Venturing Gold Award

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Venturing Gold Award has been discontinued. (See Discontinued awards.)
Venturing Gold Award

1. Gold Award medal
2. Gold Award bar
(white ribbon device).
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The Venturing Gold Award builds upon lessons and skill learned in earning one or more Venturing Bronze Award. The main focus of 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.

After completion of the Venturing Gold Award, the medal 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.

The photo to the right shows the:

  1. Venturing Gold Award medal.
  2. The Venturing Gold Award bar device worn above the left pocket of the uniform for daily wear.

Venturers may earn:

Venturing Bronze Awards
Venturing Gold Award
Venturing Silver Award.
Expert-level awards

In addition, four of the five bronze awards fulfill partial requirements for Venturers continuing on and earning expert-level awards:

  • The Sports Bronze Award requirements are part of the Quest Award.
  • The Religious and Community Life Bronze Award part of the TRUST Award.
  • The Outdoor Bronze Award part of the Ranger Award.
  • The Sea Scout Bronze Award is a duplicate of the Sea Scout Ordinary rank requirements, and is necessary on the trail to earning the Quartermaster Award.


Venturing Gold Award requirements

  1. The candidate must have at least 12 months' tenure as an active, registered Venturer before final qualification.
  2. Earn at least one Bronze Award.
  3. The candidate must have been an active member of the Venturing crew, and served in one or a combination of leadership roles within the past 12 months (roles may be concurrent) as follows.
    For leadership roles within the crew, a candidate might be:
    a. A crew officer.
    b. A team leaders' council member or committee member.
    c. An activities chairman for one of the crew's two-day activities or superactivity.
    For leadership roles outside the crew, a candidate might be:
    a. An elected youth officer of a religious or school organization.
    b. An elected or appointed team leader.
  4. The candidate must have participated in a district, council, area, region, or national Venturing event.
  5. The candidate must, in consultation with the crew Advisor or a member of the crew committee, set and accomplish one personal growth goal related to each of the following areas: citizenship, leadership, service to others, community/family, outdoor experience, and total fitness. (Six personal growth goals).
    For personal growth, a candidate might
    a. Complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.
    b. Plan and carry out a personal exercise program over a four-month period, i.e., jogging, running, swimming, weight reduction, or physical conditioning.
    c. Practice for, and attain, the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
    d. Complete a reading program of the scriptures, classic literature, historical series, etc.
    e. Serve for six months as a reading counselor for a child with reading problems.
    f. Visit a nursing home on a regular basis over a four-month period to help write letters or to read to patients or provide personalized services.
  6. The candidate must plan, prepare for, and lead to completion two or more crew activity projects that relate to at least two of the following areas: citizenship, leadership, service to others, community/family, outdoor experience, and total fitness. Suggested crew activity projects are listed separately below. (Two crew activity projects).
    For crew/ship activities, the action should involve at least five Venturers, and it should require a minimum of four to six months from inception to completion; the project should be approved and the goals of the project set by the crew Advisor and/or a member of the crew committee and the Venturer candidate. Both parties should certify the completion of the project(s). Activities should be arranged to fit into normal crew programming. Qualifying crew/ship activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    a. Plan and, with the help of at least four other Venturers, carry out a conservation project that is approved by an agency of the federal, state, or local government, such as the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, state division of parks and recreation, city or county parks department, etc.
    b. Plan and chair a committee that stages a major social activity involving crew members and their parents, or crew members and their entire families.
    c. Plan and carry out a series of crew activities over a four- to six-month period, related to an interest of crew members. Professional or volunteer consultants could be asked to present information regarding their specialty, profession, or occupation.
    d. Help organize a new Venturing crew, or revitalize an inactive crew; coordinate activity with BSA local council staff members.
    e. Organize a recruitment drive to add members to your own crew or to other crews in the district/council. The drive should last at least one month, and the recruitment plan should include specific activities oriented toward recruiting new members, goals, methods of publicity, etc.
  7. The candidate must be able to recite the Venturing Oath. (Oral Venturing Oath presentation made before the Venturing crew).1
  8. The candidate must submit three letters of recommendation to the crew Advisor that confirm he or she lives in accordance with the principles of the Venturing Oath. The letters should come from adults outside the crew, such as school or religious leaders, employers, or community leaders.
  9. After completing all other requirements, the candidate should prepare evidence of completion of the work and submit it to the crew Advisor. The crew president, in conjunction with the crew Advisor, should then appoint a review committee of four to six people including Venturers and adults. The committee should review the candidate's written presentation and interview the candidate to determine whether that person grew as a result of the pursuit of the Gold Award. (Presentation orally and in writing is made before the Venturing crew review committee).2 No district or council review board is required.3
  10. Finally, the candidate must have qualified for the Gold Award before his or her 21st birthday.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Venturer Handbook, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)

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1. Source: Venturing Gold Award Application
2. Source: Venturing Gold Award Application
3. Found only in Source: 1998 (2006 printing) Venturer Leader Manual (34655E)

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