Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

team varstiy
By Ken Cluff
Dec 18, 2014

Annual program planning for Varsity Scout Teams

Let’s talk about one of the key elements of all successful Varsity teams and an indicator of a potentially successful year. Of course, that would be the team’s annual program plan and planning conference that typically takes place in November or December for the coming year. New research conducted by Eli Lily in Indianapolis, Indiana, […]

ski feature
By Darryl Alder
Dec 15, 2014

Biathlon Coming January 10th

Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, which presents an interesting dichotomy for me.  I love cross country skiing, it is by far my favorite winter sport (even more than downhill, which I have done since I was 12), but shooting, that is not my thing. Imagine skiing until you are out […]

SkiPatrol
By Boy Scouts of America
Nov 29, 2014

Play Safe in the Snow—Winter Sports Safety

AS WINTER RETURNS, Scouters’ thoughts turn to sports such as skiing, tobogganing, and sledding, which means it’s also time to review the basics of winter safety. Item 3 of the Winter Sports Safety Section in the Guide to Safe Scouting reads: “Appropriate personal protective equipment is required for all activities. This includes the recommended use of helmets for all participants […]

Varsity Scout Logo
By Community Submission
Nov 27, 2014

An Inspired Program

I still catch on fire when getting to explain the beauty of the Varsity Scout Program to other leaders. It’s fun to see their eyes get wide with understanding as they see how it can all fit together with anything they do as a team or quorum. It is truly an inspired program! I see […]

UVU
By Andrew Olsen
Nov 21, 2014

Basketball Scout Night—UVU vs. Utah State Dec. 13th

Join us for our first UVU Scout Night on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Come watch the UVU Men’s Basketball team take on Utah State! Get discounted tickets for just $4 with 50% of ticket sales goes back to support local Scouting! That means $2 of every ticket comes back to support Scouting in the […]

Program Features
By Darryl Alder
Nov 15, 2014

Using the New “Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews”

We have been waiting for many months now, but it’s here: Volume 1 of Program Features for troops, Teams and Crews—a Guide to Program Planning. This compilation  has sixteen program features divided into six program groups, including these subjects: Outdoor Programs –  Camping –  Climbing and Rappelling –  Geocaching –  Hiking –  Outdoor Ethics – […]

tent in snow
By Ken Cluff
Nov 07, 2014

Winter Tent Camping (Part 2)

(This part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) Preparing the campsite After you have reached the place where you want to camp for the night, use your snowshoes to pack down the snow in the spot where you’re going to pitch the tent. You may want to take the time to build a […]

Pulking
By Ken Cluff
Nov 06, 2014

Winter Tent Camping (Part 1)

Varsity Scout Snowshoers and/or Cross-Country skiers can see and experience amazing things when we take day-long treks through the snowy woods, but when we extend our snowshoeing or skiing trip overnight we will experience an entirely new winter outdoors. But who would want to carry all that gear through the snow, only to spend the night in a tiny tent? […]

mountain board
By Ken Cluff
Oct 11, 2014

High Adventure Mountainboarding

The best high-adventure treks are planned, and carried out by our Varsity Scout youth. This high-adventure activity on mountain boarding can provide positive learning experiences to help your young men to mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high […]

Varsity Scout Logo
By LDS-BSA Relationships
Sep 25, 2014

Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity coach or Team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org… You will find many exciting activity suggestions that advisers and youth leaders can choose from, to build an exciting program centered […]

A waterpocket deep inside the Black Hole of White Canyon. White Canyon, Utah.
By Ken Cluff
Sep 18, 2014

The “Black Hole” in White Canyon

Our older Varsity Scouts consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. We need to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks. Encourage your Varsity Scout youth to seek out these programs; it’s what keeps them high on Scouting and in the Church. High adventure challenges and inspires our young men, and broadens their leadership skills. This is why […]

kayak 3
By Daily Herald
Sep 10, 2014

Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333

  OREM – Venture Crew adviser Darrin Mellor stood and grinned from his garage while watching about a dozen 18- to 19-year-old boys building kayaks. Meet Bradford’s Warriors of Venture Crew 1333. They seem to ebb and flow from Mellor’s Orem home working on various stages of preparing their one-man kayaks. One is just piecing together […]

no tier
By Scouting Magazine
Aug 28, 2014

Make your own Hudson Bay bread

Try this hearty “bread”—that’s more like a granola bar—when you’re out on the trail. It’s filling, high in needed calories, and it tastes great when slathered with peanut butter or jelly (or both!). Hudson Bay bread is a signature trail snack at Northern Tier. HUDSON BAY BREAD  1½ lbs. margarine or butter 4 cups sugar […]

ring boy
By Darryl Alder
Aug 05, 2014

General Health and Safety FAQs

Every Summer the phones at our Scout Service Centers with safety questions. The most common can be answered here: Annual Health and Medical Record, tour and activity plan, shooting sports program. But here are several others we often get: Age-Appropriate Guidelines Q. Can Scouts use zip lines? A. Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age youth […]

VS letter
By Andy Gibbons
Jul 30, 2014

Varsity Vision Leader–Specific Training

BSA National has officially approved the Varsity Vision Leader-Specific training course as fulfilling the requirements for Varsity leader-specific training. Leaders still have to attend Outdoor Skills training and Youth Protection to qualify for the “Trained” patch. There are a growing number of Varsity Vision training courses.  Our goal is for them to be held regularly in every district and at the Stake or […]

patch
By Ken Cluff
Jul 28, 2014

30th Anniversary of Varsity Scouting Celebration this Year

Varsity Scouting was officially adopted by the Boy Scouts of America in 1984. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially endorsed the program about that same time. The following announcement appeared in the January 1984 issue of the Ensign: President Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, instructed the Brethren to implement the Varsity Scouting program, he […]

yield
By Ken Cluff
Jul 25, 2014

Common Courtesy on the Trail

It is important to recognize that others’ idea of recreation may be different than our own in Varsity Scouting, and to show both courtesy and patience. Cyclists should ride in control on shared trails while hikers should be prepared to step to the side of the trail to give cyclists as much room as possible. Horse riders get the right of way in virtually every circumstance, but […]

map
By Ken Cluff
Jul 23, 2014

Sandboarding at Little Sahara Sand Dunes

At 60,000 acres, there’s a lot to see the in Little Sahara sand dunes area. But some Varsity Scout teams make the drive there for one reason: sandboarding the dunes. You get all the thrill of SNOWBOARDING at a fraction of the cost. That’s sandboarding. But there are trade-offs when swapping white powder for tan […]