On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Congressional Award was started by Congress in 1979. This award system was set up recognize those young adults who prove to show initiative, great achievements, and significant service to the community.The United States Senate and the US House of Representatives established the Congressional Award as a private-public partnership. This organization receives all funding from the private sector. It was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton have signed continuing legislation.
While this is not directly a Venturing award, Venturers are encouraged to register for the program and thus make them self eligible for additional recognition on a national level. Many Venturers find that active participation in the Venturing Program can merit recognition through the Congressional Award program.
The congressional award is a journey and experience. Each potential award recipient must register them self with the award service and pay an initial fee up front. The award seeks to develop well rounded young Americans by encouraging activities in the four experience areas
After registering each candidate will receive a log book in which they must record their hours and experiences in. This log book is turned in at each award level. Candidates must be at least 13 ½ years old to register and must complete all requirements by their 24th birthday.
The Congressional Award is a multi-tiered award. The progression starts with the Bronze Certificate and culminates with the Gold Medal. Hours invested toward each level carries forward toward the next award. Candidates receiving the Gold Medal receive the award before a special session of the United States Congress in Washington DC.