Varsity Scouting is an exciting program for older boys that offers the same ideals and principles as Boy Scouting. Boy Scouts is a boy-led, boy-run organization, but the boys must be trained to be leaders. One of the Varsity Coach's most important responsibilities is to provide the direction, coaching, and training that empowers the boy with the skills he will need to lead his team. Scouting's value to young people is clear, but the advantages of Scouting are not limited to boys. Adults also develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.
Training: Every Scout deserves a trained leader. When leaders understand Boy Scouting, they are more effective in their roles. Every leader should take both Fast Start Training and Youth Protection Training online. Varsity Coaches and Assistant Varsity Coaches should then take Varsity Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS). Learn more about Varsity Scout leader training.
Roundtable is a monthly meeting offered by districts that gives leaders hands-on experience and provides a forum for leaders to offer and receive help from their fellow Scouters. Roundtable is open to all parents and leaders. Roundtable meetings allow you to hear directly from the district leaders on upcoming district and council events and activities. This is a great place to ask questions and meet other parents and leaders in your area. Find a Roundtable near you.
Annual Planning: A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders. Attend May Roundtable to receive a copy of the council's Program Guide, which contains valuable information on district and council programs and is an essential tool for planning. Additional resources can be found here.
BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit. Unit leaders can update your unit information to make it EASY for new Scouting families to find your unit by logging into myscouting.org and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on "Unit Pin Management." Additional resources are available.
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Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The steps in the advancement system help Boy Scouts to grow in self-reliance and in their ability to help others.
The authoritative source on advancement policies and procedures and best practices for all BSA traditional programs.
Leave No Trace is an awareness of our impact on the environment that teaches us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations.
Outdoor knowledge and skills are highlighted throughout Scouting literature.
Designed to help older Scouts, with guidance from their adult leaders, plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks.
Zanfel Laboratories has offered to provide poison ivy treatment brochures to troops who would like to have them. The brochures appear to be helpful in identifying the particular plants and contain related information.
Varsity Scouting could be called the Boy Scouts of America's best-kept secret. Learn how your council or organization could use this diverse program to boost participation by older boys.
This companion piece for the Scoutmaster Handbook contains resources, forms, and ideas for providing a dynamic program for Scouts
Troop Program Features, Volume I
Troop Program Features, Volume 2
Troop Program Features, Volume 3
Uniform Inspection Sheet
Uniform Inspection Sheet - Scout Leaders
Uniform Inspection Sheet - Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts
Ensure that adult leaders and Scouts alike present themselves properly dressed in their uniforms.
Three volumes of Varsity Team Program features are available containing nine units covering three months of program each. One program is good for more than two years of unit activity!
In order to minimize human impact on fragile ecosystems, the Boy Scouts of America emphasizes these practices for all troops, teams, and crews planning to use wilderness areas.
Advancement for Boy Scouts
Adult Training Awards
Annual Health and Medical Record
Boy Scout Camping
eScouter (SHAC's electronic newsletter)
Guide to Safe Scouting
Guide to Awards and Insignia
Journey to Excellence
Toolkit (council handouts)
BSA National website
Scout Shop online
Boys' Life Magazine
Other Leader Resources
Boy Scout Leader Resources
Order of the Arrow Resources
Venturing Leader Resources
Sea Scouts Resources
The district is a division of the council that helps bring Scouting to your local area. Districts focus on membership, unit support, fundraising, training, district activities and promoting advancement and camping. There are a variety of volunteers on the district committee who can help including the district training chair, district advancement chair, district activities chair and district finance chair. Commissioners are volunteers who help Scout units succeed and can be a valuable resources. Each district has a district executive who is a Scouting professional available to answer your questions and can help explain BSA polices. A good place to meet district volunteers and other leaders in your area is at the district monthly Roundtable meeting.