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Varsity – Getting Started Overview

The following information will help you get started or improve your Boy Scout Troop experience. Coaching and Mentoring are available to all Leaders. Please contact your local Stake Young Men’s Presidency or Josh Dart jd at joshdart.com 949-212-2014 to coordinate and find a coach for you and your Troop.


Varsity is very different that Boy Scouts.  Its focus to is to help boys take initiative, seek out ideas, plan, prepare, execute Varsity level activities, and then seek feedback.   Varsity Activities ,such as Wilderness Survival, take the challenge to the next level.  An example may be Learning to identify and eat local plants or capturing and cooking food you caught, such as snake and rabbit.   The Adult Leaders have different roles, too.  The adult (the Coach) gets to teach from the sidelines during the activity and in for of the boys before/after the activity.  The boys are learning to run the show but the Coach – Coaches them.


Varsity Scout Overview:

As an LDS Scout leader, your role is to help each young man to accomplish the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.  We do this through helping each young man:

  • Develop Christ-like attributes (found in the Scout Law and Scout Oath)
  • Develop leadership skills (which will help them in their families, mission, school, work, and future callings)
  • Learn to rely on the Lord (through prayer and accomplishing hard things, such as hikes & camping)
  • Learn to love serving others and perform Priesthood and Community service (central to Priesthood and Scouting)
  • Become independent and gain confidence in their ability to do hard things, including Choosing the Right
  • Become Physically Fit, Mentally Awake, and Morally Straight
  • Develop skills that will help them succeed
  • Strengthen each other through brotherhood, Priesthood quorums, and friendships

This is best accomplished by getting trained (LEARN), seeking out best practices from other Scout Leaders, helping the boys do as much as possible (lead, plan, delegate, fail, and succeed) (ACT), and finding opportunities to share what you have learned with other leaders (SHARE).  The Learn, Act, Share Model is central to the Duty to God Program.  As the boys are engaged and feel that it is their program, they will step up and take more ownership and initiative.  As their leader, it is your responsibility to help encourage them, love them, be an example of the Priesthood, and provide training and direction for your young men.  Active quorums meet in Presidency Meetings/ Scout Team Planning Meetings.  This should be done 2-3X per month. During these meeting, you will guide the youth to plan upcoming Team Meeting and prepare for upcoming Team Outings, activities, as well in additional to normal Presidency Meeting agenda items.

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Getting Started for NEW Adults: New Varsity Scout Leaders (LDS-BSA Website)


Why Varsity Scouting:
– Why Scouting Matters
Trails to Testimony

Ensign Article – “Training was the Answer”

Gettings Started:
Varsity Intro (Overview, Annual Events, Resources)
– Step by Step Guide (Planning Process & Tools)


Each Quarter there are 5 Program managers (boy role), who lead the weekly focus and are in charge in 1 of the areas of Personal Development, High Adventure/Sports, Advancement, Service, or Special Events.  There are also adult mentors who help each boy to learn and to help them have a successful lesson/activity.