Venturing Awards and Recognition

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and under 21 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing Recognition Awards

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  • Venturing Award: The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. At this stage, the new crew member makes their commitment to join and move forward into the experience of Venturing. 
  • Discovery Award: The adventure of participating with the crew unfolds, and each Venturer begins to discover his or her interests and talents. As the Discovery Award recipients develop new skills and competencies, their eyes are opened and the world expands for them. 
  • Pathfinder Award: The Venturering Scout's capabilities and skills expand, and with them come increased responsibility for defining their own way forward in life, service to others and formal planning and leadership of the crew toward its goals.
  • Summit Award: The highest award of Venturing, the Summit Award, goes to those Venturers who have matured in their personal direction, skills, and life competencies, and who have accepted the responsibility to mentor others and serve their communities in a lasting way. 
  • Ranger: Encourages Venturers to achieve a high level of outdoor skills proficiency and provides a path for outdoor/high-adventure skills training and establish Rangers as a highly trained leadership resource within the Council.
  • Quest Award: Venturers will learn more about what makes up a nutritional diet as well as design their own personal exercise plans based upon lifestyle, fitness levels, and desires for a healthy and long life. Hopefully this program will introduce Venturers to a sport or sports that they will enjoy the rest of their life.
  • TRUST Award: Venturers will learn more about themselves, their communities, their religion and culture, as well as those of others.
  • Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award:

Eagle Scout Award

A male Venturer who has achieved the rank of First Class while in a Boy Scout in a troop or as a Varsity Scout in a team may continue working toward the Eagle Scout rank as a Venturer until his 18th birthday. There is no alternate advancement route within Venturing to qualify for the Eagle Scout rank. The requirements for rank advancement towards Eagle Scout within a Venturer Crew are the same as for Boy Scouts in a Troop. The Venturer may fulfill the requirements for "positions of responsibility" by serving as president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer of his crew.  The Scoutmaster conference will be conducted by the crew advisor. As a Venturer meets the requirements for Star and Life ranks, a board of review is conducted by the crew committee. The Eagle Scout board of review follows the procedure established by the district advancement committee.

Special Opportunities for Venturers

Leadership Awards

Hiking Awards

Service, Conservation and Scoutcraft Emblems

Aquatic Emblems

Other Awards and Emblems