Varsity Scout Program & Organization

The values and principles of the Boy Scouts of America are present in Varsity Scouting, including advancement that moves young men along the path to the Eagle Scout rank. Since the program is designed specifically for young men, it's enhanced with more challenging leadership positions, with emphasis on high adventure, personal development, service, advancement, and special programs and events. 

The Varsity Scouting unit is called a TEAM, and the adult leader is the COACH

Varsity Scout Guidebook.
The Varsity Scout Guidebook is used by adult leaders and youth in Varsity Scouting.

Boy Scout Handbook. The Boy Scout Handbook contains information devoted to Varsity Scouts and supporting the Varsity Scout program.

Troop/Team Record Book. The Troop/Team Record Book is used to record member information, rank advancement, and financial record keeping.

Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start. The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start video supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders.

Varsity Scout Leader Fundamentals. This is a three-part training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders.

Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide. The Varsity Scout Roundtable Planning Guide supports the programs outlined in the program features.

Varsity Scout Coach Start-Up. This literature is designed to help a new Coach get a team off to a good start.




Varsity Scouts are members of a Varsity Scout team chartered to a community organization, such as a church or service club. It is led by a youth Varsity Scout team captain and an adult leader called a Varsity Scout Coach. The Coach is supported by an adult committee, made up of parents and members of the chartered organization. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered independently of a Scout troop, but the chartering procedure is essentially the same. The team may be divided into squads, and each squad elects a youth squad leader.

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 called a program adviser from the team committee to coordinate each phase of the program. The five fields of emphasis are:

Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. In addition to the Varsity Letter and pins, scouts can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award, Mile Swim, BSA, etc. High Adventure/Sports The Varsity program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features such as Water skiing, Basketball, Soccer, Backpacking, to name a few.

Personal Development
Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness. 

Special Programs and Events
Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events on district, council, regional, and national levels.

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.