Venture Patrol Letter
| This article is about the Emblem for Venture Patrols.|
For the 'V' emblem awarded to youth and adult Varsity Scouts see Varsity Scout Letter.
|Venture Patrol Letter|
The letter is attached at the bottom front
corner of the merit badge sash.
The letter may also be worn on
the red wool Boy Scout Jac-shirt.
A Venture patrol letter may be earned by Boy Scouts in a who participate in an ultimate activity or sporting activity.
A Venture patrol is an optional patrol within a Boy Scout troop for boys 13 to 17 years old. The Venture patrol's youth leader is the Venture patrol leader. The Venture patrol letter is administered by the Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture. A Venture patrol can be a full-time, part-time, or one-time activity.
Venture patrol letter
The Venture patrol letter is awarded to members of the Venture patrol who participate in an "ultimate activity." Ultimate activities are high-adventure or sports activities that are preceded by training sessions.
Confusion over whether the BSA quietly stopped allowing Venture patrols to earn Venture letters and activity pins persists due to a response to a letter in a 2005 Scouting magazine where the question is asked: "...can boys in a Venture patrol earn the letter available to boys who are members of a Varsity Scout team?". The editor's reply was:
Only Varsity Scouts can earn the program's Varsity letter and Denali Award, although Varsity Scouts also can work toward the Eagle Scout rank and achieve other Scout awards and recognitions.
The response, although technically accurate that Venture patrol members cannot earn a Varsity letter, is misleading in that it omits the fact that Venture patrol members can earn a Venture letter. This is confirmed by the April 17, 2007 Official Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet which specifies the official placement of the Venture letter on the merit badge sash.
(Comment: there is no separate letter at this time, nor has there been one at least as far back as year 2000. Research is ongoing. However, there is no information on HOW a Venture patrol member can earn such a letter. ---Steve Hanson, Austin TX)
Venture patrol activity pins
|— The Boy Scout Handbook (33105), *
The individual pamphlets mentioned were discontinued around 2005, and the verbiage quoted above was no longer in the Handbook (33105) by the tenth printing of the 11th edition, now discontinued. Additionally, there is no mention of the Venture letter in the current 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (#34554/34622 coil). (Edited 4-13-11) It is the opinion of this editor that the letter is no longer to be awarded to a Venture patrol member, unless he is registered as a Varsity Team member.
Remember that a Venture Patrol is NOT part of Venturing and as such cannot wear Venturing Green or Green Shoulder Loops.
Help with these requirements
- Venture/Varsity (1989-present) on the "A History of Senior Scouting Programs in the BSA" site.
- The Venture Patrol Program (40K PPT) on the U.S. Scouting Service Project site.