By Stewart Schow
Apr 06, 2017

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 23: Resources what they are?

TASK: Learn what resources your team has and how to best use them.

The Varsity Scout guidebook says this under Knowing and Using Resources.

Knowing and using the resources of team members is closely related to understanding their characteristics and needs.  Instead of finding out how the team can help individual members, though, leaders can discover how individuals might be able to help the team.

Resource can not only come from within a team but may come from outside the team as well. 

As an example of this,  I find a lot of older boy-Scout leaders who do not enjoy winter camping.  What I hear is that the adult leader does not know how to be warm when the air temperature is below 30 degrees.  Yet I know of other adults who love to go out in the coldest weather to camp.  They have learned what it takes to be comfortable in the coldest of nights. 

It is interesting to see someone who is a summer camper become a winter camper when they have learned some skills about dressing in layers to stay warm are cold winter nights.  They become skilled in understand how wet and windy effects the body temperature and how to avoid wet and windy together. 

Some of the other resources outside of a team itself available to a Varsity Coach are:

Varsity Scout Guidebook The Disappearing Varsity Scout Handbook Varsity Play Book


 Volume 1  Volume 2  Volume 3
Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3
Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews (these new  are manuals prepared to help with resources for a Coach or program manager and can be purchased at your local Scout Shop).


Additional training is  available for leaders include:

  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Weather Hazards
  • Climb On Safely
  • Trek Safely
    These  courses are available in the e-Learning section of . A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses.

Week long training that are used and do change lives are Wood Badge Training, Powder horn Training, All-Star youth and Adult training experience (you can read more about these courses at Training for Adults). For those in the units Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there are youth and adult Training video at under Serve and Teach, Aaronic Priesthood

My personal experience is that I always come away from a training experience much better for having attended.  I know that time is precious but so are skills that I learn as a progress through life.  And some of the skills I have gained give me something to pass on to other.  It is with great satisfaction that I have a scout who come up to me years after having done some activity and he says I remember when you said or did this and it has helped me in my life.

Ask yourself to look at other training opportunities that will help me become better Varsity Leader and then plan to attend.

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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