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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.

Scouting news
  • Nov 2015: New NYLT patch, Trained patch available to youth now as well as adults

November dates
November 9, 1992William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, the father of American Scouting, dies in America.

Each program level award is divided into four areas, Adventure, Leadership, Service, Personal Growth.

Program Level Awards (new)

  • Venturing Award -- Level 1: 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.
  • Discovery Award -- Level 2: 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.
  • Pathfinder Award -- Level 3: 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.
  • Summit Award -- Level 4: 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.

Expert-level Awards

  • Quest Award -- Focuses on the traditions of sportsmanship and lifelong fitness.
  • TRUST Award -- Focuses on the principles of religion, community, and tolerance; its purpose is to provide a pathway for personal development in the forms of service and devotion to God.
  • Ranger Award -- High-level outdoor/high adventure skills advancement program, training for the skills of an elite outdoorsman.

Other Awards

See also:
Sea Scouting
Scouter Awards

Safe Scouting

Advancement support


Selected article
Quiz Time! These articles give the surprising answers to common questions:
General: When are you in Uniform? Is the uniform ever required?
Cub Scouts: What is a Denner? Why is he so important?
Boy Scouts: When is a Scout Active? What is Scout Spirit?
Varsity Scouts: What is the Denali Award? Can Varsity Scouts earn merit badges?
Venturing: What is the TRUST Award? Can Venturers earn merit badges?
Merit Badges: Who signs a Blue Card? (Have you seen the online version?)
Belt Loops: Who can earn Belt Loops? Can you earn them more than once?

Selected image
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt (1900–1992), left, and his mentor Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); the two men with the largest impact on the founding and development of the Boy Scouts of America. This photo was taken outside of the Hillcourt cottage at Schiff Scout Reservation, Mendham, New Jersey, on July 15, 1935. Portals
Boy Scout Cub Scout Leader Webelos Den Leader Venturing Varsity Scout

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