Varsity Scouting is a program for young men who are at least 14 years of age
but not yet 18. It 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 and values of the Boy Scouts
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 Scout 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.
The team may be divided into squads, and each squad elects a youth squad
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, until it becomes a constant
ingredient in 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 on district, council, regional, and national
Varsity Scout Letter
The Varsity letter may be earned by youth and adult members.
The youth requirements are:
- Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
- 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.
- Have an attendance record at team meetings and practice
sessions of at least 75 percent for three consecutive
- Satisfy the Varsity Scout Coach that you know and live by
the Scout Oath and Law.
At the completion of each sports season or ultimate adventure, each
participating Varsity Scout will receive a medallion to wear on the
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
- Be a registered Varsity Scout team member.
- Advance one rank toward Eagle. If you are already an Eagle Scout, earn a Palm.
- Hold leadership positions in a Varsity Scout team for at least six months.
- 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.
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.
- Satisfy the team captain that you know and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge.
- Complete a progress review.
The traditional Boy Scout uniform with a "Varsity" identification strip
above the right pocket, and blaze loops are worn for formal occasions.
Many teams design their own T-shirt for outdoor activities.
Varsity Scouts will use the Scout Oath.
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
subjects 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
Troop/Team Record Book. The Troop/Team Record Book
is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial
Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start. The Varsity Scout
Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity
Varsity Scout Leader Fundamentals. This is a three-part
training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders.
Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide. The Varsity
Scout Roundtable Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the
Varsity Scout Coach Start-Up. This literature is designed
to help a new Coach get a team off to a good start.