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Particulars for the Summit Award

The Venturing Summit Award board of review must consist of at least five, but no more than six, members. At least one half of the members, excluding the chair, must be Venturers currently participating in the program. The composition of the board shall be as follows:


The chair shall be an adult at least 21 years of age who is a Venturing-certified* member of the local council or district advancement committee or their designated Venturing-certified representative. He or she is selected according to local council practices.

Venturer membership:

The board of review shall include at least two Venturers, at least one of whom shall be from the candidate’s crew. Other Venturing members of the board of review should be selected from the following list:

• Current holders of the Summit Award or Silver Award

• Venturers who are member of the council, area, or region Venturing Officers Association, or equivalent

• Venturers who currently hold a Venturing elected office

• Eagle Scouts, Sea Scout Quartermasters, or Girl Scout Gold award recipients who are active Venturers.

If the chair determines no Venturer is available who meets one of these qualifications, the crew president may nominate another Venturer from the candidate’s crew to serve on the board of review.

Adult representation:

The board of review shall include at least one adult, in addition to the chair, who is registered with the BSA—preferably in the Summit Award candidate’s crew—and works regularly with the Venturing program at any level.

Community representative:

It is recommended that the board of review also involve at least one well-respected adult representative of the community, who need not be affiliated with the BSA.

The candidate’s crew president and the board of review chair must agree upon the final membership of the board of review. If the candidate is the crew president, the crew’s vice president of administration must be in agreement with the chair. If the chair and crew president (or vice president of administration) cannot agree, the candidate’s crew Advisor will make the final determination, considering the potential members previously discussed by the crew president and chair.

A board of review shall not occur until after the local council has verified the Summit Award application.

The members should convene at least 30 minutes before the scheduled board of review to review the Summit Award application and service project workbook.

Summit Award boards generally last 45 minutes or somewhat longer. This is the highest award a Venturer may achieve; there should be a discussion of the candidate’s successes, experiences, and future plans. It is acceptable for the review to last somewhat longer if the discussions are positive and enjoyable.

The Summit Award candidate may have only one board of review (though it may be adjourned and reconvened). Subsequent action falls under the appeal process. See, “After the Venturing Board of Review,”, “Appealing a Decision,”, “Filing and Processing an Appeal,” and, “Appeal Board Must Research the Case.” In those topics covering Boy Scouting board of review appeals, simply replace the Boy Scouting references with those related to Venturing.

The Summit Award medal or patch must not be sold or otherwise provided to any crew or to the Venturer, nor should the court of honor be scheduled until after the certificate is created at the council service center.

*Becoming Venturing-certified includes studying the Venturing Board of Review Guide, No. 512-940, and completing the Venturing Awards and Requirements Training (when it is released), and developing a basic knowledge of Venturing.

Initiating Summit Award Boards of Review Under Disputed Circumstances

A board of review under disputed circumstances is available for the Venturing Summit Award. Volunteers from the candidate’s crew are not involved. It is indicated when a crew Advisor or committee chair does not sign the application, if a crew Advisor conference is denied, if it is thought a crew will not provide a fair hearing, or if the crew Advisor or project beneficiary refuses to sign final approval for what might be considered a satisfactorily completed service project.

A board of review under disputed circumstances in Venturing is subject to the same policies and procedures as one for an Eagle Scout candidate. See topic, “Initiating Eagle Scout Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances.”

Summit Award Boards of Review Beyond the 21st Birthday

A Summit Award board of review may occur, without special approval, within six months after a Venturer’s 21st birthday. If a board of review is to be held more than six months afterward, the local council must preapprove it. To initiate approval, the candidate, crew Advisor, or a crew committee member attaches to the application a statement explaining the delay.

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