Venturing Bronze Award

Venturing Sports Bronze Award Requirements

Since I am focusing on soccer this month, I thought this would be a good time to introduce the Venturing Sports Bronze Award. By earning this award, Venturers can learn about fitness, sports safety, and sportsmanship.  This  award especially fits in well with sports teams which have chartered as Venture Crews. It also just provides a good way for Scouts who are also athletes to receive recognition for their efforts.

Venturers who earn this award might want to continue investigating sports and build their skills further by earning the Venturing Quest award.

Sports Bronze Award Requirements

Do any nine of the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate by means of a presentation at a crew meeting, Cub Scout or Boy Scout meeting, or other group meeting that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while playing sports, including:
    1. hypothermia
    2. heatstroke
    3. heat exhaustion
    4. frostbite
    5. dehydration
    6. sunburn
    7. blisters, hyperventilation
    8. bruises
    9. strains
    10. sprains
    11. muscle cramps
    12. broken, chipped, loosened, or knocked-out teeth
    13. bone fractures
    14. nausea
    15. suspected injuries to the back, neck, and head
  2. Do one of the following:
    1. Write an essay of at least 500 words that explains sportsmanship and tells why it is important. Give several examples of good sportsmanship in sports. Relate at least one of these to everyday leadership off the sports field.
    2. Make a presentation to your crew or a Cub Scout or Boy Scout group of at least 30 minutes with the same requirements as for the essay.
  3. Take part as a member of an organized team in one of the following sports:
    1. baseball
    2. basketball
    3. bowling
    4. cross-country
    5. diving
    6. fencing
    7. field hockey
    8. football
    9. golf
    10. gymnastics
    11. lacrosse
    12. rugby
    13. skating (ice or roller)
    14. soccer
    15. softball
    16. swimming
    17. team handball
    18. tennis
    19. track and field
    20. volleyball
    21. water polo
    22. wrestling
    23. (or any other recognized sport approved in advance by your Advisor except boxing and karate)
  4. Organize and manage a sports competition, such as a softball game, between your crew and another crew, between two Cub Scout dens or packs, between two Boy Scout patrols or troops, or between any other youth groups. You must recruit at least two other people to help you manage the competition.
  5. Make a set of training rules for a sport you pick. Design an exercise plan including selected exercises for this sport. Determine for this sport the appropriate target heart rates and desired training effects. Follow your training plan for at least 90 days, keeping a record showing your improvement.
  6. Make a tabletop display or give a presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub Scout or Boy Scout group, or another youth group that explains the attributes of a good team leader and a good team player. Select athletes that exemplify these attributes.
  7. Make a display or presentation on a selected sport for your crew or another group covering:
    1.  etiquette for your sport
    2.  equipment needed
    3.  protective equipment needed and why it is needed
    4.  history of the sport
    5.  basic rules
  8. Research and then, at a crew meeting or other youth group meeting, manage a discussion on drug problems as they relate to athletes.
    1. What drugs are banned?
    2. What impact do these banned drugs have on the human body and mind?
    3. Where can information about drugs be found?
    4. How do some sports organizations fight sports drug abuse?
    5. Cover at least the following drugs:
      1. stimulants
      2. painkillers
      3. anabolic steroids
      4. beta blockers
      5. diuretics
      6. alcohol
      7. marijuana
      8. cocaine
  9. Research and then, at a crew meeting or other youth group meeting, manage a discussion on recent training techniques being used by world-class athletes. Compare them to training techniques of 25 and 50 years ago. (This must be different than the discussion in requirement 8).
  10. Study ways of testing athletes for body density. Fat content can be measured by skin-fold calipers, body measurements, and hydro static weighing. Then recruit a consultant to assist you as you determine the body density and fat content for your fellow crew members at a crew meeting or special activity.
  11. Select a favorite Olympic athlete, a highly respected athlete in your city, or a favorite professional athlete and research his or her life. Make an oral presentation or tabletop display for your crew or another youth group.
  12. Explain the importance of proper nutrition as it relates to training for athletes. Explain the common eating disorders anorexia and bulimia and why they are harmful to athletes.
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