Category Archives: Varsity Scouting

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Bill of Rights
By Darryl Alder
Feb 01, 2016

Do You Want Scholarships for Scouting?

In just five days the first application is due, so ready quickly and get to work! This Sunday, Scout Sunday, February 7, 2016 the Bill of Rights Institute will stop taking applications for $20,000 in scholarships in its “We the Students Essay Contest.”  The annual essay contest specifically awards a Boy Scout a $2,500 scholarship, along with […]

Boy Scout Dreams
By Susan Cheever
Jan 30, 2016

What is the Golden Question for a Boy-led Program ?

Scouting is a “boy-led program.”  An effective boy-led program does not begin with the question, “What would you like to do?”  That question does not invite the boys to take charge and plan a quality program.  It authorizes them to take the easy way out.  Almost every time I have heard someone ask the question, […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leader’s Day Book: Day 8

Rest, Think The Task: Take a break: ponder how you are doing You’ve been busy trying to get up to speed. This might be a good day to relax, step back, and think about how you are doing. There is a lot of new information for a new Varsity Coach to digest, all important. Now that you have collected some of it, how can […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 7

 Think Safety The Task: Get familiar with basic safety guidelines.   You would be very unhappy if one of your Varsity Scouts was hurt during an activity. You would be especially sick at heart if that happened because of your neglect or failure to plan for safety. You can reduce the possibility of this possibility by following the guidelines prepared by the Boy Scouts of America based on […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 6

The Meeting The Task: Start to plan for the first team meeting. If the next team meeting hasn’t already been planned, then it would be a good idea to look ahead now and plan. The team meeting outline and checklist below will make the planning job easier. Remember to rely on the judgment and choices of the young men as much as possible. A good Coach […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 5

Adult Support The Task:  Learn about your adult support system. You are not alone in this important Coaching task you have accepted. You are joined by other adults who will help you carry out the work. This should be good news. You also have the boys themselves who will be taking a lot of responsibility for leading. This means that you do not do everything yourself. Coaches who […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 4

Your Goal The Task: Under- stand what you are trying to accomplish. Early in your career as a Varsity leader you need to understand what the program is all about. You may be thinking “advancement” or “high adventure” or even “special programs and events.” But these are just ways to reach the real goal. The real goal is the personal development of each individual boy in in three areas: […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 3

Youth Leaders The Task: Get to know your Team leaders and their jobs. Your job is to train leadership in young men—the ability to plan and leadothers. Since we learn things by doing them, your training program begins with giving leadership responsibilities to the boys.A Team Captain leads your team. He leads a group of Program Managers. Each Program Manager plans activities in one major area […]

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By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book: Day 1

Get Oriented The Task: Collect the basic information you need to get to work. A new Varsity Coach needs a lot of information. Today’s task is to gather some of that information. Make this book your own by filling in your own information. Record information about your team, your sponsor (your Chartered Organization Representative), and your Scout district. List both the Troop Committee Chair and the Varsity Scout Committee Chair. Be […]

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By Darryl Alder
Jan 14, 2016

Making the Varsity Team

In his book Running Toward Danger (pp. 195-97),  Michael Malone collected hundreds of stories of Scouts who saved the lives of others. In one section entitled: “Making the Varsity Team” he writes: Varsity Scouting was created in 1984 in Salt Lake City, Utah . . . As envisioned, the goal of Varsity Scouting was to keep older teen boys […]

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By Aubrey Carpenter
Jan 08, 2016

Most Popular Articles of 2015

2015 was an exciting year for The Boy Scout. We had more subscribers, more views, more comments, and more shares than ever before. We loved sharing stories and learning from you last year, and hope 2016 will bring more inspiration, helpful tips, teaching tools, and insights for all of us. We want to take a moment to […]

Seat Belt
By Community Submission
Jan 07, 2016

Transporting Youth Without Seatbelts On—What was I Thinking?

Adult leadership in the Boy Scouts of America is all about an investment in the most valuable asset we have—the youth who will be leaders in our world tomorrow. The time, financial and emotional sacrifices that adult leaders make is significant—service without pay, often spending our own funds to help provide resources and opportunities for […]

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By David Johnson
Jan 02, 2016

A Mom’s Note to a Camp Director

Several months after camp a mother wrote this to me: When our son started working at Maple Dell, he was very self conscious and unsure of himself. Due to some recent events that happened just prior to his starting work at Maple Dell he was very unhappy. However all of this changed after he worked at […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Dec 30, 2015

Preparing for the New Boy Scout Rank Requirements

BSA’s 411 Program Updates are nearly all in place except for Boy Scouting, which makes its final changes in January 2016. Of course, the first things you will notice are the new rank requirements. These were introduced last May but take full effect on January 1st ; Scouts joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements. Boys […]