History Highlights: Varsity Scouting 1975 – 2017

Varsity Scouting, an advanced Scouting program for boys ages 14-15, was officially adopted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1984 and officially discontinued in 2017. Following is an historical timeline of Varsity Scouting, 1975 – 2017. 1975 ~ Dr. J.D. Mortensen forms a task force to develop a Scouting Program for […]

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Varsity Blog #3: What I wish I knew as a Varsity Team Coach

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Guilt, however, is not.  As I look back over a seven-year period during which I twice served as either a Varsity Team Coach or an assistant Varsity Team Coach, I can reflect on many of the wonderful experiences and accomplishments of the young men in our team. These included many […]

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Varsity Blog #2: Continuity, Sustainability, and the LDS Scout Unit

Have you ever wondered how to keep a Varsity (or Boy Scouting or Venturing) program running smoothly for long periods of time—years, maybe decades? When I say “running smoothly,” I, of course,mean a program that consistently builds character and leadership within the young men, preparing them for a life of meaningful service. If your experience […]

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Varsity Blog #1: Learn the Varsity Method for LDS Teams—Live the Philmont Dream

“Dad, can we come back here next year? This was the best family vacation ever!” The Philmont Training Center doesn’t claim to be a Disney vacation, but Varsity Scouters and their families discover that even more fun, learning, adventure, and “together time” can happen at the Philmont Training Center (referred to as PTC). And when […]

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Using the Varsity Section of the New LDS Youth Activities Website

Are you a Varsity Coach or team leader?  Did you know there is a section of the new LDS Youth Activities website just for you? You can find the new Varsity Scout activity website at www.LDS.org. Once on the site, choose “Resources” (under Family), then “Youth,” then “Youth Activities” (under Youth Menu), and finally “Scouting,” […]

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