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Varsity Scout Portal 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.)
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Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high-adventure/sports, personal development, service, and special programs and events.

MeritBadge.Org is your online Scouting University with Varsity Resources, Letter, Letter Bar, Activity Pins, Denali Award, and Advancment.

A Varsity Scout Team is composed of one or more squads with youth team leaders, adult advisers, and is supported by an adult Team Committee.

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Spring Quiz! These articles give the surprising answers to common questions:
General: What if a Scout has a disability or other special needs?
Cub Scouts: What is Day Camp? Can Tigers go? What is Resident Camp?
Boy Scouts: How do you appeal a Board of Review? Scoutmaster Conference?
Varsity Scouts: What is Varsity Scouts? How is it different from Boy Scouts?
Venturing: What is the Silver Award? How is it like the Eagle Scout Award?
Merit Badges: What do summer camps typically offer? Which are most popular?
Belt Loops: Can Tiger Cubs earn belt loops? Can belt loops be earned again?
Scouting news
  • Nov 2015: New NYLT patch, Trained patch available to youth now as well as adults
March dates
Princeton Scouts who were assigned to carry Woodrow Wilson's baggage.
Princeton Scouts who were assigned to carry Woodrow Wilson's baggage.
Scouts holding men back with staves, 1 of 2.
Scouts holding men back with staves, 1 of 2.
Scouts holding men back with staves, 2 of 2.
Scouts holding men back with staves, 2 of 2.
  • March 3, 1913 – Presidential Inauguration and Woman Suffrage parade of 1913. Boy Scouts were initially tasked with carrying Woodrow Wilson's baggage, and assisting behind the scenes. As Slate magazine reported,
"Between 5,000 and 8,000 marchers faced crowds of raucous male spectators in town for the inauguration. These onlookers assaulted the protesters physically, blocked their way, and yelled insults. At least 100 marchers were injured and hospitalized."
"While the police were at best unprepared and at worst unsympathetic to the protesters’ plight, the unexpected heroes of the march were 1,500 Boy Scouts who had volunteered to help law enforcement during the inauguration."
"The official Scout magazine, Boys’ Life, featured a four-page article about the Scouts’ actions during the parade in its April 1913 issue. The magazine reported that the Scouts were asked to present themselves in full uniform with their staves (part of their official dress). While the police initially told the Scouts to stay behind their lines, Boys’ Life reported, the crowd was soon too much for law enforcement."
"[Police] were soon begging the scouts to help them and borrowing their staves…[Scouts] found the task of keeping the way open for the parade was, in itself, tremendous, but in addition they had to render first aid in hundreds of incidents…There is record that one boy handled sixteen cases of fainting."
"A Senate subcommittee appointed to investigate the poor treatment of the marchers heard multiple mentions of the Scouts. Mrs. Keppel Hall, a demonstrator from Dayton, Ohio, told the senators:"
"[The Scouts] were working so hard. I noticed them all along the line, and was interested in them because they appeared to be doing all the work. Even those small boys were succeeding in holding back the crowd whenever they pressed themselves forward."
"As a young organization (founded only three years earlier), the Boy Scouts of America relished the good press. The Boys’ Life article concluded:"
"Washington and its respectable visitors will not soon forget the spectacle of boys in the uniform that stands for learning the principles of good citizenship actually restraining grown men from acting the part of brutes."
National reports that each boy involved receive a medal inscribed, "In Grateful Acknowledgement of Duty Well Done. Washington DC March 3 1913".
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Qualified Venturers may earn Scouts BSA awards.

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