Leadership Training for Varsity Teams

Varsity Scouting is part of the Boy Scouting program of the BSA. It is an alternative available to boys ages fourteen to eighteen that takes the basic Boy Scouting program and adds high adventure, sporting, and other elements that are more appealing to older youth to accomplish the aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Varsity Scouts are organized into teams, which are separate chartered units from a Boy Scout troop.

Step 1 - Become an Official Scout Leader

  1. Register with the Boy Scouts of America. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org. Alternatively, you may get an Adult Application from your BSA local council office.
  2. Complete Youth Protection training at MyScouting.org It will take about half an hour.

Step 2 - Complete Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all leaders prior to submitting the Adult Application.

From the MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take Youth Protection training.

Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed Adult Application, to the pack committee chair (to be submitted to the BSA local council office).

  • Once your paperwork (Adult Application and YP certificate) has been submitted to the council office, it takes approximately two weeks for the background check to be completed. After two weeks you may then begin your service.
  • When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will be issued a BSA member ID number (your committee chair should be able to tell you what it is). After you know your member ID number, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile, and update the system by inputting your ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and any other training records in MyScouting.org)  to your BSA membership.
  • To learn more about BSA policies regarding Youth Protection, click here.

Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training. To take Youth Protection training go to https://myscouting.scouting.org and create an account.

Step 3 - Take Varsity Leader Fast Start Training

FAST START TRAINING IS FIRST and will help you prepare for your first meeting with the Cub Scouts.

Fast Start training offers a wide variety of different training lessons for the Boy Scouts.

  • Varsity Leader Fast Start
  •  Fast Start: Boy Scouting
  • Troop Committee Challenge
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • This is Scouting
  • Safety Afloat
  • Climb On Safely
  • Trek Safely
  • Weather Hazards

To take Fast Start training for your position go to Fast Start Training.

REQUIRED TRAINING: Once you have finished Fast Start training, you are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader in the team. Some training is only offered live and other training is available online at MyScouting.org –> Training –> E-Learning.

To find out what training is required for your position, click on the BSA’s “What Makes a Trained Leader” (www.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/what_makes_a_trained_leader.pdf).  This is where you’ll find the most up-to-date training requirements for most Scouting leadership positions.

Leader-specific training for your position: to be completed ASAP

Varsity Coach Leader Specific Training: This is a live course (approximately 6 hours) presented by your district or council. If your district is not offering this course in the next month or two, check the council calendar for the next available course that is within a reasonable distance. The training is the same throughout the BSA and you may take the course in any district or council.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills: This is an overnight training required for all Varsity team Coaches and assistant Coaches (although it is also useful for any adults who are registered with the team). This is a live training experience, and if it is not offered within the next few months in your district, check the council calendar and take it in a nearby district or council.

Team Committee Challenge: This course is required for all team committee members. This is a live training experience and if it is not offered within the next few months in your district, check the council calendar and take it in a nearby district or council.