Venturing Awards Programs

One of the strengths of the Venturing program is its ability to meet the interests of all Venturers. Sometimes Venturers like to investigate new, different areas. Variety in a crew always seems to make it more fun to go to meetings and outings. Also, Venturers probably have many interests or would like to have more. Because of that desire, and to provide a pathway to many different experiences, the Venturing awards program is offered.

The Venturing awards program is available to all Venturing youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for personal development; encourage Venturers to learn, grow, and serve; and recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers who acquire Venturing skills.

Venturing Areas of Emphasis

The four areas of emphasis in Venturing are known as the ALPS model:

  • Adventure. Mentoring, leading, and participating in crew-led adventures.
  • Leadership. Ongoing leadership development through training, mentoring, and hands-on leadership.
  • Personal Growth. Goal-setting in support of personal growth.
  • Service. Leading and participating in community service.

Each requirement for the Venturing advancement awards falls under one of these areas of emphasis.

The purpose of the Venturing awards program is to provide a pathway for accomplishment in the ALPS model. Advancement is accomplished when an active program emphasizes it and pays attention to the four steps in the process: preparation, learning, qualification, and recognition.

Four awards make up the Venturing advancement track: Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit.

There are other awards not part of the advancement program are also described below. Venturers must complete award requirements before their 21st birthday.

Unless otherwise stated, Venturers may work on requirements for the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit awards, and other Venturing recognitions at any time after joining a crew. Requirements for an award may be completed even if the preceding award has not been fully earned, but the Advisor conferences and boards of review must be done in order.