By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 4: Your Goal

Day 4The Task: Understand 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:

Baden-Powell, Scoutings founder

Baden-Powell, Scoutings founder


  • Values
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Duty
  • Reliability


  • Participation
  • Leadership
  • Service

Baden-Powell wrote an autobiography which he titled “Lessons from the Varsity of Life.”  In his title, the word ‘Varsity’ meant ‘university’. The name of the Varsity Scout program is borrowed from Baden- Powell’s book. In it he said:

“It is good to laze, honestly half-tired, and to look back and feel that though one has had one’s day it has, in spite of one’s limitations, not been an idle one, that one has enjoyed it to the full, and that one is lucky in being rich through having few wants and fewer regrets.

“Through an upper window comes the laughing chatter of the young folk going to bed.

“To-morrow their day will come.“May it be as happy a one as mine has been, God bless them!”


  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Moral
  • Spiritual

Scouting consists of many families that serve youth needs over several years: Cubs, Scouts, Varsity, and Venturing. Each program helps boys meet the challenges of a particular phase of growth from youth to young adulthood.

On another day the topic will be the details of these differences. For now, the important question is: “What is the pattern of growth for the Varsity Scout-aged boy, and how does the Varsity program support that growth?

The chart below shows four different levels support and challenge the Varsity Scout needs while he is a member of the team.Varsity Scout Growth

Over time, the challenge to the boy increases and the support he needs from adults decreases. Your job as a leader is to help each boy move to the next level, then to the next, until he reaches the top and has learned self-leadership.

This will require not only your efforts but the organized efforts of the other Varsity leaders working directly with you: committee members, parents, district personnel, your sponsoring organization, and Varsity leaders from other teams.

You can read other parts of this blog series here:

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 SchowCo-auAndythor: Andy Gibbons | Vice-Chair, Western Region Varsity Scout Program Committee and author of the “The Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book” and Stewart Schow | Varsity Scout Task Force,  Utah National Parks Council

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