A male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or as a Varsity Scout in a team may continue working toward the Eagle Scout rank as a Venturer until his 18th birthday. There is no alternate Venturing advancement route to qualify for the Eagle Scout rank. The Venturer requirements for rank advancement towards Eagle Scout are the same as for Boy Scouts. The requirements for each rank are those authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book. The Venturer may fulfill leadership requirements by serving as president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer of his crew.

The Scoutmaster conference will be conducted by the Crew Advisor. As a Venturer meets the requirements for Star and Life ranks, a board of review is conducted by the crew committee. The Eagle Scout board of review follows the procedure established by the District Advancement Committee.

For further details on rank advancement, visit the Boy Scout Advancement site. For further details on Rank Advancement, Merit Badges and other Venturing Awards you may find useful information on the following websites:

U.S. Scouting Service Project

Merit Badge.com

Please note that neither of these websites are affiliated with the BSA. They do not speak on behalf of the BSA. Opinions and content expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors.


Bronze Award

The introduction to specific Venturing skills. Venturers may earn one or more of the five Bronze Award Ribbons:

  1. Arts and Hobbies
  2. Sports
  3. Sea Scouting
  4. Outdoor
  5. Youth Ministries.


One Bronze Award is required for the Gold Award.

Gold Award

Intermediate level requiring at least 12 months’ tenure and work. The Gold Award requires a pre-approved plan of action and a board of review. It is appropriate to present the award at a court of honor. Requirements are based on three areas:

  1. Personal development
  2. Service
  3. Leadership


The Gold Award is required for the Silver Award.

Silver Award



This is the highest award for Venturers. In addition to earning a Bronze and Gold award, Venturers do additional work in the areas of leadership, emergency preparedness and ethics. The Silver Award requires a pre-approved plan of action and a board of review. It is appropriate to present the Silver Award at a court of honor or Eagle/Silver recognition banquet, and to recognize the award in local and school newspapers.

Ranger Award


The Ranger Award is an additional award/growth opportunity based on outdoor/high-adventure requirements. A venturer must complete eight requirements and at least four of 18 electives. The outdoor Bronze Award is half of the Ranger Award. There is no board of review. It is appropriate to present the Ranger Award at a court of honor or Eagle/Silver banquet, and to recognize it in the local and school newspapers.

Special Opportunities for Venture Scouts

In addition to Rank Advancements and Merit Badges, Boy Scouts may earn a number of other Badges and Awards. Most of the requirements for the following awards are included in the Requirements Book or can be found on the sites list above.

  • Hiking Awards
  • Service, Conservation and Scoutcraft Emblems
  • Aquatic Emblems
    • Boardsailing, BSA
    • BSA Lifeguard
    • Mile Swim, BSA
    • Snorkeling, BSA
  • Other Awards and Emblems
    • Crime Prevention Award
    • Donor Awareness
    • Emergency Preparedness Award
    • International Activity Badge
    • Interpreter Strips
    • Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards
    • Physical Fitness Award
    • Recruiter Strip
    • Religious Emblems
    • Spirit of the Eagle Award
    • Young American
    • Keep America Beautiful Inc. Hometown U.S.A. Award

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