Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. It is available to young men and women under the age of 21 who meet any of the following age/grade qualifications:
- are at least 14 years old
- are 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade.
|The age/grade qualifications (shown above) became effective May 1, 2010. See: Venturing Age/Grade Eligibility Change for a full explanation, including a detailed FAQ. Notably, "This change to eligibility requirements for Venturing is to provide youth (boys and girls) with late birthdays (generally June-September) an opportunity to join a crew with their peer group upon completion of the eighth grade. This adjustment is to provide consistency within our program and remove any unnecessary obstacles to increasing membership as these youth prepare to enter high school with their peers."|
Venturing is program is designed for young adults who are looking for rugged high adventure or challenging sporting activities and still want to be a part of a Scouting program that offers the advancement opportunities and values of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Scout Oath or Promise is a pledge to help our community, our world, and ourselves.
The Scout Oath (or Promise) reads as follows:
|“|| On my honor I will do my best|
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law consists of twelve points intended to guide the behavior and decisions of scouts and scouters. The Scout Law is:
|“||A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.||”|
The Venturing Motto is "Lead the Adventure."
Aims and Methods
The Aims and Methods of Scouting are the purposes for which Scouting tries to instill in its members and the ways it attempts to do so.
The Methods of Venturing
- Leadership and Mentoring
- Group Activities and Adventure
- Adult Association
- The Ideals
- Group Identity
Advancement and recognition
- Main article: Venturing advancement
Beginning June 1, 2014, Venturers may begin using program level awards. The basic advancement awards will be discontinued Dec 31, 2014.
Program level awards
Venturers registered before June 1, 2014 should begin with the Discovery Award regardless of their current achievement level. New Venturers should begin with the Venturing Award.
Venturing Award - Venturing joining requirements.
Discovery Award - Participating in the crew.
Pathfinder Award - Exercising leadership responsiblities.
Summit Award - Mentorship of other crew members.
Awards continue unchanged.
Quest Award - Venturing sports and fitness award.
TRUST Award - Venturing religious and community life award.
Ranger Award - Venturing outdoor skill proficiency award.
Quartermaster Award - Sea Scout seamanship award.
The basic advancement system
Venturing members must have earned these awards by Dec 31, 2014, at which point they will be discontinued.
- Sports Bronze Award
- Religious and Community Life Bronze Award
- Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award
- Outdoor Bronze Award
- Sea Scout Bronze Award
- 50 Miler Award
- Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip
- Boardsailing BSA
- BSA Lifeguard
- Emergency Preparedness Award
- Historic Trails Award
- International Activity Badge
- Interpreter Strip
- International Activity Badge
- Kayaking BSA
- Leave No Trace Award
- Mile Swim BSA
- NOVA Awards
- Physical Fitness Award
- Religious Emblems
- Scuba BSA
- Snorkeling BSA
- Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement
- William T. Hornaday awards
- World Conservation Award
- Honor Awards
Adult Leader Training
Adult leaders take part in:
- New Leader Essentials
- Venturing Advisor Fast Start (E-learning)
- Venturing Fast Start (PDF)
- Youth Protection Training - Must be completed prior to registration
- See Sea Scouting for further information.
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.
The Venturing program has a long history within the BSA. The program got its start in the 1930s as the "Senior Scout" Division for boys 15 and older. The Senior Scout programs included the Sea Scouts, Air Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Rover Scouts and a few others. Explorer Scouts focused on advanced camping and worked on advancement leading to the Ranger Award. Sea Scouts and Air Scouts were nautical and aviation focused programs, respectively.
In 1949, the Senior Scout Division became the Explorer Division. Sea Scouts became Sea Explorers, Air Scouts became Air Explorers, and Explorer Scouts became just Explorers. The Explorer program became less of an advanced outdoor program, and more a broader program for young men, with the minimum age lowered to 14 years old. Explorers got a new advancement program leading to the Silver Award.
In 1959, the Explorer Program was renamed the Exploring program. Explorer advancement was dropped. In 1964, the Air Explorer program was eliminated, and the Sea Explorer program had changes made. The program was further changed to be more appealing to older youth, with career exploration becoming a bigger part of the program.
In 1969, the BSA allowed young women ages 14–20 to join special-interest Explorer posts, which caused many posts to be become co-ed. The continuing focus on career exploration was expanded to a major emphasis, and as the years progressed, Exploring focused more on career exploration posts, though outdoor and sports-oriented Posts still existed and thrived as well.
In the early 1980s, posts that primarily consisted of seminars at high school with guest speakers were designated as Career Awareness Explorer posts. This particular facet of Exploring was the fastest growing segment of Exploring and the BSA during the 1980s. In 1991, these posts were realigned into the new Learning for Life subsidiary, and the posts were then designated as High School Career Awareness groups and the youth were no longer considered to be Explorers.
In 1998, the Exploring program was completely reorganized and split into two program categories. All the career-oriented posts were moved to Learning for Life under the name Exploring, while the rest (including outdoor-oriented posts) became the new Venturing program.
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Youth Venturing advancement slideshow:
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 1 (1.27MB PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 2 (1.36MB PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 3 (738K PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 4 (1.21MB PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 5 (1MB PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 6 (1.4MB PPT).
- Youth Venturing Advancement - Part 7 (750K PPT).