Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 15:31:30 -0600
>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.
Varsity Scouting, for boys 14 or older, is a "older, more mature version" of
Boy Scouting. It's NOT just "sports", as the name would typically imply.
When the BSA was thinking of a name to replace the Leadership Corps and
"Senior Scouts" in a Troop, they settled on Varsity and Venture...venture
being the outdoors version and the varsity being the "senior version" of
Scouting (junior varsity, varsity). The sports angle kinda stuck when in
describing the program, senior BSA professionals explained that Varsity
Scouts could organize themselves as sports teams.
Varsity is essentially the SAME program as Boy Scouting, with the addition
of the Varsity Scout Letter, and the different shoulder loops.
> << In Venturing's case, the program is CO-ED... >>
>Sort of, at least the way the program is designed,
Not "sort of", but IS, Ralph....
> but at Venturing Leader
>Basic we were told that the Chartering Organization can restrict unit
>membership to a single sex, male or female.
That's the way that the old Exploring program was run as well, Ralph.
Explorer Posts back then could also restrict themselves to being "guys only"
"gals only" or
"both", depending on the topic and chartered partner organization.
Venturing adopted most if not all of the old Exploring rules and policies
when it was organized.
But Venturing IS a Co-ed program; it is the "young adult division of the Boy
Scouts of America."
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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