Venturing Leadership Award

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Venturing Leadership Award (VLA)

VLA Council, Area, Region, National (l-r) awards ribbons
and square knot cloth emblem (bottom)
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Level:Venturers and Venturing Advisors

The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers and Venturing Advisors who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Council Award is administered by each Council. The Area, Region, and National awards are selected by a task force of youth from the respective tier and are processed by the National office and shipped to the appropriate persons for presentation.

Quota Restrictions

  • Councils (no restrictions).
  • Areas may present 12 awards per year.
  • Regions may present 12 awards per year.
  • National may present 12 awards per year.

Venturing Leadership Award requirements

  • Be registered and involved as a Venturer or Venturing leader for at least one year
  • Hold a leadership position or an office at the unit, district, council, area, region, or national level (as appropriate for the level of the award presented)
  • Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers (on the level appropriate for the award)

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  • The nomination form linked below must be used for council, area, region, and national Venturing Leadership Award consideration.
  • The nomination forms must be submitted by the following deadlines:
    • Council: Dates are set by the local council
    • Area: Dates are set by the area (see pages 23-29 of the Venturing Standard Operating Procedures Adobe Acrobat PDF for guidelines and details)
    • Region: January 31
    • National: January 15
  • The nomination forms must be submitted to the following locations:
  • Attach letters of recommendation from Venturers, Scouters, acquaintances, teachers, place of worship, etc.
  • Youth nominations may be submitted for up to one year past the youth's 21st birthday.


Venturing Leadership Award square knot cloth emblem(SKU: No. 14220)
Venturing Leadership Award square knot cloth emblem
(SKU: No. 14220)
  • Council: Medallion suspended from blue and white ribbon, No. 4220; Certificate, No. 33662; Knot, No. 14220
  • Area: Medallion suspended from gray and white ribbon, No. 614296; Certificate, No. 33662; Knot, No. 14220
  • Region: Medallion suspended from green and white ribbon, No. 606782; Certificate, No. 33662; Knot, No. 14220
  • National: Medallion suspended from red and white ribbon, No. 4222; Certificate, No. 33662; Knot, No. 14220

Reporting and Obtaining Awards

Councils, areas, and regions must send in a list of Venturing Leadership Award recipients each year so the National VLA database can be updated and certificates produced. Please use this form to submit the names and email it to [email protected].

Nomination form

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