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MeritBadge.Org offers Venturing resources for the Bronze, Gold, Silver,
Ranger, Quest, and TRUST Awards with cross-references for related Venturing Awards.

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Venturing is for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or be 14 years of age and not yet 21. The year-round program provides positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

Sea Scouting
Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers.


Venturing awards
Honor Awards

Qualified male Venturers who have achieved First Class as a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout may earn all Boy Scout awards and Merit Badges until their 18th birthday.

List of all Scouting Awards


Scouting news
  • Dec 2013: Venturing awards will be changed around the time of the BSA National Annual Meeting in May 2014. From then on, Venturing members may begin working on the new awards. The old awards will be discontinued Dec 31, 2014. 2014 Venturing Program Change Overview
  • September 9: Little Sioux Scout Ranch, Scouts and Leaders involved in the tornado tragedy received new award from the state of Nebraska. Full Story


August dates
August 1-9, 1907Robert Baden-Powell holds the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island. He began setting camp up on July 29, 1907.

August 6, 1900William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, the father of American Scouting, is born in Denmark.

August 21, 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred becomes the first Eagle Scout in the history of Boy Scouts of America.
Venturing Advancement

Venturing awards will begin to officially change around the time of the BSA National Annual Meeting, May 21-23, 2014. After that, Venturers may begin using the new awards. The current (soon to be old) awards will be discontinued Dec 31, 2014. Current Venturers, regardless of their current achievement level, should begin with level 2, the Discovery award. New Venturers should begin with level 1, the Venturing award. The awards are divided into four areas, Adventure, Leadership, Service, Personal Growth.

Old Awards

Venturing members must have earned these awards by Dec 31, 2014, at which point they will be discontinued.

Venturing Bronze Awards

Venturing Gold Award
Venturing Silver Award

Expert-level awards:

Sea Scouting
Scouter Awards

New Awards

Venturing members may begin working on these new awards (after they are formally released around the time of the BSA National Annual Meeting, May 21-23, 2014.

  • Level 1 -- Venturing Award The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. At this level, the new crew member makes their commitment to join and move forward into the experience of Venturing.
  • Level 2 -- 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.
  • Level 3 -- 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.
  • Level 4 -- 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.


Safe Scouting

 

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Scouts who earn the Swimming merit badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Required for the Eagle Scout Rank, the Swimming merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges created in 1911.


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