Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 12:30:05 -0600
On Sun, 12 Dec 1999 10:00:18 EST, Alpvalsys@AOL.COM wrote:
>In a message dated 99-12-12 00:44:18 EST, Mike Walton wrote:
> I've been know to miss a few things occasionally, but when did they put an
>age restriction on Varsity Scouts. We've always been told that this is a
>sports-oreinted program that runs parallel to the traditional Boy Scout
>program. Not more challenging just for older boys, but a different program
>for all boys.
>From BSA Varsity Fact Sheet publication 02-923:
"Varsity Scouting is a program for young men who are at least 14 years of age but not yet 18. It
provides options for young men who are looking for rugged high adventure or challenging
sporting activities and still want to be a part of a Scouting program that offers the advancement
and values of the Boy Scouts of America....
Varsity Scouting has five fields of emphasis. A youth member, called a program manager,
is responsible for each of the five fields of emphasis and works with an adult member
from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of
Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They can also
receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award,
Mile Swim, BSA, etc.
This program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported
by the activity pamphlets for Venture patrols and Varsity teams.
Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities,
citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
The emphasis is on service, until it becomes a constant ingredient in one's daily
experience. Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual
Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team.
Special Programs and Events
Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events on district,
council, regional, and national levels."
The entire fact sheet is online at:
> << In Venturing's case, the program is CO-ED... >>
> Sort of, at least the way the program is designed, but at Venturing Leader
>Basic we were told that the Chartering Organization can restrict unit
>membership to a single sex, male or female.
> Correct me if I'm wrong.
We were told the same thing.
Yours in Scouting,