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The following 27 pins and requirements correspond to the Varsity Scout team high-adventure/sports program features.
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The following 27 '''Varsity Scout Activity Pins''' and requirements correspond to the [[Varsity Scout]] [[team]] high-adventure/sports program features.
== Award requirements ==
== Award requirements ==
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Teams may schedule an ultimate adventure that is a "big event" where the other program managers plan activities in the same program feature. Related merit badges may be earned before or during the event.
Teams may schedule an ultimate adventure that is a "big event" where the other program managers plan activities in the same program feature. Related merit badges may be earned before or during the event.
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Below are types of examples program managers could plan for ultimate adventures; these activities are demanding and for many you must consult the ''Varsity Scout Features'' pamphlets for information, safety and consultant needs. Since there are no set requirements for the activity pins, '''the team captain determines what the participation requirements''' are within the high-adventure/sports event:
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Below are types of examples program managers could plan for ultimate adventures; these activities are demanding and for many you must consult the ''Varsity Scout Features'' pamphlets for information, safety and consultant needs. Since there are no set requirements for the activity pins, '''the team captain determines what the participation requirements''' are within the high-adventure/sports event:{{clear}}
=== Backpacking ===
=== Backpacking ===
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Sharpen skills, make equipment, start conditioning, and conduct preplanning. A backpacking trip could be at Philmont, or a trail such as the Appalachian trail. Team members could earn the [[50 Miler Award]], the [[Leave No Trace]] award, or the [[Backpacking]] or [[Hiking]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_backpacking.jpg|left]]Sharpen skills, make equipment, start conditioning, and conduct preplanning. A backpacking trip could be at Philmont, or a trail such as the Appalachian trail. Team members could earn the [[50 Miler Award]], the [[Leave No Trace]] award, or the [[Backpacking]] or [[Hiking]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Basketball ===
=== Basketball ===
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Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_basketball.jpg|left]]Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Bowling ===
=== Bowling ===
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Bowling is a good cold-weather alternative. Join a league or hold a tournament; earn the [[Engineering]] or [[Sports]] merit badge for advancement.
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[[Image:Activity_bowling.jpg|left]]Bowling is a good cold-weather alternative. Join a league or hold a tournament; earn the [[Engineering]] or [[Sports]] merit badge for advancement.{{clear}}
=== Canoe camping ===
=== Canoe camping ===
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Plan an extended canoe camping; learn and demonstrate BSA [[Safety Afloat]]; earn the [[50 Miler Award]], the [[Leave No Trace]] award, and the [[Canoeing]] or the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_canoecamping.jpg|left]]Plan an extended canoe camping; learn and demonstrate BSA [[Safety Afloat]]; earn the [[50 Miler Award]], the [[Leave No Trace]] award, and the [[Canoeing]] or the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Caving ===
=== Caving ===
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Cover the material in the Caving program feature. Conduct a caving activity. Earn the [[Geology]] merit badge for advancement.
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[[Image:Activity_caving.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the Caving program feature. Conduct a caving activity. Earn the [[Geology]] merit badge for advancement.{{clear}}
=== Cross-country skiing ===
=== Cross-country skiing ===
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Cover the material in the Cross-country skiing program feature. Organize a tour race or cross-country skiing adventure. Earn the [[Snow Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_crosscountrysking.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the Cross-country skiing program feature. Organize a tour race or cross-country skiing adventure. Earn the [[Snow Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Cycling ===
=== Cycling ===
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Plan a long-term cycling tour or a tournament, including conditioning and bike inspections. There are many outside consultants that could provide expertise. Earn the [[Cycling]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_cycling.jpg|left]]Plan a long-term cycling tour or a tournament, including conditioning and bike inspections. There are many outside consultants that could provide expertise. Earn the [[Cycling]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Discovering America ===
=== Discovering America ===
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This is a wild-card activity. It allows teams to brainstorm for an adventure: A hobby adventure, a trip to another country, a special citizenship project to aid a group of people, or working on a cattle ranch.
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[[Image:Activity_discoveramerica.jpg|left]]This is a wild-card activity. It allows teams to brainstorm for an adventure: A hobby adventure, a trip to another country, a special citizenship project to aid a group of people, or working on a cattle ranch.{{clear}}
=== Fishing ===
=== Fishing ===
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Cover basic instruction for fishing; learn to tie fly lures; hold a bait or fly casting tournament. Make this the focus of a high-adventure. Earn the [[Fishing]], [[Fly Fishing]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_fishing.jpg|left]]Cover basic instruction for fishing; learn to tie fly lures; hold a bait or fly casting tournament. Make this the focus of a high-adventure. Earn the [[Fishing]], [[Fly Fishing]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Freestyle biking ===
=== Freestyle biking ===
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Cover the Freestyle biking program feature. Stage a freestyle biking competition.
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[[Image:Activity_freestylebiking.jpg|left]]Cover the Freestyle biking program feature. Stage a freestyle biking competition.{{clear}}
=== Frontiersman ===
=== Frontiersman ===
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Learn about all aspects of the mountain men that explored the western frontiers in the early 19th century. Earn the [[Wilderness Survival]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_fronteersman.jpg|left]]Learn about all aspects of the mountain men that explored the western frontiers in the early 19th century. Earn the [[Wilderness Survival]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Mechanics ===
=== Mechanics ===
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Team may follow the Mechanic's program feature. Activities may require an outside consultant. Activities could include earning the [[Traffic Safety]] and the [[Auto Mechanics]] merit badges.
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[[Image:Activity_mechanics.jpg|left]]Team may follow the Mechanic's program feature. Activities may require an outside consultant. Activities could include earning the [[Traffic Safety]] and the [[Auto Mechanics]] merit badges.{{clear}}
=== Operation On-target ===
=== Operation On-target ===
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This program is mainly for Varsity Scouts, but also includes Venturers and older Boy Scouts. Operation On-target gives the team the opportunity to learn about signaling with mirrors and exposes them to radio communications, movie-making equipment, photography, and other subjects. Supporting advancement activities could include earning the [[Radio]] or [[Photography]] merit badges.
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[[Image:Activity_operationon-target.jpg|left]]This program is mainly for Varsity Scouts, but also includes Venturers and older Boy Scouts. Operation On-target gives the team the opportunity to learn about signaling with mirrors and exposes them to radio communications, movie-making equipment, photography, and other subjects. Supporting advancement activities could include earning the [[Radio]] or [[Photography]] merit badges.
There are two pins available, a V-shaped pin for the first participation and another for each attendance thereafter.
There are two pins available, a V-shaped pin for the first participation and another for each attendance thereafter.
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*[http://www.ontargetbsa.org Official Operation On-Target Site]
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*[http://www.ontargetbsa.org Official Operation On-Target Site]{{clear}}
=== Orienteering ===
=== Orienteering ===
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Cover the material in the Orienteering program feature. Plan a challenging orienteering activity. Earn the [[Orienteering]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_orienteering.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the Orienteering program feature. Plan a challenging orienteering activity. Earn the [[Orienteering]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Rock climbing and rappelling ===
=== Rock climbing and rappelling ===
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This can be one of the most challenging adventures. Teams need the help of a qualified instructor and must follow [[Climb On Safely]] procedures. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Climbing]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_rockclimb_rappel.jpg|left]]This can be one of the most challenging adventures. Teams need the help of a qualified instructor and must follow [[Climb On Safely]] procedures. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Climbing]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Roller hockey ===
=== Roller hockey ===
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Cover the material in the Roller hockey program feature. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Skating]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_rollerhockey.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the Roller hockey program feature. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Skating]] or [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Shooting sports ===
=== Shooting sports ===
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Cover the material in the Shooting spots program feature; a qualified instructor is a must. Plan a high-adventure outing or hold a tournament. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Shotgun Shooting]], [[Rifle Shooting]], [[Archery]] and [[Sports]] merit badges.
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[[Image:Activity_shootingsports.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the Shooting spots program feature; a qualified instructor is a must. Plan a high-adventure outing or hold a tournament. Advancement activities may include earning the [[Shotgun Shooting]], [[Rifle Shooting]], [[Archery]] and [[Sports]] merit badges.{{clear}}
=== Snow camping ===
=== Snow camping ===
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Cover the material in the snow camping program feature. Conduct a snow camping activity, hold a [[Klondike Derby]] or hike. Advancement activities could include earning the [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_snowcamping.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the snow camping program feature. Conduct a snow camping activity, hold a [[Klondike Derby]] or hike. Advancement activities could include earning the [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Soccer ===
=== Soccer ===
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Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_soccer.jpg|left]]Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Softball ===
=== Softball ===
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Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_softball.jpg|left]]Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Survival ===
=== Survival ===
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Teams may go beyond what is learned in the [[Wilderness Survival]] merit badge. This adventure should be to work together with members of the team to solve problems and live in harmony with one another. Support activities may include having the team take an American Red Cross wilderness first aid course.
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[[Image:Activity_survival.jpg|left]]Teams may go beyond what is learned in the [[Wilderness Survival]] merit badge. This adventure should be to work together with members of the team to solve problems and live in harmony with one another. Support activities may include having the team take an American Red Cross wilderness first aid course.{{clear}}
=== Swimming ===
=== Swimming ===
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This activity may include swimming skills such as earning the [[Swimming]] or [[Lifesaving]] merit badges, or include earning [[BSA Lifeguard]] but this activity focuses on the skills of competitive swimming and endurance such the [[Mile Swim BSA]] or a swimming meet for the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_swimming.jpg|left]]This activity may include swimming skills such as earning the [[Swimming]] or [[Lifesaving]] merit badges, or include earning [[BSA Lifeguard]] but this activity focuses on the skills of competitive swimming and endurance such the [[Mile Swim BSA]] or a swimming meet for the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Tennis ===
=== Tennis ===
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Cover the material in the tennis program feature; hold a tennis tournament. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_tennis.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the tennis program feature; hold a tennis tournament. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Triathlon ===
=== Triathlon ===
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These long-distance competitions consist of three phases, usually bicycling, swimming and running. Winter variations could consist of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing ad speed skating. Advancement activities could include have the team earn the [[Personal Fitness]], [[Athletics]], [[Sports]], [[Cycling]], [[Skating]] or [[Snow Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_triathalon.jpg|left]]These long-distance competitions consist of three phases, usually bicycling, swimming and running. Winter variations could consist of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing ad speed skating. Advancement activities could include have the team earn the [[Personal Fitness]], [[Athletics]], [[Sports]], [[Cycling]], [[Skating]] or [[Snow Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Volleyball ===
=== Volleyball ===
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Cover the material in the volleyball program feature. Plan a volleyball activity with other as a coed event or with other Varsity Scouts, or participate in a volleyball league. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.
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[[Image:Activity_volleyball.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the volleyball program feature. Plan a volleyball activity with other as a coed event or with other Varsity Scouts, or participate in a volleyball league. An advancement activity could be earning the [[Sports]] merit badge.{{clear}}
=== Waterskiing ===
=== Waterskiing ===
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Find a qualified instructor to coach the team for this activity. Support activities could include learning and demonstrating BSA [[Safety Afloat]] and conducting a safety session for a Boy Scout troop. Advancement activities could earn the [[Water Sports]] or [[Sports]] merit badges.
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[[Image:Activity_waterskiing.jpg|left]]Find a qualified instructor to coach the team for this activity. Support activities could include learning and demonstrating BSA [[Safety Afloat]] and conducting a safety session for a Boy Scout troop. Advancement activities could earn the [[Water Sports]] or [[Sports]] merit badges.{{clear}}
=== Whitewater canoeing ===
=== Whitewater canoeing ===
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Cover the material in the whitewater program feature. An ultimate adventure could be planning a trip down a whitewater river. Advancement activities could include earning the [[Whitewater]] merit badge and learning and demonstrating BSA [[Safety Afloat]].
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[[Image:Activity_whitewatercanoe.jpg|left]]Cover the material in the whitewater program feature. An ultimate adventure could be planning a trip down a whitewater river. Advancement activities could include earning the [[Whitewater]] merit badge and learning and demonstrating BSA [[Safety Afloat]].
''Source: 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)''
''Source: 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)''
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==Award images==
 
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Image:Activity_backpacking.jpg|Backpacking Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_basketball.jpg|Basketball Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_bowling.jpg|Bowling Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_canoecamping.jpg|Canoe camping Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_caving.jpg|Caving Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_crosscountrysking.jpg|Cross-country skiing Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_cycling.jpg|Cycling Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_discoveramerica.jpg|Discovering America Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_fishing.jpg|Fishing Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_freestylebiking.jpg|Freestyle biking Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_fronteersman.jpg|Frontiersman Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_mechanics.jpg|Mechanics Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_operationon-target.jpg|Operation On-target Varsity Scout activity pin (1) and repeat attendance pin (2)
 
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Image:Activity_orienteering.jpg|Orienteering Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_rockclimb_rappel.jpg|Rock climbing and rappelling Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_rollerhockey.jpg|Roller hockey Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_shootingsports.jpg|Shooting sports Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_snowcamping.jpg|Snow camping sports Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_soccer.jpg|Soccer Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_softball.jpg|Softball Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_survival.jpg|Survival Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_swimming.jpg|Swimming Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_tennis.jpg|Tennis Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_triathalon.jpg|Triathlon Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_volleyball.jpg|Volleyball Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_waterskiing.jpg|Waterskiing Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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Image:Activity_whitewatercanoe.jpg|Whitewater canoeing Varsity Scout activity pin
 
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== Notes ==
 
== Help with these requirements ==
== Help with these requirements ==
* Varsity Team Program Features Pamphlets No. 1, 2, 3 (34837, 34838, 34839)
* Varsity Team Program Features Pamphlets No. 1, 2, 3 (34837, 34838, 34839)
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Revision as of 18:41, October 14, 2008

This article is about the Activity Pins for Varsity Scouts. For the 26 Boy Scout Venture Patrol ultimate activity pins see Venture Patrol Activity Pins.

The following 27 Varsity Scout Activity Pins and requirements correspond to the Varsity Scout team high-adventure/sports program features.

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Award requirements

Youth Varsity Scout team members who participate in a "ultimate adventure" may earn a Varsity Scout Letter. Such an activity may occur every three to six months; the event is chosen by the team, planned and carried out by the high-adventure/sports program manager, and requires practice or training sessions. If the activity falls into one of the 27 Varsity Scout program features, then an activity pin may be optionally awarded. The team captain (youth team leader) determines the requirements and awards the pins at a court of honor.

Teams may schedule an ultimate adventure that is a "big event" where the other program managers plan activities in the same program feature. Related merit badges may be earned before or during the event.

Below are types of examples program managers could plan for ultimate adventures; these activities are demanding and for many you must consult the Varsity Scout Features pamphlets for information, safety and consultant needs. Since there are no set requirements for the activity pins, the team captain determines what the participation requirements are within the high-adventure/sports event:

Backpacking

Sharpen skills, make equipment, start conditioning, and conduct preplanning. A backpacking trip could be at Philmont, or a trail such as the Appalachian trail. Team members could earn the 50 Miler Award, the Leave No Trace award, or the Backpacking or Hiking merit badge.

Basketball

Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the Sports merit badge.

Bowling

Bowling is a good cold-weather alternative. Join a league or hold a tournament; earn the Engineering or Sports merit badge for advancement.

Canoe camping

Plan an extended canoe camping; learn and demonstrate BSA Safety Afloat; earn the 50 Miler Award, the Leave No Trace award, and the Canoeing or the Sports merit badge.

Caving

Cover the material in the Caving program feature. Conduct a caving activity. Earn the Geology merit badge for advancement.

Cross-country skiing

Cover the material in the Cross-country skiing program feature. Organize a tour race or cross-country skiing adventure. Earn the Snow Sports merit badge.

Cycling

Plan a long-term cycling tour or a tournament, including conditioning and bike inspections. There are many outside consultants that could provide expertise. Earn the Cycling or Sports merit badge.

Discovering America

This is a wild-card activity. It allows teams to brainstorm for an adventure: A hobby adventure, a trip to another country, a special citizenship project to aid a group of people, or working on a cattle ranch.

Fishing

Cover basic instruction for fishing; learn to tie fly lures; hold a bait or fly casting tournament. Make this the focus of a high-adventure. Earn the Fishing, Fly Fishing or Sports merit badge.

Freestyle biking

Cover the Freestyle biking program feature. Stage a freestyle biking competition.

Frontiersman

Learn about all aspects of the mountain men that explored the western frontiers in the early 19th century. Earn the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

Mechanics

Team may follow the Mechanic's program feature. Activities may require an outside consultant. Activities could include earning the Traffic Safety and the Auto Mechanics merit badges.

Operation On-target

This program is mainly for Varsity Scouts, but also includes Venturers and older Boy Scouts. Operation On-target gives the team the opportunity to learn about signaling with mirrors and exposes them to radio communications, movie-making equipment, photography, and other subjects. Supporting advancement activities could include earning the Radio or Photography merit badges.

There are two pins available, a V-shaped pin for the first participation and another for each attendance thereafter.

Orienteering

Cover the material in the Orienteering program feature. Plan a challenging orienteering activity. Earn the Orienteering merit badge.

Rock climbing and rappelling

This can be one of the most challenging adventures. Teams need the help of a qualified instructor and must follow Climb On Safely procedures. Advancement activities may include earning the Climbing merit badge.

Roller hockey

Cover the material in the Roller hockey program feature. Advancement activities may include earning the Skating or Sports merit badge.

Shooting sports

Cover the material in the Shooting spots program feature; a qualified instructor is a must. Plan a high-adventure outing or hold a tournament. Advancement activities may include earning the Shotgun Shooting, Rifle Shooting, Archery and Sports merit badges.

Snow camping

Cover the material in the snow camping program feature. Conduct a snow camping activity, hold a Klondike Derby or hike. Advancement activities could include earning the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.

Soccer

Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the Sports merit badge.

Softball

Teams may join a league for a season (at least three months) or play other Varsity Scouts. An advancement activity could be earning the Sports merit badge.

Survival

Teams may go beyond what is learned in the Wilderness Survival merit badge. This adventure should be to work together with members of the team to solve problems and live in harmony with one another. Support activities may include having the team take an American Red Cross wilderness first aid course.

Swimming

This activity may include swimming skills such as earning the Swimming or Lifesaving merit badges, or include earning BSA Lifeguard but this activity focuses on the skills of competitive swimming and endurance such the Mile Swim BSA or a swimming meet for the Sports merit badge.

Tennis

Cover the material in the tennis program feature; hold a tennis tournament. An advancement activity could be earning the Sports merit badge.

Triathlon

These long-distance competitions consist of three phases, usually bicycling, swimming and running. Winter variations could consist of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing ad speed skating. Advancement activities could include have the team earn the Personal Fitness, Athletics, Sports, Cycling, Skating or Snow Sports merit badge.

Volleyball

Cover the material in the volleyball program feature. Plan a volleyball activity with other as a coed event or with other Varsity Scouts, or participate in a volleyball league. An advancement activity could be earning the Sports merit badge.

Waterskiing

Find a qualified instructor to coach the team for this activity. Support activities could include learning and demonstrating BSA Safety Afloat and conducting a safety session for a Boy Scout troop. Advancement activities could earn the Water Sports or Sports merit badges.

Whitewater canoeing

Cover the material in the whitewater program feature. An ultimate adventure could be planning a trip down a whitewater river. Advancement activities could include earning the Whitewater merit badge and learning and demonstrating BSA Safety Afloat.

Source: 2000 Varsity Scout Guidebook (34827A)


Help with these requirements

  • Varsity Team Program Features Pamphlets No. 1, 2, 3 (34837, 34838, 34839)


External links

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