Awards and Key Points

The Venturing awards and recognition programs are designed to help Venturers grow in the areas of adventure, leadership, personal development, and service.

Awards serve as benchmarks that give Venturers a structure for developing their own personal vision into manageable goals that lead to recognition by their peers, mentors, and the larger community.

The Venturing awards program has four levels:

  • All Venturers should earn the Venturing Award soon after formally joining the program.
  • Venturers then proceed by earning the Discovery and Pathfinder awards.
  • Finally, Venturers earn the Summit Award, in which a young person formally serves as a mentor to other Venturers in his or her crew. Venturing is a flexible program, and the awards program is designed to help all Venturers, no matter what their crew specialty, to grow and develop.

Venturing Award

The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. At this level, the new crew member makes a commitment to join and move forward into the experience of Venturing.

Award Focus: Joining

  • Commitment to a new experience
  • BSA training on personal safety

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.

Award Focus: Participation

  • Small-group management skills training
  • Earn first-aid and CPR certifications
  • Goal-setting training
  • Time-management training
  • Minimum of 24 hours of service
  • Establish and achieve at least one personal goal, including peer and advisor review

Pathfinder Award

The Venturer’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.

Award Focus: Leadership

  • Project management training
  • Plan and lead at least one crew activity of one day or longer
  • Serve in elected leadership position for six months or more
  • Experiential training in conflict resolution, communications, group dynamics, cooperation, and ethical controversies • Plan and lead activity to enhance crew sustainability
  • Plan and participate in service of 36 hours or more
  • Establish and achieve two personal 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.

Award Focus: Mentoring

  • Mentoring and coaching skills training
  • Mentor a crew member in planning and leadership of crew activity
  • Serve in elected leadership position for six months
  • Lead the delivery of small-group management skills and training
  • Complete advanced leadership training
  • Plan, develop, and give leadership to community service project
  • Complete goal development and planning for all realms of personal growth
  • Create personal code of conduct for review by peers and adult advisors
  • Lead and guide ethical controversy and conflict resolution discussion with crew