Venturing Archives: Religious and Community Life Bronze Award
The Religious and Community Life Bronze Award lets Venturers focus on learning more about faith and service. Earning at least one Venturing Bronze Award is required for the Venturing Gold Award. The Venturing Bronze Award is designed as the first tier in the advancement track for Venturers so they can acquire usable skills that will carry them along the trail to the Venturing Silver Award.
Venturing Religious Life Bronze Award Requirements
Do nine of the following:
- Religious Emblem
- Earn your denomination’s Venturing-age religious award. (See pages 76-77 of this book; pages 8-103 of Relationships Resources No. 4-400; or the Duty to God brochure No. 5-879.)
- Cultural Diversity
- Learn about cultural diversity.
- Make a presentation or tabletop display using the information you learned in (a) above. OR
- Invite someone from a different cultural background from yours and the majority of your crew’s members to give a presentation on a subject of his or her choosing. Introduce your guest.
- Participate in a discussion about cultural diversity with your crew, Sunday school class, or other group.
- Service Project
- Plan and lead a service project such as helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house, participating in a community cleanup project, or taking on a fix-up project for a nursing home or nursery.
- Religious Service
- Serve as a volunteer in your church or synagogue or other nonprofit organization for at least three months.
- Keep a personal journal of your experiences each time you worked as a volunteer.
- After you have served as a volunteer for at least three months, share your experiences and how you feel about your service with others.
- Religious Retreat
- Go on a religious retreat or religious trek lasting at least two days.
- Religious/Ethical Play
- Produce or be a cast member in some type of entertainment production with a religious or ethical theme, such as a play, a puppet show, or concert for a group such as a children’s group, retirement home, homeless shelter, or Cub Scout or Boy Scout group.
- Youth Group Leadership
- Serve as president, leader, or officer of your Sunday school class or youth group.
- First Aid Course
- Complete a Standard First Aid course or higher course or its equivalent.
- Ethical Controversies
- Participate in at least two Ethical Controversies activities as a participant.
- Be a facilitator for at least two Ethical Controversies activities for your crew, another crew, your school class, a Boy Scout troop, or another group.
- Lead or be a staff member putting on an Ethics Forum for your crew, your church or synagogue, or your school class.
- Teacher Assistant
- Serve as a Sunday school teacher or assistant for a children’s Sunday school class for at least three months, or as a volunteer for a church/synagogue children’s activity such as vacation Bible school. (This must be different than requirement 4 above.)
- Religious Interview
- Meet with your church or synagogue minister/rabbi/leader to find out what he or she does, what they had to do to become your leader, and what they think is the most important element of their job.
Youth Religious Emblem Knot A reader asks if a Boy Scout may wear the religious emblem knot if he earned a religious emblem as a Cub Scout. Yes, he may.
Venturing TRUST Award The TRUST award is the religious and community life award for Venturers. A young man or woman can earn this award by learning more about faith and service.
How the Boy Scout Law Relates to the Ten Commandments Comparing the 10 Commandments to the Boy Scout Law is an interesting activity for any Boy Scout group.
Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents This is not an academic or theoretical book on youth leadership. It is a relentlessly practical guide on how to effectively guide teens to become leaders.
Religious Emblems Programs Faith is an important part of Scouting programs and religious emblems programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers reinforce what is stressed in the 12th point of the Scout Law
Venturing Religious Life Bronze Award Requirements The Religious Life Bronze award works well for Crews who are organized as church youth groups as ours is. While none of our members have earned this recognition yet, I do present it to them as an option from time to time.
Crew Activity – Teen Area at Homecoming Our parish Fall Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks. Our Crew asked if they could do some sort of service project at the event, and it was decided that they would provide some sort of gathering spot for the teenagers. So they are going to have a pavilion type tent which is for teenagers - no little kids allowed.
BSA Methods - Teaching Others The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting's aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Venturers is “teaching others”. Teaching others is the best way to really acquire deep knowledge of an area. By sharing their skills with others, Venturers retain their knowledge better and provide service to others
Helps and Requirements for the Venturing Bronze Award There are five different Venturing Bronze awards: Arts and Hobbies, Outdoor, Sea Scouts, Sports, and Religious Life. All five Bronze awards contain the common elements of experience, learning a skill, and sharing experiences and skills with others.
Scouting For Food The featured core value for Cub Scouts for the month of November is citizenship. Our Pack will help encourage citizenship in our Cub Scouts by participating in the local Scouting for Food program.