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Varsity Advancement

Any young man from 14 to 18 years old may participate in this program for older Boy Scouts. Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: Advancement, High Adventure, Personal Development, Service, and Special Programs and Events. Each of these programs is led by a member of the team called a program manager, who receives assistance from a member of the team committee.

The same 4 steps apply to Varsity Scouting Advancement as in Boy Scouting: The Scout Learns, Is Tested, Is Reviewed and Recognized. Rank requirements for Varsity Scouts are the same as for Boy Scouts, except positions of responsibility are met in Varsity-specific roles that can be found in Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765. Advancement is supervised not by adult leaders, but by a young man called an advancement program manager, with assistance from a team committee member. Methods for conducting boards of review are covered in “Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks,” Council and district advancement committees should consult the Varsity Scout Guidebook, No. 34827, for a full understanding of how the program works.


Position of responsibility requirements for Star and Life ranks may be met by a Varsity Scout serving as a team captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, or in other leadership roles assigned by the coach. The acceptable positions of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank are listed on the Eagle Scout Rank Application.


The Varsity Scout Coach will conduct a Coach conference.


As the Varsity Scout meets requirements for each rank, a board of review is conducted by the team committee member responsible for advancement, the advancement program manager, and the Varsity Scout Coach for all ranks except Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout board of review follows the procedure established for Boy Scouts and is described on this website.


The Varsity Scout letter is available to Varsity Scouts and adult team leaders. Requirements include attendance at meetings and activities, active participation in high-adventure or sports programs, and living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. It can be worn on the Varsity Scout jacket or the merit badge sash. Gold bars may be added to signify additional letters earned. For more, see the Varsity Scout Guidebook, No. 34827.

The Denali Award is a Varsity Scouting pinnacle. It is available only to team members who have earned a Varsity letter, and requires advancement in rank, a position of leadership, service as a team captain or program manager leading and supporting activities, knowing and living the Varsity Scout Pledge, and a unit level board of review. The board of review is conducted according to the procedures outlined in section 8, “Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks.” District or council representatives are not involved. Note the exception under, “Particulars for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks or Palms,” relating to the composition of the board.




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