The Varsity Scout requirements for rank advancement are the same as for Boy Scouts. However, the advancement program is supervised by a youth member called an advancement program manager, who is assisted by an adult on the team committee.

Any young man from 14 to 18 years old may participate in this program for older Boy Scouts. Varsity Scouting offers five program fields of emphasis: Advancement, High Adventure, Personal Development, Service, and Special Programs & Events. Each of these programs is led by a member of the team called a program manager, who receives assistance from a member of the team committee.

Position of responsibility requirements for Star and Life ranks may be met by a Varsity Scout serving as a team captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow Troop representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief or in other leadership roles assigned by the Coach. (Historian and Coach assigned role are not acceptable towards Eagle Scout rank)

The Varsity Scout Coach will conduct a Coach conference in place of the Scoutmaster's conference.

As a Varsity Scout meets the requirements for each rank, a board of review is conducted by the team committee member responsible for advancement, the advancement program manager, and the Varsity Scout Coach for all ranks except Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout board of review follows the procedure established by the District Advancement Committee.

For further details on rank advancement, visit the Boy Scout Advancement site.

For further details on Rank Advancement, Merit Badges and other Varsity Scouting Awards you may find useful information on the following websites:

U.S. Scouting Service Project


Please note that neither of these websites are affiliated with the BSA.

They do not speak on behalf of the BSA.

Opinions and content expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors.

Varsity or Venturing Patrol Letter & Pins

By participating actively in all phases of the Varsity program or Boy Scout Troop Venturing Patrol, you are entitled to receive the official Varsity or Venturing Letter, and wear it on the Scout jacket and/or Merit Badge sash. Requirements for earning the Letter follow:

  1. Be a registered Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Scout Team member.
  2. While a Varsity Team or Venturing Patrol member, actively participate in or accomplish at least one ultimate adventure (to the satisfaction of your Assistant Scoutmaster or Coach).
  3. Have an attendance record at Varsity team or Venturing Patrol meetings and activity meetings of at least 75 percent for 3 consecutive months.
  4. Demonstrate to the Assistant Scoutmaster or Coach that you know and live by the Scout Oath and Law.

After you complete each Varsity Sport or Venturing ultimate adventure, you are eligible to wear a medallion attached to your letter that represents your completion of that activity.

Currently, the following activities are recognized in the Varsity Sports and Venturing "Ultimate Adventure" Program, and have pins available:


Freestyle Biking








Canoe Camping




Rock Climbing and Rappelling


Cross-Country Skiing

Whitewater Canoeing



Roller Hockey


Discovering Adventure

Shooting Sports



Snow Camping


There are no specific requirements for the various pins. Basically, a Scout must earn the LETTER, then complete the sport or "ultimate adventure" to get the pin.

Denali Award

The Denali Award is available to Varsity Scouts who have already earned the Varsity Scout letter, and who complete the following six requirements:

  1. Be registered as a Varsity Scout.
  2. While a Varsity Scout advance one rank toward Eagle, or earn an Eagle Palm.
  3. Hold a Varsity Scout leadership position
  4. (a) While a Varsity Scout serve as a leader of an activity in two of the five fields of emphasis.
    (b) While a Varsity Scout participate in an activity in the remaining three fields of emphasis.
  5. Satisfy to the team captain that you know the Varsity Scout Pledge.
  6. Complete a team board of review with a district/council representative.

Special Opportunities for Varsity Scouts

In addition to Rank Advancements and Merit Badges, Boy Scouts may earn a number of other Badges and Awards. Most of the requirements for the following awards are included in the Requirements Book or can be found on the sites list above.