Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: What are Varsity Scouts?
Re: What are Varsity Scouts?
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 12:15:18 -0400
>From: Richard Axtman <troop1@POBOXES.COM>
>Subject: What are Varsity Scouts?
>I have a few questions that I was hoping I could find answers
>to about Varsity Scouts. They are:
>1) What are Varsity Scouts?
Varsity Scouts were officially established in the BSA in 1984. They are
part of the Boy Scout Division, and are charted as Varsity Scout Teams. The
Boy Scout Division has 2 units: Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams.
Varsity Scouts are for older boys 14-17 and has a program built around five
program fields of emphasis: high adventure, personal development, service,
and special programs and events. Despite the name, they are NOT strickly
>2) How does Varsity Scouting work in a Troop?
Varsity Scouting is NOT part of Boy Scout Troops. They are a separate unit.
For a brief period, 1989-95, National used the term 'Varsity' for an option
in-troop older boy program along with 'Venture', but to avoid confuse, the
term 'Venture' is only used today for this program.
>3) Are there Varsity Scout patrols?
No such thing. Varsity Scouts are NOT in Boy Scout Troops. Varsity Scout
Teams are broken down into Squads.
>4) Who is the leader of Varsity Scouts?
The adult leader of a Varsity Scout Team is the Coach. The youth leader of
a Varsity Scout Team is the Captain (equivalent to SPL). The Squads are
lead by a Squad Leader.
>5) What activities are there Varsity Scouts?
The Varsity Scout Teams do many of the same things as Boy Scout Troops, in
addition since they have older boys, they do more high adventure/sports
activities as well.
>6) Are there awards are specifically for Varsity Scouts?
Varsity Scouts can work toward the Varsity Scout Letter as well as activity
pins. HOWEVER, members of Venture Patrols in troops can learn the same
letter and activity pins. So there is no specific awards JUST for Varsity
>7) What resources, books, video tapes, printed material and
> web sites are there available to learn more about this
> part of the BSA Scouting program?
The new, current Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook speak about
There is a Varsity Scout Leader Guidebook (#34827). There is no longer a
Varsity Scout Handbook, they use the Boy Scout Handbook. Varsity Scouts use
the same Venture/Varsity activity books to earn the activity pins.
National's web page under Programs has a section devoted to Varsity Scouts.
>8) Do you have a varsity group in your unit? If so could you
> tell me about it?
Again, there is no such thing as a "varsity group in units". They are
SEPARATE UNITS FROM BOY SCOUT TROPS. Are you sure you're not confusing
Venture Patrols with Varsity Scouts??? They are not the same.
>9) How do your start a Varsity Scout Program?
Like you would any other Boy Scout unit. It must be chartered with a
minimum number of adults and boys.
>If you could share your knowledge on this subject I'd appreciate
>it. Thank you for your help in advance.
>Serving You and Scouting,
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838