| The Venturing Summit Award is the highest program-level award in Venturing replacing in 2014 the Venturing Silver Award.|
For the BSA's national high adventure base located in West Virginia, see the The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Venturing program level IV award.
Award Focus: Mentoring
The Summit Award is the fourth Venturing program level 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.
After completion of the Summit Award, a medal and a knot is awarded that is worn above the left pocket of the uniform for daily wear. This award may be awarded at a crew recognition ceremony (similar to a Boy Scout Court of Honor), organized by the youth Vice President - Administration. This award may be presented more than once; it may be awarded again at a school or other venues to promote awareness within the community.
- Award key points
- Fully realized skills and leadership
- Focus is:
- Mentorship of other crew members
- Capstone service project
- Goal approach: Longer horizon, larger life impact
- Award intended outcomes
- Mentoring and coaching skills training
- Mentor a crew member in planning and leadership of crew activity
- Serve in elected leadership position for six months
- Lead the delivery of small-group management skills and training
- Complete advanced leadership training
- Plan, develop, and give leadership to community service project
- Complete goal development and planning for all realms of personal growth
- Create personal code of conduct for review by peers and adult advisors
- Lead and guide ethical controversy and conflict resolution discussion with crew
Summit Award requirements
|Venturing Summit Award|
1. Summit Award medal is pinned just
above the seam of the left pocket.
2. Knot is placed above the left pocket.
Uniform and Level Award Insignia
Award are embroidered patches worn on the left pocket of the Venturing field uniform. Summit Award medal is pinned just above the seam of the left pocket. The Summit knot is placed above the left pocket.
Male Venturers may wear his Boy Scout Eagle knot above the left pocket. Boy Scout rank patches cannot be simultaneously worn with the Venturing level award patches.
Venturing has an emphasis on group identity method and Venturers are encouraged but not required to wear the Venturing uniform. A crew is encouraged to develop a distinctive, common identity that represents their crew and its interests. The green shirt and gray shorts/pants may serve that purpose for the crew, and is encouraged as an option. Consistent with past practice, the Venturing field uniform is expected for participation in some council, area, region, and national Venturing events.
- Program level awards may be earned after May 2014.
- Applying for past credit: If a registered Venturer has completed a Summit Award requirement, as written, prior to June 1, 2014, he or she may receive credit for requirements 1, 4, and 8. The "Since earning the Pathfinder Award" portion of requirement 4a will be waived for Venturers who completed these requirements prior to June 1, 2014. All other requirements must be complete after June 1, 2014.
- Development of Faith, Development of Self, and Development of Others: These are not separate awards but are the setting of goals within the realms of exploration in the areas of faith, self, and others. Over his or her time in the program, a Venturer carries out a reflection in each of those areas and uses what was learned through the reflection to set and achieve a goal exploring each of those areas. This is an requirement of describing the reflection process and offering examples of setting and attaining goals, and is described in the Venturer and Advisor handbooks.
- Summit Board of Review: See link - will be conducted according to the BSA Guide to Advancement.
- Expert-level awards
Online Training will be available for Personal Reflections, Goal Setting, Time Management, Project Management, and Mentoring. They are included in the requirements for the program level awards.
- Program Updates - 2014 and Beyond page on the BSA scouting.org site.
- Venturing Awards page on the BSA scouting.org site.