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Varsity Scouting Program

Varsity Scouting is a program for young men who are at least 14 years of age but not yet 18. It provides options for young men who are looking for rugged high adventure or challenging sporting activities and still want to be a part of a Scouting program that offers the advancement and values of the Boy Scouts of America.


It is an alternative available to boys ages fourteen to eighteen that takes the basic Boy Scouting program and adds high adventure, sporting, and other elements that are more appealing to older youth to accomplish the aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Varsity Scouts are organized into teams, which are separate chartered units from a Boy Scout troop.Varsity Scouts may participate in the BSA advancement system for troops and also have their own recognitions. Their uniform is slightly different. 

The Varsity Program is built on five program fields of emphasis:

  • Advancement
  • High adventure
  • Personal development
  • Service
  • Special programs and events

The Varsity Scout letter V-emblem is awarded to team members who participate high-adventure or sports program features and are preceded by training or practice sessions. Activities are planned by the youth high-adventure/sports program manager; participation may also result in the team member receiving a Varsity Scout activity pin for the V-emblem.Varsity Scout letter bar pins are awarded for subsequently completed high-adventure or sports program features.



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