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Varsity Scouting in the LDS Church Overview and Program Elements

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  • Scott Kirklin Silverado District Training Chair Las Vegas Area Council sdkirklin@yahoo.com
  • Varsity Scouting Overview Varsity Scouting and the Teachers’ Quorum Duty to God Boy Led Program Brainstorming
  • 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 opportunities and values of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Varsity units are called teams. Teams are led by a youth Varsity Scout team captain and an adult leader called a Varsity team coach. For each of the 5 areas, a youth serves as the Program Manager. It is a stand-alone unit, chartered and run independently of a Scout troop . The team may be divided into squads.
  • Advancement High Adventure/Sports Personal Development Service Special Programs and Events
  • Advancement. Varsity Scouts use many of the same advancement programz as Boy Scouts – enhanced with Varsity-only advancement more suitable to their age and desires. They can also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc.. High Adventure/Sports. This program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features. It is meant to be run independently of the Troop, whenever feasible. Personal Development. Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness. This should be ited in with AP duties and the Duty To God program. Special Programs & Events. Varsity Scouts must take an active part in local, Council and District events, plus events outside of Scouting (National Trails Day, Arbor Day, National Day of Service, flag retirement ceremonies, etc..) and Church. Service. 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. They include Church, Community and Team activities that strengthen the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.
  • Advancement Varsity Scouts use the same advancement program as Boy Scouts. They should also receive the recognitions offered through such programs as the Fifty-Miler Award; Mile Swim, BSA; etc. Varsity Scouts will also earn the Varsity Letter and the Denali Award.
  • High Adventure/Sports This program field of emphasis includes high adventure and sports and is supported by 27 program features. Some examples include: Snow camping, whitewater rafting, backpacking, swimming, and more.
  • Personal Development Varsity Scouting promotes growth through spirituality, leadership abilities, citizenship, social and cultural attributes, and physical fitness.
  • Service The emphasis is on service, with the intent that it become integral to one’s daily experience Projects are conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by individual Varsity Scouts and/or the Varsity Scout team. How can we promote meaningful service?
  • Special Programs and Events Varsity Scouts take an active part in special programs and events at district, council, regional, and national levels.
  • Requirements 1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member. 2. While a team member, actively participate in or accomplish at least one high-adventure program or sports program to the satisfaction of your Varsity Scout coach. 3. Have an attendance record at team meetings and practice sessions of at least 75 percent for three consecutive months. 4. Satisfy the Varsity Scout coach that you know and live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Requirements 1. Be a registered Varsity Scout team member. 2. Advance one rank toward Eagle. If you are already an Eagle Scout, earn a Palm. 3. Hold leadership positions in a Varsity Scout team for at least six months. 4. a) While serving as team captain or a program manager, act as primary leader on at least two activities. Program managers should choose activities in their field of emphasis. Team captains may be primary leaders of activities in any of the five fields of emphasis. 4. b) While serving as a program manager or team captain, demonstrate shared leadership skills by participating in supportive roles in activities in each of the three remaining fields of emphasis. 5. Satisfy the team captain that you know and live by the Varsity Scout Pledge. 6. Complete a progress review.
  • Uniforms are…YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE UNIFORMED AS AN EXAMPLE TO YOUR TEAM The traditional Boy Scout uniform with a "Varsity" identification strip above the right pocket and with blaze orange shoulder loops. Varsity Scouts use the same Scout Oath, but have to live the principles of the Varsity Scout Oath. Program Features. Three volumes of program features support the high-adventure/sports program field of emphasis. Each program feature contains resource materials that will prepare a team for an ultimate adventure or sports season. The high-adventure subjects are backpacking, canoe camping, caving, cycling, discover America, fishing, freestyle biking, frontiersman, mechanics, orienteering, rock climbing and rappelling, snow camping, survival, and whitewater canoeing. Each feature contains approximately three months of program. The sports program features contain basic rules, techniques, and strategies for basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, roller hockey, shooting sports, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and waterskiing.
  • Team CaptainTeam Captain (Quorum President)(Quorum President) Team Co-CaptainTeam Co-Captain (Quorum 1(Quorum 1stst Counselor)Counselor) Program ManagersProgram Managers Quarter MasterQuarter Master (Quorum Members)(Quorum Members) Team CoachTeam Coach ((Usually 1Usually 1stst Counselor inCounselor in Ward YM PresWard YM Pres.).) Team CommitteeTeam Committee (Bishopric(Bishopric ParentsParents Others)Others)
  • The Varsity Team is to be a youth run program Team Captains and Program Managers run the program Steps for making Varsity Scout Teams in LDS Units
  • Varsity and Denali Award requirements can meet the Duty to God requirements. Programs are not run independently as they co-exist harmoniously.
  • What has to happen to have a youth-led team? How can we utilize the quorum presidency to get a youth-led team? What are the struggles and how can they be overcome?
  • No one learns to preside without help. Are we giving them the opportunity and the support to conduct? Are we using all of the available methods of communication to facilitate their success. Don’t forget the implementation dip – failure can be a powerful teaching tool.
  • What do they need? How to plan an agenda How to run a meeting (timing) How to run a successful, inclusive program Priesthood purpose in all activities The importance of minutes and secretaries Setting goals Making assignments Delegation Follow-up
  • Identify the purpose of activity Match the activity with an appropriate Duty to God requirement Good idea file - When staying overnight, have Team bring their scriptures and have a fireside
  • Online www.scouting.org/Media/factsheets/02-923.aspx www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/Resources/ThreeWaysVarsity.aspx www.varsityscouter.org/ Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start. The Varsity Scout Leader Fast Start on-line training supports the orientation of new Varsity Scout leaders. For information on LDS Varsity Scouting www.gslc-bsa.org/varsity/ www.ldsscouting.org/varsity/varsity.html Varsity Scout Guidebook Varsity Scout Leader Fundamentals. This is a two-part training program for training adult Varsity Scout leaders. (Currently, we have this training available to use two times a year in the Silverado District, other Districts may vary.)
  • sdkirklin@yahoo.com