include having the team take an American Red Cross wilderness first aid course.
SwimmingSwimming or Lifesaving merit badges, or include earning BSA Lifeguard but this activity focuses on the skills of competitive swimming and endurance such the Mile Swim BSA or a swimming meet for the Sports merit badge.
TennisSports merit badge.
TriathlonPersonal Fitness, Athletics, Sports, Cycling, Skating or Snow Sports merit badge.
VolleyballSports merit badge.
WaterskiingSafety Afloat and conducting a safety session for a Boy Scout troop. Advancement activities could earn the Water Sports or Sports merit badges.
Whitewater canoeingWhitewater merit badge and learning and demonstrating BSA Safety Afloat.
| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Varsity Scout Handbook, 2016 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #621535)
Help with these requirements
- Varsity Team Program Features Pamphlets No. 1, 2, 3 (34837, 34838, 34839)