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 said, “Varsity Scouting is a program developed by the Boy Scouts of America for young men age 14–15. Certain councils conducted a “pilot” program and as a result of the positive success, Varsity Scouting has become an official program of the Boy Scouts of America. It has now been determined by the Church that Varsity Scouting will be the Scouting program for our teacher-age young men. Varsity Scouting will replace (the old) Venturing Scouting which has been the program for these young men. Following the implementation schedule correlated with Boy Scouts of America, all wards will be expected to sponsor a Varsity team for teacher-age young men.”
President Ezra Taft Benson goes on to say: “The purposes and objectives of the Varsity program have the same strong traditional principles of the past. These include spirituality, self-reliance, love of family, service in the community, and loyalty to country. These principles are reaffirmed in the Scout oath, Scout law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. Varsity Scouting is a great new resource to strengthen the young men of the teacher quorum age. It is intended that as our young men participate in Varsity Scouting they would continue toward achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout and master leadership skills. Boy Scouts of America plans to complete training and implementation across the country by September 1984.”
Several Scouters in the Utah Nation Parks Council have made some memorabilia to commemorate the 30th year of Varsity Scouting. Doug Hickman has produced a 3 1/4 inch diameter cloth patch for $2.50 each. Also he has some metal pins that are 1” in diameter and sells for $3.50 each. Doug can be reached at 149 East 700 South in Springville, Utah. His E-mail address is; Ibleedorange2@gmail.com.
Kevin Golding also has a great 30th anniversary hat that you can purchase for $6.00 each. Kevin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801- 717-7169.