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{{quote-source|The advancement committee should become familiar with Venturing recognition and assist those crews that choose to pursue Venturing advancement.
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'''Advancement in Venturing''' is not a single, simple path like advancement in the [[Boy Scouting|Boy Scout]] program. It contains a main branch of five [[Venturing Bronze Award|bronze award]]s, the [[Venturing Gold Award|Gold Award]], and the [[Venturing Silver Award|Silver Award]], the highest award in Venturing. The program also offers "Expert-level" awards: the [[Ranger Award]], the [[Quest Award]], and the [[TRUST Award]], all of which are expansions and 'sequels' to a particular bronze award. There is also an advancement path specifically for [[Sea Scouting|Sea Scouts]] which leads to its highest award, the [[Quartermaster Award]].
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The [[Venturing advancement]] program is available to all youth Venturing members of the [[BSA]]. Its purpose is to
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Venturers may advance along the Boy Scout Eagle trail [[Boy Scouting Rank Advancement for Venturers|under certain conditions]].
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* Provide a pathway for personal development.
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* Encourage Venturers to learn, grow, and serve.
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* Recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers who acquire Venturing skills.
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* Identify trained and highly motivated Venturers who will be a training, leadership, and program resource for other [[Venturers]], [[Boy Scouts]], [[Cub Scouts]], organizations, and the community.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, pp. 36-38)}}
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==Venturing advancement==
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{{quote-source|;The Venturing Advancement track includes the [[Venturing Bronze Award|Bronze]], [[Venturing Gold Award|Gold]], and [[Venturing Silver Award|Silver]] awards.
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Venturers may earn the Bronze, Gold, or Silver awards. Criteria for these awards can be found in the Venturing ''Silver Award Guidebook''. Venturers may earn any or all of the five different Bronze awards; however, only one is required for the Gold Award. The Gold and Silver awards require a crew review process.
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Venturers may also earn the Ranger Award, TRUST Award and the Quest Award. These awards requires no crew review.
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'''[[Bronze]].''' The introduction to specific Venturing skills. Venturers may earn one or more of the five [[Venturing Bronze Award|Bronze award]]s: [[Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award|Arts and Hobbies]], [[Sports Bronze Award|Sports]], [[Sea Scout Bronze Award|Sea Scout]], [[Outdoor Bronze Award|Outdoor]], or [[Religious and Community Life Bronze Award|Youth Ministries]]. One Bronze is required for [[Venturing Gold Award|Gold]].
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All work on all Venturing advancement must be completed prior to the young person's 21st birthday.
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'''[[Gold]]'''. Intermediate level requiring at least 12 months' tenure and work. Requirements are based on three areas: personal development, service, and leadership. [[Venturing Gold Award|Gold]] requires a pre-approved plan of action and a crew review board consisting of youth and adults conducted by the [[crew president]]. It is appropriate to present the award at a [[court of honor]]. Gold is required for [[Venturing Silver Award|Silver]].
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''Source: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999''
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'''Silver'''. This is the highest award for Venturers. In addition to earning a Bronze and Gold Award, Venturers do additional work in the areas of leadership, emergency preparedness, and ethics. [[Venturing Silver Award|Silver]] requires a pre-approved plan of action and a [[board of review]].|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, pp. 36-38)}}
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===Basic advancement system===
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{{quote-source|'''The Venturing awards include [[Ranger]], [[Quest]], and [[TRUST]] awards''':
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====Bronze awards====
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'''[[Ranger]]'''. The [[Ranger Award]] is an additional award/growth opportunity based on outdoor/high adventure requirements. A Venturer must complete eight requirements and at least four of 18 electives. The Outdoor Bronze Award is half of Ranger. There is no [[board of review]].
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There are five Bronze Awards. They can be earned in any order or concurrently, like [[Merit Badges|merit badges]] in the [[Boy Scouting]] program. Three bronze (Outdoor, Religious and Community Life, and Sports) are part of an expert-level award, meaning three expert-level awards build from a bronze award. Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award is not part of an expert-level award; Sea Scout Bronze Award may lead to the Quartermaster Award, but the Venturer must be a member of a Sea Scout ship.
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Earning one Bronze Award is required in order to earn the Gold Award.
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'''[[Quest]].''' The [[Quest Award]] is based on fitness and sports. A venturer must complete five core requirements and at least one of the five electives. There is no [[board of review]]. The Sports Bronze Award is the first requirement.
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'''[[TRUST]]'''. The [[TRUST Award]] will help Venturers learn about themselves, their communities, and their religion and culture, as well as those of others. They must complete five areas of requirements with the support of a religious leader in their community.
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====Gold Award====
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It is appropriate to present these awards at a court of honor or Eagle/Silver banquet, and to recognize them in local and school newspapers.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, pp. 36-38)}}
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Building upon lessons and skill learned in earning one or more bronze awards, the Gold Award is the construction and completion of personal goals. The gold Award is designed to recognize significant accomplishment in a Venturer's life as he or she has proven outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities.
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====Silver Award====
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{{quote-source|'''Sea Scout advancement includes Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster''':
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Developing from the precepts of the Gold Award, the Silver Award is the highest advancement award in Venturing. The Silver Award focuses on the three principles of leadership, ethics, and emergency preparedness. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for personal development; encourage Venturers to learn, grow, and serve; and recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers who acquire Venturing skills.
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===Expert-level awards===
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'''[[Apprentice]]'''. The first step of the [[Sea Scouting|Sea Scout]] advancement program involves youth who are members of Sea Scouting and have learned the Sea Scout Promise and the Venturing Code and are active with a ship. They learn about seamanship, it's safety and customs, swimming, and working with ships as a crew member.
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Expert-level awards recognize Venturers who have attained in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of outdoorsmanship, religious and community life, or sports.
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====Ranger Award====
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'''[[Ordinary]]'''. The next step involves being active with the ship, explaining the Sea Scout emblem, understanding the history of the U. S. flag, participating in regular meetings, and learning special skills on the operation of boats, marlinspike seamanship techniques, yacht racing procedures, sailing abilities, ornamental rope work, and engine maintenance.
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The Venturing Ranger Award builds directly on the [[Outdoor Bronze Award]].
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The purpose of the award is to encourage Venturers to achieve a high level of outdoor skills proficiency; recognize achievement of this high level of outdoor skills proficiency; provide a path for outdoor/high-adventure skills training; and establish Rangers as a highly trained leadership resource for crews, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the community.
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'''[[Able]]'''. This step involves the Scout in ship ceremonies, etiquette in boarding boats, ship participating, sharing of experiences with other youth, and showing proficiency in a variety of watercraft specialties.
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====TRUST Award====
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'''[[Quartermaster]]'''. In addition to earning the above Sea Scout awards, the [[Quartermaster Award|Quartermaster]] candidate must write and submit a paper on how their ship can contribute to the world fellowship of Scouting, be an active member of their ship, develop and conduct a service project and conduct a service project helpful to others, and show specialty skills in boating and marlinspike seamanship.
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The Venturing TRUST Award builds directly on the [[Religious and Community Life Bronze Award]].
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This award focuses chiefly 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. Once earned, the Venturer will be recognized as not only one who understands others, but who also looks out for them and their needs.
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The [[Quartermaster]] rank/growth opportunity for Sea Scouts is based on seamanship skills. It requires a preapproval plan of action and a board of review. The Sea Scouting Bronze is half of Quartermaster.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, pp. 36-38)}}
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The Venturing Quest Award builds directly on the [[Sports Bronze Award]].
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It focuses on the traditions of sportsmanship and lifelong fitness. By teaching about non-traditional sports, this award allows Venturers to learn skills and fitness techniques they might never have a chance to encounter before.
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==Past Credit==
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{{quote-source|All requirements for all awards require [[Venturers]] to do work as Venturers. As an example, they may have earned the [[Backpacking]] merit badge as a [[Boy Scout]], but must do all that is required in the [[Ranger]] backpacking elective while registered as a Venturer. Some requirements may require some type of certification such as Scuba Open-Water Diver, American Red Cross Standard First Aid, or [[BSA Lifeguard]]. This certification may be used regardless of when it was earned as long as the certification is still current.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 38)}}
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==Sea Scouting advancement==
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==Multiple Credit==
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{{quote-source|Venturers may receive multiple credit for requirements in Venturing, such as using an American Red Cross Emergency Response course for credit in the [[Ranger]] first aid core requirement, first aid elective, Life saver elective, and the Silver Emergency Preparedness requirement. However, Venturers may not receive multiple credit when required to do a tabletop display or presentation. These must be done for each requirement that requires one. Qualified members who are working on [[Boy Scout]] advancement may receive credit for work toward [[Boy Scout advancement]] and Venturing advancement. An example would be getting dual credit for hikes for the [[Backpacking]] merit badge and for the [[Ranger]] backpacking elective, or for a conservation project required in Boy Scouts and in Venturing.
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Sea Scout advancements are approved by the ship's quarterdeck. In the case of the Quartermaster Award, the application is reviewed by the ship's committee with a member of the district advancement committee as chairman. Since the Quartermaster award is a Venturing recognition, it may be earned by any young man or young woman registered as a Venturer up to his or her 21st birthday.
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Scouts who earn the [[First Class]] rank while a registered member of a [[Boy Scout]] [[troop]] or [[Varsity]] [[team]] may elect to continue working toward [[Eagle]] as a registered member in the Boy Scout troop or a registered member in a Venturing crew, or while retaining dual membership registration in both a troop/team and a Venturing crew. Whichever registration status a boy elects, both [[Scoutmaster]] and [[crew Advisor]] need to confirm which adult leader the boy plans to have oversee his advancement process toward the rank of Eagle. That selected adult leader needs to be fully cognizant of the [[12 steps from Life to Eagle]] (see description in this manual), the timeline requirements of certain [[merit badges]] required for Eagle (see the current edition of Boy Scout Requirements), and the requirements of the [[Eagle Scout leadership service project]] (see reference in this manual).
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''Source: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999''
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Position of responsibility requirements may be met by the Venturer serving as [[president]], [[vice president]], [[secretary]], or [[treasurer]] in his [[crew]], or as [[boatswain]], [[boatswain’s mate]], [[yeoman]], [[purser]], or [[storekeeper]] in his [[ship]].
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The [[Scoutmaster conference]] will be conducted by the [[Advisor]] or [[Skipper]].
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As the Venturer meets the requirements for the [[Star]] and [[Life]] ranks, a [[board of review]] is conducted by the [[crew]] or [[ship]] committee. The [[Eagle]] board of review follows the procedure established by the [[local council]].
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Any male Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the [[First Class]] rank as a [[Boy Scouting|Boy Scouting]] in a [[troop]] or [[Varsity Scouting|Varsity Scouting]] in a [[team]] may continue advancement toward the Star, Life, and [Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.
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''Source: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999''
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Sea Scout advancements are approved by the ship’s quarterdeck. In the case of the [[Quartermaster Award]], the application is reviewed by the ship’s committee with a member of the district advancement committee as chairman.
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'''Since the Quartermaster Award is a Venturing recognition, it may be earned by any young man or young woman registered as a Venturer.'''
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==See also==
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All work on all Venturing advancement must be completed prior to the young person’s 21st birthday.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 38)}}
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*[[What is Advancement?]]
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Venturing advancement diagram. Graphically displays the Silver Award path, expert-level award paths, the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award path, and the Eagle Scout trail for eligible males.
Venturing advancement diagram. Graphically displays the Silver Award path, expert-level award paths, the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award path, and the Eagle Scout trail for eligible males.

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The advancement committee should become familiar with Venturing recognition and assist those crews that choose to pursue Venturing advancement.

The Venturing advancement program is available to all youth Venturing members of the BSA. Its purpose is to

  • Provide a pathway for personal development.
  • Encourage Venturers to learn, grow, and serve.
  • Recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers who acquire Venturing skills.
  • Identify trained and highly motivated Venturers who will be a training, leadership, and program resource for other Venturers, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, organizations, and the community.
Advancement Policies #33088, pp. 36-38)
 ;The Venturing Advancement track includes the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards.

Bronze. The introduction to specific Venturing skills. Venturers may earn one or more of the five Bronze awards: Arts and Hobbies, Sports, Sea Scout, Outdoor, or Youth Ministries. One Bronze is required for Gold.

Gold. Intermediate level requiring at least 12 months' tenure and work. Requirements are based on three areas: personal development, service, and leadership. Gold requires a pre-approved plan of action and a crew review board consisting of youth and adults conducted by the crew president. It is appropriate to present the award at a court of honor. Gold is required for Silver.

Silver. This is the highest award for Venturers. In addition to earning a Bronze and Gold Award, Venturers do additional work in the areas of leadership, emergency preparedness, and ethics. Silver requires a pre-approved plan of action and a board of review.

Advancement Policies #33088, pp. 36-38)
The Venturing awards include Ranger, Quest, and TRUST awards:

Ranger. The Ranger Award is an additional award/growth opportunity based on outdoor/high adventure requirements. A Venturer must complete eight requirements and at least four of 18 electives. The Outdoor Bronze Award is half of Ranger. There is no board of review.

Quest. The Quest Award is based on fitness and sports. A venturer must complete five core requirements and at least one of the five electives. There is no board of review. The Sports Bronze Award is the first requirement.

TRUST. The TRUST Award will help Venturers learn about themselves, their communities, and their religion and culture, as well as those of others. They must complete five areas of requirements with the support of a religious leader in their community.

It is appropriate to present these awards at a court of honor or Eagle/Silver banquet, and to recognize them in local and school newspapers.

Advancement Policies #33088, pp. 36-38)
Sea Scout advancement includes Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster:

Apprentice. The first step of the Sea Scout advancement program involves youth who are members of Sea Scouting and have learned the Sea Scout Promise and the Venturing Code and are active with a ship. They learn about seamanship, it's safety and customs, swimming, and working with ships as a crew member.

Ordinary. The next step involves being active with the ship, explaining the Sea Scout emblem, understanding the history of the U. S. flag, participating in regular meetings, and learning special skills on the operation of boats, marlinspike seamanship techniques, yacht racing procedures, sailing abilities, ornamental rope work, and engine maintenance.

Able. This step involves the Scout in ship ceremonies, etiquette in boarding boats, ship participating, sharing of experiences with other youth, and showing proficiency in a variety of watercraft specialties.

Quartermaster. In addition to earning the above Sea Scout awards, the Quartermaster candidate must write and submit a paper on how their ship can contribute to the world fellowship of Scouting, be an active member of their ship, develop and conduct a service project and conduct a service project helpful to others, and show specialty skills in boating and marlinspike seamanship.

The Quartermaster rank/growth opportunity for Sea Scouts is based on seamanship skills. It requires a preapproval plan of action and a board of review. The Sea Scouting Bronze is half of Quartermaster.

Advancement Policies #33088, pp. 36-38)

Past Credit

All requirements for all awards require Venturers to do work as Venturers. As an example, they may have earned the Backpacking merit badge as a Boy Scout, but must do all that is required in the Ranger backpacking elective while registered as a Venturer. Some requirements may require some type of certification such as Scuba Open-Water Diver, American Red Cross Standard First Aid, or BSA Lifeguard. This certification may be used regardless of when it was earned as long as the certification is still current.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 38)

Multiple Credit

Venturers may receive multiple credit for requirements in Venturing, such as using an American Red Cross Emergency Response course for credit in the Ranger first aid core requirement, first aid elective, Life saver elective, and the Silver Emergency Preparedness requirement. However, Venturers may not receive multiple credit when required to do a tabletop display or presentation. These must be done for each requirement that requires one. Qualified members who are working on Boy Scout advancement may receive credit for work toward Boy Scout advancement and Venturing advancement. An example would be getting dual credit for hikes for the Backpacking merit badge and for the Ranger backpacking elective, or for a conservation project required in Boy Scouts and in Venturing.

Scouts who earn the First Class rank while a registered member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity team may elect to continue working toward Eagle as a registered member in the Boy Scout troop or a registered member in a Venturing crew, or while retaining dual membership registration in both a troop/team and a Venturing crew. Whichever registration status a boy elects, both Scoutmaster and crew Advisor need to confirm which adult leader the boy plans to have oversee his advancement process toward the rank of Eagle. That selected adult leader needs to be fully cognizant of the 12 steps from Life to Eagle (see description in this manual), the timeline requirements of certain merit badges required for Eagle (see the current edition of Boy Scout Requirements), and the requirements of the Eagle Scout leadership service project (see reference in this manual).

Position of responsibility requirements may be met by the Venturer serving as president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer in his crew, or as boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, or storekeeper in his ship.

The Scoutmaster conference will be conducted by the Advisor or Skipper.

As the Venturer meets the requirements for the Star and Life ranks, a board of review is conducted by the crew or ship committee. The Eagle board of review follows the procedure established by the local council.

Sea Scout advancements are approved by the ship’s quarterdeck. In the case of the Quartermaster Award, the application is reviewed by the ship’s committee with a member of the district advancement committee as chairman.

Since the Quartermaster Award is a Venturing recognition, it may be earned by any young man or young woman registered as a Venturer.

All work on all Venturing advancement must be completed prior to the young person’s 21st birthday.

Advancement Policies #33088, p. 38)


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