Varisty Scouts

What is the Varsity Scout Program?

How Varsity Scouting Works

Varsity Scouting has two unique features that distinguish it from other BSA programs. First, the program revolves around five program fields of emphasis for special appeal to young men; second, it offers unique leadership opportunities so that virtually every team member experiences leadership responsibilities.

The Five Program Fields of Emphasis

Varsity Scouting, through the five program fields of emphasis, offer youth members a wide range of opportunities. All program fields are equally important, and each field should be represented in the program planning of the Varsity Scout team. The five program fields of emphasis are:

  • Advancement. Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They may also earn recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award and Mile Swim, BSA.
  • High Adventure/Sports. Varsity Scouts plan and take part in a wide range of tough mental and physical activities, from snow camping to whitewater rafting. These activities are supported by activity pamphlets that aid teams during the planning process.
  • Personal Development. The Varsity Scouting program stresses personal development through spiritual growth, leadership, citizenship, and social and physical fitness. The program manager responsible for personal development helps team members select and participate in activities that will enhance their personal development.
  • Service. Until it becomes a constant ingredient in one’s daily life, Varsity Scouting will emphasize service. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
  • Special Programs and Events. Providing time, ways, means, and encouragement to participate in special programs and events is an important feature of Varsity Scouting. Special events may be national Scouting activities, or district or council events, or an activity with another Varsity Scout team, or a coed activity such as a cookout or ski trip.

Varsity Scouting as a Resource for Community Organizations

Varsity Scouting is an exciting program for older boys that offers the same ideals and principles as Boy Scouting. However, its flexibility allows community organizations 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.

Varsity Scouting as a High-Adventure Program

Varsity Scouting holds special appeal to older boys. Its unique leadership approach involves all adult and youth members, and this flexible program challenges boys who want a rugged outdoor experience. It is well-suited for boys who have outgrown the traditional Boy Scout program and are ready to move on to a more challenging high-adventure program.

Chartered organizations with a large number of older boys may want to form a Varsity Scout team. These young men need challenge and opportunities to serve in a leadership capacity. The BSA has fourteen high-adventure programs to satisfy even the most rugged individual.

Varsity Scouting as a Sports Program

Varsity Scouting promotes the use of sports, with the emphasis changing every sports season. This may be especially effective in urban areas where Scouting has not been traditional or a lifestyle, or with an organization that boasts a large group of young men. Competition between several Varsity Scout teams could be developed into year-round competitive sporting events.

A well-balanced program blends Scouting’s values with the five program areas of emphasis—advancement, high adventure/sports, personal development, service, and special programs and events. The twelve sports programs available enhance the variety of challenge and action.

 

Source:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/ThreeWaysVarsity.aspx

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