Re: Varsity Scouts
Bob Gallo (rmgallo@NETGSI.COM)
Fri, 18 Sep 1998 09:31:38 -0400
Mike Walton stated that ". . . Varsity, originally designed for youth as an optional part
of a Troop operation, is now a separate program with separate charters for each Team. "
This statement is somewhat misleading. Actually, Varisty Scouting was originally started
in the early 1980 as separately chartered Scouting units called Teams and continues to be
so to this day. These Teams are independent of Boy Scout Troops (although nothing
prohibits them from associating with Boy Scout Troops). Varsity Scout teams (and Venture
crews) as part of Boy Scout Troops did not come into being until BSA introduced the "New"
Troop Operations in 1989. The program for Varisty Scouts in separately chartered Teams
was and is a balanced program that includes high adventure, advancement, sports, personal
development, etc. The program focus for Varsity Scout teams that were a part of Boy Scout
troops was sports. This created a lot of confusion and the misconception (that still
exists today) that Varsity Scouting is only sports.
It will be interesting to see if 10 years from now, Scouters will understand that the
Venturing program that BSA is now introducing evolved from the old Exploring program and
not from what we are now calling venture patrols in Boy Scout troops.
- BOB GALLO
Team 292, Baltimore Area Council (1995-present)
Team 807, National Capital Area Council (1990-1994)
Team 922, Baltimore Area Council (1988-1990)
Team 737, Santa Clara County Council (1985-1987)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City