By Stewart Schow
Mar 09, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 19: Let the Youth Do It

TASK:  Help your Captain share the leadership load so that every team member has a duty.


An important feature of Varsity Scouting is that it offers leadership opportunities to virtually every team member. What do you think this means as to the operation of the Team?

Welcome to Varsity Scouting, a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men ages 14 through 17. Packed with opportunities for adventure, leadership, personal growth and service
Varsity Play Book, p. 2”

In the “Welcome to Varsity Scouting” page, (quoted to the right), we find this answer:

What are the opportunities for leadership that this talking about?

One of the Aims of Scouting is to help young men to be mentally and physically fit. Two parts of being mentally and physically fit is “to be able to use good judgement and make sound decisions, while training himself to be resourceful in solving problems.”

One of the ways that a young man 14 to 17 learns good judgement and sound decision making is to be involved with the planning and execution of that plan on an ongoing basis in an organization such as Varsity Scouting. So pause and ask yourself:

  • Where does a young man get the opportunity to conduct team meetings under the guidance of the team Coach?
  • Where does a young man get the opportunity to preside over a meeting?
  • Where does a young man get the opportunity to coordinate activities together?
  • Where does a young man get the opportunity to maintain the spirit of the team?

For those who Varsity Teams are sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) look at LDS Quorum Presidencies training online. Your will find the following instructions

“8.3.2 Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders provide quorum members with opportunities for priesthood assignments, leadership experiences and spiritual growth.”

In a recent Young Men Auxiliary Training the Young Men’s Presidency said this:

“As leaders of young men, our purpose may be summarized in this way: Help young men to become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill their divine roles. To assist in achieving that purpose, we invite you to consider the three principles explained below, always looking to the example of the Savior.

1. Be with them.
2. Connect them with heaven.
3. Let them lead.”

Let them, the youth, lead this post’s central message. Letting a young man do it himself with the appropriate support is what Varsity Scouting is all about. In the end if a young man says “I did it.” Then we have accomplished our goal of getting them to practice leadership in the activities of Varsity Scouting.

Look for ways and ideas to allow each young man to gain leadership experience as he participate in weekly activities that has been planned and organize by young men with the mentorship of adults.


This weekly blog series will help any new Varsity Scout leader get well trained in 90 days using this unique program that serves Teacher-aged young men:

MOnth one

Week 1 Week 2
Week 3  Week 4
  • Day 22: Stop-Start-Continue
  • Day 23: Information Resources
  • Day 24: Leave no Trace
  • Day 25: Safety Certifications
  • Day 26: The Yearly Planning Event
  • Day 27: Unfolding the Yearly Plan
  • Day 28: Whole System Review

Stewart Schow
Author: Stewart Schow  | Utah National Parks Council Varsity Scout Committee Chairman

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