Venturing is a program offered by the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years old to 20 years old.

Many of the ideas and methods used in the Venturing program are also useful for engaging high school aged members of Scouts BSA

Find helps for the Venturing program on this page. Or use the links directly below to find help for a specific award or topic.

Planning with Teenagers

When I was first approached to be the new Advisor for the Venturing Crew, our district executive warned me that teenagers don’t usually plan ahead. Boy was he right!

Scout Recognition Certificate – Fill In Your Own Information

A while back John M sent in a Webelos Crossover recognition certificate he had made to share with everyone. However, many readers have asked for an easy way to use this with their own unit, award, etc. Now we have it!…

Announcements Song

The Announcements Song will add some laughs to the dry business parts of your meetings. Sing “Announcements, announcements, announcements” followed by one of the verses and then do an announcement. Sing it again and then do another announcement.

Script or Ceremony for Venturing Ranger Award

A reader asks ” We are planning my son’s Eagle COH and he also recently earned his Venturing Ranger Award. The Crew Leader has agreed to award this during his COH but I can not find any type of “script”…

River Rafting with the Venture Crew

Our Crew is going river rafting today on the Huzzah River. The Huzzah is not deep or swift, so we’re looking forward to a nice lazy day floating down the river.

Starting a Venturing Crew

Maybe you’ve heard about this coed Scouting program for young men and women and you’re ready to try to organize a Venturing Crew. You might even have a specific group of young people in mind. It could be you know…

BSA Methods for Scouts BSA vs Venturers

Some people wonder about what the main differences between the Scouts BSA and Venturing programs. Looking at the methods used in the two programs offers some insights into the main differences between the programs.

The Fleur de Lis and Scouting

What does the fleur de lis symbolize in Scouting? A reader asks if it is appropriate to give a fleur de lis plaque to a Cub Scout who has earned his Arrow of Light but is not continuing in Scouts…

BSA Methods – Group Activities

“Group Activities” is one of the BSA methods for Venturers.

Journey To Excellence Service Projects

The Journey to Excellence Service Project initiative encourages Scouting units to carry out meaningful service projects.

Crew Activity – City Museum

The Crew is planning another activity this meeting. They are all going to church together and then they are heading to the City Museum. The City Museum is often described as a giant playground for teenagers and young adults, so…

National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth

Fall Fun Rally | BSA Centennial Year National Venturing Event

Now that summer camping season is over, it is time for my favorite camping season – FALL! So next month I am looking forward to camping with our Crew at Fall Fun Rally. Since we have a new Crew, this…

Nova Awards Program (STEM Award)

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The NOVA Awards program combines knowledge of STEM concepts with hands on activities.

Human Knot Game

This is an icebreaker in which a group must work together to “untie” themselves from a knot. This is a cooperative rather than competitive game.

What Can Scouts Use as Service Hours?

A reader asks what types of service projects can be used as service hours to fulfill requirements.

Scouting For Food

Our Cub Scouts participate in the local Scouting for Food program every November.

Order of the Arrow Membership Requirements

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s “honor society”. Youth are elected by the members of their units. Members of Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout units are eligible if they meet some requirements. They must meet some camping requirements…

Scout Oath

When you read the Scout Oath as is used by the BSA below, it is clear that the Scout Oath contains the same or parallel thoughts for the concepts in Baden-Powell’s original promise.

The Aims of Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America enumerates four aims of Scouting – Character Development, Citizenship, Leadership Development, and Fitness.

Chicken on a Hut Game

This game makes a fun break in a meeting. It is a favorite with our Venturing Crew. Because of the physical contact with the partners, when playing this game with our coed Crew, boys are partners with boys and girls…

Even more resources for Venturers

Coed Camping with a Venturing Crew

Venturing Crews are can include young men and young women and many enjoy camping. Coed camping with a Scouting unit presents its own set of concerns and challenges

Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills (ILSC or ILST)

This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Scouts BSA Troops (ILST).

Won’t You Smile Game

In the Won’t You Smile game one person tries to make someone else in the group smile. Everyone else must keep a straight face. Won’t You Smile is a team-building or icebreaker game suitable for Venturers or Scouts BSA.

Girls in Scouts – My Opinion

In October, 2017, BSA released this still controversial policy about girls in Scouts. “The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older…

Crew Social Event and Service Project – Trunk or Treat

They helped distribute pizzas at the trunk or treat event and do some other small jobs for the organizers. In return, they had a table where they hung out together and passed out candy (since none of them had a…

Problem – Adults Too Involved in Meetings

A reader asks a question about adult involvement. “The adults are very enthusiastic, which is great, but they tend to talk over the kids and take over the meetings. Some of the adults are keeping the kids form running the…

Venturing Award Requirements and Resources

The Venturing award is the first award a Venturer earns.  It is a joining award. The Venturing Award requirements have an emphasis on commitment and personal safety.

Discovery Award

The Discovery award is the second level award a Venturer can earn. This award emphasizes participation, skill development, and goal setting.

Pathfinder Award

The Pathfinder award is the third level award in the award system for Venturers. This award emphasizes leadership, responsibility, planning, goal development, and training.

Venturing Officer Position Descriptions

Here is a list of the Venturing officer position descriptions and a brief summary of the suggested responsibilities for each officer. Venturing offices are President, Vice President – Administration, Vice President – Program, Secretary, Treasurer, Guide, Quartermaster, and Historian.

Issues While Rechartering

A reader asks about issues during rechartering. “Does the BSA ever deny a charter during recharter, and for what reasons would they deny a recharter?”

Crew Costume Party Ideas

A costume party is always a fun Halloween activity for teens. Our Crew has had several costume parties. A plan from one of these is shown below as an example of costume party ideas.

Venturing Ranger Award Helps and Documents

The Venturing Ranger Award is available to all young men and women who are registered Venturers. This is the high adventure award for Venturers. A Venturer who earns the Ranger Award has shown that he or she is ready to…

Quest Award

While working on the Quest Award, Venturers learn about the importance of healthy eating habits and physical activity. They learn the importance of participating in sports, either as individuals or as a member of a team.

Teaching Others – BSA Methods of Scouting for Venturers

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…

Other Venturing Awards

In addition to the core Venturing awards (Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, Summit) and the Venturing specialty awards (Ranger, Quest, TRUST), Venturers can earn a number of other recognitions.

Summit Award

The Summit award is the highest award a Venturer can earn. This award emphasizes leadership, mentoring, planning, and service.






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