Venturing Program

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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.
Prior participation in Boy Scouting or Varsity Scouting is not required.
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.



In accordance to the BSA's "One Movement, One Oath, One Law" declaration, as of 2014, Venturers will learn and live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

Scout Oath

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.

See Also

Scout Law

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.

Venturing Motto

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
  • Recognition
  • Adult Association
  • The Ideals
  • Group Identity
  • Service

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.

Expert-level awards

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.

Other awards

Unit Awards

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

List of all Scouting Awards

Adult Leader Training

Adult leaders take part in:

Sea Scouting

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.


From: Wikipedia article: Venturing

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.[3]

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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