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Varsity Scout advancement has been discontinued.
In May 2017, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS church, or Mormons) announced that in 2018 they would no longer be sponsoring Varsity Teams. Since the LDS church created the Varsity program in 1984 and were basically the only group using it, Varsity has since been discontinued. Medals/awards/patches will continue to be available to earn until they are no longer available in a local or national Scout shop. (See Discontinued awards.)

Varsity Scouting advancement diagram. Graphically displays Boy Scout Eagle trail, and Varsity Scout Denali Award path.
Varsity Scouting advancement diagram. Graphically displays Boy Scout Eagle trail, and Varsity Scout Denali Award path.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)
Any young man from 14 to 18 years old may participate in this program for older Boy Scouts. Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: Advancement, High Adventure, 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 in other leadership roles assigned by the Coach. The acceptable positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank are listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application. The Varsity Scout Coach will conduct a Coach conference. (See "Scoutmaster Conferences," page 25.)

As the Varsity Scout meets the requirements for each rank, a board of review is conducted by the team committee member responsible for advancement, the advancement program manager, and the Varsity Scout Coach for all ranks except Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout board of review follows the procedure established by the local council.

Advancement Policies #33088, pages 35)


Boy Scout rank advancement

Main article: Boy Scout advancement

The Varsity Scout advancement follows the same rank requirements to Eagle Scout and Eagle Palms as those for Boy Scouts.

Varsity Scout advancement awards

Supplementing his advancement towards Eagle Scout rank, a Varsity Scout is also eligible for the additional advancement opportunity of earning the Denali Award.

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.

See also

Varsity Scout portal

Varsity awards:

Team Advancement Leaders:

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