By Andy Gibbons
Jan 21, 2016

Varsity Scout Leaders Day Book Day 3: Youth Leaders

Day 3
The Task: Get to know your Team leaders and their jobs.

Your job is to train leadership in young men, because your Captain is the team’s leader; he calls the shots, while the coach is on the sidelines.

The more responsibility the [Varsity Coach] gives his…leaders, the more they will respond.
– Baden-Powell

Since we all learn things by doing them, your training program begins with giving leadership responsibilities to the boys. While the Team Captain leads your team, he does it with a group of Program Managers. Each Program Manager plans activities in one major area of program. You will learn more about how this organization works later. For now, it is important to find out which youth have assignments, how well they know their responsibilities, and how active they are in their positions. The best way to do that is to meet with them individually and ask.

Program Manager Duties


  • Lead team meetings
  • Check on assignments


  • Plan and lead service activities


  • Plan and lead special programs and events (usually operated by your District or Council)



  • Plan and lead high adventure activities
  • Organize team members for league play


  • Plan and lead advancement activities


  • Plan and lead personal development events including spiritual, citizenship, leadership, physical, social or cultural activities
  • Leadership Spiritual Citizenship Social or Cultural Physical

Some teams have enough boys to need assistant positions. Some teams don’t have enough to fill all five program manager slots. Later you will learn how to handle these situations. For now, here are the duties usually assigned to each team leadership position.

You will rotate positions periodically to give each boy a chance to serve in different positions.Team Org Chart


You can read other parts of this blog series here:

MOnth one

Week 1 Week 2
Week 3  Week 4
  • Day 15: Scouting Values
  • Day 16: Adult Jobs and Duties
  • Day 17: Adult and Youth Training
  • Day 18: Trip Plans and Insurance
  • Day 19: Youth Planning and Execution
  • Day 20: Balancing the 5 Areas
  • Day 21: Planning vs Activities
  • 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 , BSA

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