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:''See: [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-923.aspx Varsity Scouting Fact Sheet]
'''Varsity Scouting''' is a program of the [[Boy Scouts of America]]. It is available to boys under the age of 18 who meet the following qualifications:
'''Varsity Scouting''' is a program of the [[Boy Scouts of America]]. It is available to boys under the age of 18 who meet the following qualifications:
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:'''Prior participation in [[Cub Scouting]] or [[Boy Scouting]] is not required.'''
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:'''Prior participation in [[Cub Scout Leader Portal|Cub Scouting]] or [[Boy Scout Portal|Boy Scouting]] is not required.'''
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Varsity Scouting provides options for young men who are looking for rugged high adventure or challenging sporting activities and still want to be a part of a Scouting program that offers the advancement opportunities and values of the Boy Scouts of America.
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Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: [[Advancement Program Manager|advancement]], [[High-Adventure/Sports Program Manager|high-adventure/sports]], [[Personal Development Program Manager|personal development]], [[Service Program Manager|service]], and [[Special Programs and Events Program Manager|special programs and events]]. Each of these programs is led by a youth member of the [[team]] called a [[program manager]], who receives assistance from an adult [[Program Adviser]] (a member of the [[Team Committee]]).<!--The Varsity Scout Guidebook 2000 ed. spells "High-Adventure/Sports" with a dash between high and adventure. Please respect this authorized spelling in the context of Varsity Scouts.-->
==Organization==
==Organization==
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Varsity Scouts are members of a Varsity Scout team chartered to a community organization, such as a church or service club. It is led by a youth Varsity Scout team captain and an adult leader called a Varsity team coach. The coach is supported by an adult committee, made up of parents and members of the chartered organization. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered independently of a Scout troop, but the chartering procedure is essentially the same.
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Varsity Scouts are members of a Varsity Scout [[Team]] chartered to a community organization, such as a church or service club. It is led by a youth Varsity Scout team [[Captain]] and an adult leader called a Varsity [[Team Coach]]. The coach is supported by an adult [[Team Committee]], made up of parents and members of the chartered organization. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered independently of a Scout troop, but the chartering procedure is essentially the same.
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The team may be divided into squads, and each squad elects a youth squad leader.
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The team may be divided into [[Squad]]s, and each squad elects a youth [[Squad Leader]].
==Program==
==Program==
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Varsity Scouting has five fields of emphasis. A youth member, called a program manager, is responsible for each of the five fields of emphasis and works with an adult member called a program adviser from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of emphasis are:
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Varsity Scouting has five fields of emphasis. A youth member, called a [[Program Manager]], is responsible for each of the five fields of emphasis and works with an adult member called a [[Program Adviser]] from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of emphasis are:
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;Advancement: Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc.
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;[[Advancement Program Manager|Advancement]]: Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc.
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;High Adventure/Sports: This program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features.
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;[[High-Adventure/Sports Program Manager|High-Adventure/Sports]]: This program field of emphasis includes high-adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features.
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;Personal Development: Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
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;[[Personal Development Program Manager|Personal Development]]: Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, [[citizenship]], social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
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;Service: The emphasis is on service, with the intent that it become integral to one's daily experience. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
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;[[Service Program Manager|Service]]: The emphasis is on service, with the intent that it become integral to one's daily experience. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
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;Special Programs and Events: Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events at district, council, regional, and national levels.
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;[[Special Programs and Events Program Manager|Special Programs and Events]]: Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events at district, council, regional, and national levels.
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===Awards===
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==Program Specialization==
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:''From: [http://scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/threewaysvarsity.aspx Three Ways Your Council Can Utilize Varsity Scouting]
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Varsity Scouting allows a [[charter organization]] to design a program that fits its own needs. Many community organizations use Varsity Scouting as part of their youth program, including the United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Lutheran Church, public schools, and housing authorities.
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====Varsity Scout Letter====
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has customized the program to fulfill its needs. Although the program is designed for young men ages 14 to 18, the LDS Church uses Varsity Scouting only for its young men ages 14 to 15. There is still a tremendous opportunity to expand Varsity Scouting within the LDS Church. All LDS wards should have a Varsity Scout team as part of their youth program.
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''Main article: [[Varsity Scout Letter]]''
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==Leadership and program==
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[[Varsity Scouting]] offers five program fields of emphasis: Advancement, High-Adventure/Sports, Personal
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development, Service, and Special Programs and Events. Each of these programs is led by a member of the team called a [[Program Manager]], who receives assistance from a member of the [[Team Committee]]. <!--The Varsity Scout Guidebook 2000 ed. spells "High-Adventure/Sports" with a dash between high and adventure. Please respect this authorized spelling in the context of Varsity Scouts.-->
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The Varsity letter may be earned by youth and adult members. The youth requirements are:
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Position of responsibility requirements for [[Star]] and [[Life]] ranks may be met by a Varsity Scout serving as a team [[Captain]], [[Cocaptain]], [[Program Manager]], [[Squad Leader]], or other leadership roles assigned by the team coach. The acceptable [[Positions_of_Responsibility#Varsity_Scout_team|positions of responsibility]] for the Eagle Scout rank are listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application.
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:1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
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==Advancement and recognition==
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:2. While a team member, actively participate in or accomplish at least one high-adventure program or sports program to the satisfaction of your Varsity Scout coach.
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:3. Have an attendance record at team meetings and practice sessions of at least 75 percent for three consecutive months.
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The Varsity Scout advancement follows the same rank requirements to [[Eagle Scout Rank|Eagle]] and [[Eagle Palms]] as those for Boy Scouts. Supplementing this Eagle trail, a Varsity Scout is also eligible for the additional advancement opportunity of earning the [[Denali Award]]. To do this he must earn at least one [[Varsity Letter]], and serve as Program Manager (a [[Position_of_responsibility#Varsity_Scout_team|position of responsibility]]), acting as primary leader in at least two of the fields of emphasis and participating in the remaining three fields.
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:4. Satisfy the Varsity Scout coach that you know and live by the Scout Oath and Law.
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At the completion of each sports season or ultimate adventure, each participating Varsity Scout will receive a medallion to wear on the letter.
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===Varsity Letter===
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{{main|Varsity Letter}}
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{{quote-source|The Varsity Scout letter V-emblem is awarded to team members who participate high-adventure or sports program features and are preceded by training or practice sessions. Activities are planned by the youth high-adventure/sports program manager; participation may also result in the team member receiving a [[Varsity Scout Activity Pins|Varsity Scout activity pin]] for the V-emblem. [[Varsity Scout Letter Bar|Varsity Scout letter bar pins]] are awarded for subsequently completed high-adventure or sports program features.|2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)}}
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====Denali Award====
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===Denali Award===
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{{quote-source|The Denali Award is the highest award in Varsity Scouting. Varsity Scouts must earn at least one Varsity Letter, and serve as program manager (a position of responsibility), acting as primary leader in at least two of the fields of emphasis and participating in the remaining three fields.|2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)}}
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''Main article: [[Denali Award]]''
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===Merit Badges===
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The Denali Award is available only to a Varsity Scout team's youth members who have already earned the Varsity Scout letter. Denali is the name American Indians gave Mount McKinley, in central Alaska. The requirements for the award are:
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Varsity Scouts can earn [[Merit Badges]] by following the same requirements and policies as [[Boy Scouts]].
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:1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
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:2. Advance one rank toward Eagle. If you are already an Eagle Scout, earn a Palm.
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:3. Hold leadership positions in a Varsity Scout team for at least six months.
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:4.a. While serving as team captain or a program manager, act as primary leader on at least two activities. Program managers should choose activities in their field of emphasis. Team captains may be primary leaders of activities in any of the five fields of emphasis.
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:4.b. While serving as a program manager or team captain, demonstrate shared leadership skills by participating in supportive roles in activities in each of the three remaining fields of emphasis.
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:5. Satisfy the team captain that you know and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge.
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:6. Complete a progress review.
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===Uniforms===
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{{main|Varsity Scout uniform insignia}}
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The traditional Boy Scout uniform with a "Varsity" identification strip above the right pocket and with blaze orange shoulder loops is worn for formal occasions. Many teams design their own T-shirt for outdoor activities.
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The official Boy Scout [[uniform]] with a [[Varsity strip]] identification above the right pocket and with blaze orange shoulder loops. Many teams design their own T-shirt for outdoor activities.
===Scout Oath===
===Scout Oath===
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Varsity Scouts will use the [[Scout Oath]]. Varsity team members will also learn and live by the [[Varsity Scout Pledge]].
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==See also==
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{{Varsity Scout portal}}
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===Varsity Scout Pledge===
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{{Varsity See also}}
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:As a Varsity Scout I, will:
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:Live by the [[Scout Oath]] (Promise), [[Scout Law|Law]], [[Scout Motto|motto]], and [[Scout Slogan|slogan]];
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:Honor the dignity and worth of all persons; Promote the cause of freedom; and
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==Resources==
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;Program Features: Three volumes of program features support the high-adventure/sports program field of emphasis.
;Program Features: Three volumes of program features support the high-adventure/sports program field of emphasis.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/VarsityTeamProgram-V1.pdf Varsity Team Program Features V1]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/VarsityTeamProgram-V2.pdf Varsity Team Program Features V2]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/VarsityTeamProgram-V3.pdf Varsity Team Program Features V3]
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:Each program feature contains resource materials that will prepare a team for an ultimate adventure or sports season. The high-adventure areas are backpacking, canoe camping, caving, cycling, discover America, fishing, freestyle biking, frontiersman, mechanics, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, snow camping, survival, and whitewater canoeing. Each feature contains approximately three months of program.
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Each program feature contains resource materials that will prepare a team for an ultimate adventure or sports season. The high-adventure areas are backpacking, canoe camping, caving, cycling, discover America, fishing, freestyle biking, frontiersman, mechanics, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, snow camping, survival, and whitewater canoeing. Each feature contains approximately three months of program.
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:'''''Varsity Scout Guidebook.''''' The Varsity Scout Guidebook is used by adult leaders and youth in Varsity Scouting.
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:'''''Boy Scout Handbook.''''' The Boy Scout Handbook contains information devoted to Varsity Scouts and supporting the Varsity Scout program.
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:'''''Troop/Team Record Book.''''' The Troop/Team Record Book is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial records.
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:'''''Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start.''''' The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders.
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:'''''Varsity Scout Leader Fundamentals.''''' This is a three-part training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders.
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:'''''Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide.''''' The Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the program features.
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==References==
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The sports program features contain basic rules, techniques, and strategies for basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, roller hockey, shooting sports, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and waterskiing.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/factsheets/02-923E.html ''Varsity Scouting'', BSA Fact Sheet 02-923E] (2006 Edition)
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*'''''Varsity Scout Guidebook.''''' The Varsity Scout Guidebook is used by [[adult leaders]] and youth in Varsity Scouting.
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*'''''[[Boy Scout Handbook]].''''' The Boy Scout Handbook contains information devoted to Varsity Scouts and supporting the Varsity Scout program.
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*'''''Troop/Team Record Book.''''' The Troop/Team Record Book is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial records.
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*'''''[[Varsity Leader Fast Start]].''''' The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders.
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*'''''[[Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training]].''''' This is a three-part training program for training [[adult leader|adult Varsity Scout leaders]].
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*'''''Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide.''''' The Varsity Scout Huddle (Roundtable) Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the program features.
== External links ==
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* [http://www.scouting.org/factsheets/02-923.html Varsity Scouting] on The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council site.
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;scouting.org BSA Website Materials
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-923.aspx Varsity Scouting Fact Sheet]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/insigniaguide/07.aspx Varsity Scout Insignia]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/insigniaguide/06G.aspx Varsity Scout Activity Pins]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/Resources/VaristyProgram.aspx Varsity Team Program]
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* [http://scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/threewaysvarsity.aspx Three Ways Your Council Can Utilize Varsity Scouting]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/videos/varsityleader.aspx Varsity Leader Fast Start Videos]
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* [http://www.gslc-bsa.org/varsity/awards Varsity: Advancement and Awards] on the Great Salt Lake Council site.
* [http://www.gslc-bsa.org/varsity/awards Varsity: Advancement and Awards] on the Great Salt Lake Council site.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varsity_Scouts_(Boy_Scouts_of_America) Varsity Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)] on the Wikipedia site.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varsity_Scouts_(Boy_Scouts_of_America) Varsity Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)] on the Wikipedia site.
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* [http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Falls/8826/venture.html Venture/Varsity (1989-present)] on the "A History of Senior Scouting Programs in the BSA" site.
* [http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Falls/8826/venture.html Venture/Varsity (1989-present)] on the "A History of Senior Scouting Programs in the BSA" site.
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Varsity Resources include the Varsity Scout Program, Letter, Letter Bar,
Activity Pins, Denali Award, Varsity Scout Advancement and Merit Badges.
Varsity Scouts is similar to Boy Scouts but for boys age 14 but not yet 18.

Varsity emblem.
Varsity emblem.
Varsity Scout strip. Worn over the right pocket, centered above the BSA strip or above the interpreter strip and below the BSA nameplate.
Varsity Scout strip. Worn over the right pocket, centered above the BSA strip or above the interpreter strip and below the BSA nameplate.
See: Varsity Scouting Fact Sheet

Varsity Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is available to boys under the age of 18 who meet the following qualifications:

  • boys who are at least 14 years old.
Prior participation in Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting is not required.

Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high-adventure/sports, personal development, service, and special programs and events. Each of these programs is led by a youth member of the team called a program manager, who receives assistance from an adult Program Adviser (a member of the Team Committee).

Contents

Organization

Varsity Scouts are members of a Varsity Scout Team chartered to a community organization, such as a church or service club. It is led by a youth Varsity Scout team Captain and an adult leader called a Varsity Team Coach. The coach is supported by an adult Team Committee, made up of parents and members of the chartered organization. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered independently of a Scout troop, but the chartering procedure is essentially the same.

The team may be divided into Squads, and each squad elects a youth Squad Leader.

Program

Varsity Scouting has five fields of emphasis. A youth member, called a Program Manager, is responsible for each of the five fields of emphasis and works with an adult member called a Program Adviser from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of emphasis are:

Advancement
Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc.
High-Adventure/Sports
This program field of emphasis includes high-adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features.
Personal Development
Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
Service
The emphasis is on service, with the intent that it become integral to one's daily experience. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
Special Programs and Events
Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events at district, council, regional, and national levels.

Program Specialization

From: Three Ways Your Council Can Utilize Varsity Scouting

Varsity Scouting allows a charter organization to design a program that fits its own needs. Many community organizations use Varsity Scouting as part of their youth program, including the United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Lutheran Church, public schools, and housing authorities.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has customized the program to fulfill its needs. Although the program is designed for young men ages 14 to 18, the LDS Church uses Varsity Scouting only for its young men ages 14 to 15. There is still a tremendous opportunity to expand Varsity Scouting within the LDS Church. All LDS wards should have a Varsity Scout team as part of their youth program.

Leadership and program

Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: Advancement, High-Adventure/Sports, Personal development, Service, and Special Programs and Events. Each of these programs is led by a member of the team called a Program Manager, who receives assistance from a member of the Team Committee.

Position of responsibility requirements for Star and Life ranks may be met by a Varsity Scout serving as a team Captain, Cocaptain, Program Manager, Squad Leader, or other leadership roles assigned by the team coach. The acceptable positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank are listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application.

Advancement and recognition

The Varsity Scout advancement follows the same rank requirements to Eagle and Eagle Palms as those for Boy Scouts. Supplementing this Eagle trail, a Varsity Scout is also eligible for the additional advancement opportunity of earning the Denali Award. To do this he must earn at least one Varsity Letter, and serve as Program Manager (a position of responsibility), acting as primary leader in at least two of the fields of emphasis and participating in the remaining three fields.

Varsity Letter

Main article: Varsity Letter
The Varsity Scout letter V-emblem is awarded to team members who participate high-adventure or sports program features and are preceded by training or practice sessions. Activities are planned by the youth high-adventure/sports program manager; participation may also result in the team member receiving a Varsity Scout activity pin for the V-emblem. Varsity Scout letter bar pins are awarded for subsequently completed high-adventure or sports program features.
— 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)

Denali Award

Main article: Denali Award
The Denali Award is the highest award in Varsity Scouting. Varsity Scouts must earn at least one Varsity Letter, and serve as program manager (a position of responsibility), acting as primary leader in at least two of the fields of emphasis and participating in the remaining three fields.
— 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)

Merit Badges

Main article: Merit Badges

Varsity Scouts can earn Merit Badges by following the same requirements and policies as Boy Scouts.

Uniforms

The official Boy Scout uniform with a Varsity strip identification above the right pocket and with blaze orange shoulder loops. Many teams design their own T-shirt for outdoor activities.

Scout Oath

Varsity Scouts will use the Scout Oath. Varsity team members will also learn and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge.

See also

Varsity Scout portal

Varsity awards:

Team Advancement Leaders:

Resources

Program Features
Three volumes of program features support the high-adventure/sports program field of emphasis.

Each program feature contains resource materials that will prepare a team for an ultimate adventure or sports season. The high-adventure areas are backpacking, canoe camping, caving, cycling, discover America, fishing, freestyle biking, frontiersman, mechanics, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, snow camping, survival, and whitewater canoeing. Each feature contains approximately three months of program.

The sports program features contain basic rules, techniques, and strategies for basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, roller hockey, shooting sports, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and waterskiing.

  • Varsity Scout Guidebook. The Varsity Scout Guidebook is used by adult leaders and youth in Varsity Scouting.
  • Boy Scout Handbook. The Boy Scout Handbook contains information devoted to Varsity Scouts and supporting the Varsity Scout program.
  • Troop/Team Record Book. The Troop/Team Record Book is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial records.
  • Varsity Leader Fast Start. The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders.
  • Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training. This is a three-part training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders.
  • Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide. The Varsity Scout Huddle (Roundtable) Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the program features.

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