Varsity Scout Letter
For the BSA 'V' emblem awarded to Boy Scouts in a Venture patrol see Venture Patrol Letter.
A Varsity Scout letter may be earned by Varsity Scouts in a who participate in an ultimate adventure based on a high-adventure or sports feature.
The Varsity Scout program is a stand-alone unit within a chartered organization. Youth members of a Varsity Scout team are boys 14 to 17 years old organized in squads. The Varsity Scout's youth leader is the team captain. The Varsity Scout letter is administered by the Varsity team coach.
Varsity Scout letter
The Varsity Scout letter is awarded to team members who participate in an "ultimate adventure." Ultimate adventures are based on high-adventure or sports program features and are preceded by training or practice sessions. High-adventure/sports activities occur every three to six months, but teams participate in a "big event" (an extended experience such as a BSA high-adventure base) once a year.
Varsity Scout letter bar
Main article: Varsity Scout Letter Bar
Varsity Scouts earn the letter at the conclusion of the first ultimate adventure, and receive another letter (a Varsity Scout letter bar that pins to the letter emblem) for each adventure completed thereafter.
Varsity Scout activity pins
Main article: Varsity Scout Activity Pins
In addition to the Varsity Scout letter or letter bar, team members may be optionally awarded one of 27 Varsity Scout activity pins to the letter emblem. The team captain (youth leader) sets the requirements and awards the activity pins. Activities are planned by the youth High-adventure/Sports program manager; possible activities may be other than the 27 program features. Activities outside of the program features are not awarded activity pins.
Both youth and adult team members may earn the letter.
- 1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
- 2. Advance at least one rank in the Boy Scout program (or earning a palm for those who are already Eagle Scouts).
- 3. Serve in leadership positions in a Varsity Scout team for at least six months.
- 4. Perform the primary leadership role on at least two activities, and provide supportive leadership in the remaining in the five areas of emphasis. Program managers choose activities in their field of emphasis; team captains may serve as primary leader any of the five fields of emphasis.
- 5. Satisfy to the team captain that you know and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge.
- 6. Complete a progress review by a review board that includes a district or council representative and is lead by the advancement program manager.
- 1. Complete Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start training and Varsity Scout Leader Fundamentals training (approved by training committee).
- 2. Attend at least six Varsity Huddles (Roundtables).
- 3. Complete a minimum of six months as a registered Varsity Scout leader.
Source: 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A), Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet (34283)
Help with these requirements
Print, trim and fold scorecard for a youth team member to retain in his possession, and keep track of his award requirements and progress:
- Varsity Scout Letter Scorecard (186K PDF) BSA 1991 (No. 18-749).
- Varsity Scout Letter Scorecard (75K PDF) Modified, Team 336 Omaha, NE (Rev. 6/06).
Print, trim and fold scorecard for an adult team member to retain, and keep track of award requirements and progress:
- Varsity Scout Leader Letter Scorecard (186K PDF) BSA 1991 (No. 18-750).
- Varsity Scout Leader Letter Scorecard (19K PDF) BSA 1991 (Recreated for smaller file and better reproduction).
- Varsity Scout Leader Letter Scorecard (142K PDF) Modified, Greater St. Louis Area Council (Rev. 4/03).
A related adult scorecard is the Varsity Scout Leader Progress for the Coach's Key and the Varisty Scout Leader Training Award:
- Varsity Scout Leader's Progress Record (21K PDF) BSA 1991).
- Varsity Scout Individual History Report (45K PDF) Keep track of Varsity Scout letter and Denali Award progress dates and events.