Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Varsity Scout Wood Badge
Re: Varsity Scout Wood Badge
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 23:38:30 -0600
Bob Taylor (asking the same question that I know some of the others sitting
around our "virtual roundtable" -- in and outside of the USA -- are asking)
on behalf of another Scouter:
>>Bob, Help me understand. I have come to the same conclusion as
>>National. Why have a Varsity Scout program, when Venturing is
>>available? The age groups overlap, and the Venturing program
>>seems much more attractive for kids and adults....
>what would you say to this gentleman, who is currently a Scoutmaster?
The two programs attract and retain a different *set of individuals* with a
different *set of priorities*.
In Varsity's case, the program is ALL male, has a definate program loop
similar to that of the Boy Scout's program, and other than the position
title names, the program is IDENTICAL to Boy Scouting....only for older boys
wanting more of a challenge from the program-- nationally and locally!
In other words, Varsity Scouting is "grown up Boy Scouting" or exactly what
the name implies: a program for the "first team boys."
In Venturing's case, the program is CO-ED, has several tracks of
advancement, with a Boy Scout "track" for those males qualified, and has a
little more variety in the presentation. The President of a Crew is not the
same as a Senior Patrol Leader or a a Team Captain, and that's from design.
The Venturing program is a "cross between Scouting and Junior Acheivement"
(the way I've described Exploring, to which Venturing can trace it's
lineage) and the Crew President or Ship Boatswain is more "intense" than the
Senior Patrol Leader or the Team Captain.
Venturing is a "program to explore working with others and to develop a set
of skills and knowledge in advance of more adventuous activities - which may
or may not involve the outdoors"
While your Scoutmaster friend may be right that Venturing seems to be more
attractive -- new uniform, new advancements, girls -- some Scouts don't
*want* to be a part of such things and would rather belong to something more
familiar, more "traditional." The same can be said for *some parents of
some Scouts* as well. That's why there's THREE programs (the Venture
patrol in Boy Scout Troops, don't forget about that!) attracting the same
"pool" of males within the overall Scouting program.
Hope that helps him (and those others out there) out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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blackeagle@SCOUTER.net or email@example.com
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