Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 15:32:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Varsity Scout/Venturing
>In a message dated 99-12-12 00:44:18 EST, Mike Walton wrote:
><< In Varsity's case, the program is...IDENTICAL to Boy Scouting...only for
>older boys wanting more of a challenge.... >>
> I've been know to miss a few things occasionally, but when did they put
>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 has ALWAYS been age resitricted. It is only for ages
14-17. This has been true since its start.
Also, it is NOT a "sports-oriented program" per say. Many, many people
think that because of its terminology. A Varsity Scout Team CAN be involved
in a sports program, but does not have to be.
It is scouting aimed at older boys and with a more high adventure/sports
emphasis then in a regular Boy Scout Troop. You confusion is due to the
poor job by National to make it clear the differences between Boy Scouting
and Varsity Scouting. Varsity Scouting have 5 program areas they focus on,
and have a special youth officer for each one called a Program Manager.
><< In Venturing's case, the program is CO-ED... >>
> Sort of, at least the way the program is designed, but at Venturing
>Basic we were told that the Chartering Organization can restrict unit
>membership to a single sex, male or female.
True, but that does not change the fact that the overall program is co-ed.
This was true of Explorers prior to the split. Some units will be all male,
some all female, some mixed. But they are ALL Venturers and have the same
opportunities to earn the Venturing advancement
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838
creator of the History of Senior Scouting Programs in the BSA web site at: