Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Wed, 7 Apr 1993 10:40:40 CDT
So, if I understand this correctly...
1. There can be a Varsity and/or Venture patrol (or whatever) *within* a
troop. In this context, Venture focuses on "high adventure" and Varsity
focuses on sports, but there are no real prohibitions to limit either
group to the area of primary focus or prevent crossovers.
The boys can start developing these patrols as early as 13 years old.
These groups would normally use the Venture pamphlets for Venture
activities and the Varsity (sports) pamphlets for Varsity activities.
According to the 1991 _Insignia Guide_ (as I understand it), either
patrol can earn the "V" to wear on their merit badge sashes and the
appropriate pins. These boys would wear the "Venture" or "Varsity"
bars on their shirts, but they do not use the orange (blaze) loops nor
the Varsity position patches.
2. There can be a Varsity Team, which is a separate *unit* from the troop
(and there are several current pilot projects which draw older boys
from a bunch of troops to make teams), composed of older boys (14+).
The Team focuses on activities, including sports, "high adventure,"
camping, advancement, AND *service*, with more appeal to older boys.
Girls are allowed on appropriate activities (no overnighters?) with
enough female chaperons.
These groups can earn the "V" letter and use both sets of pamphlets
(Venture and Varsity) to plan activities. They wear the orange loops
and use the Varsity Scouts position patches. They are led by a "Coach"
instead of a Scoutmaster.
It seems (to me at least!) that the teams are VERY similar to a "varied-
interest" Explorer post and that there would be little crossover between
Varsity teams and these posts (although there could easily be crossover
with CAE and special interest posts!). Boys in Venture or Varsity patrols,
on the other hand, might be registered as Explorers and stay in these
patrols (when they are old enough for Explorers).
It also seems that these two types of units are suited to two particular
Varsity: Boys *only*, 14+.
Varied-interest Explorers: Boys *and* girls, 15+.
The logic here seemingly is that a group of boys who did not want females
participating in all of their activities and/or who are not quite old
enough for Explorers would form a Varsity Team.
Do I have a basic understanding of the differences now?
Also: Would the Varsity Leader Basic Training be appropriate for Scouters
in a troop with a Varsity and/or Venture patrol or is it too strongly focused
towards leading a Varsity team?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City