The highest award of Venturing, the Summit Award, goes to those
Venturers who have matured in their personal direction, skills, and life
competencies, and who have accepted the responsibility to mentor others and
serve their communities in a lasting way.
Award Focus: Mentoring
Mentoring and coaching skills training
Mentor a crew member in planning and leadership
of crew activity
Serve in elected leadership position for six months
Lead the delivery of small-group management
skills and training
Complete advanced leadership training
Plan, develop, and give leadership to community
Complete goal development and planning for all
realms of personal growth
Create personal code of conduct for review by
peers and adult advisors
Lead and guide ethical controversy and conflict
resolution discussion with crew
Participate in at least three additional (for a total of seven) Tier II or Tier III adventures at the crew, district, council, area,
regional, or national level.
To earn the Summit Award, a Venturer must have participated in at least
one Tier III adventure and served as a leader during one adventure.
Complete BSA Mentoring Training prior to initiating mentoring relationships.
Since earning the Pathfinder Award, mentor another Venturer in the planning and implementation of a crew, council, area, regional, or national Venturing activity (see Summit Adventure requirement 1). Work with the
youth enough to ensure he or she is ready to lead and has organized
the appropriate resources, is prepared for contingencies, and has developed
an itinerary, conducted training to support the adventure, and mitigated
risk before and during the adventure. Participate in the adventure and
provide feedback on how the adventure was conducted.
Complete two of the following.
Since earning the Pathfinder Award, serve actively as your crew
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, guide, historian,
den chief, or quartermaster for a period of at least six months.**
At the beginning of your term, work with your crew president (or
Advisor, if you are the president) to set performance goals for
the position. Any number of different positions may be held as long
as the total length of service equals at least six months. Holding
simultaneous positions does not shorten the required number of months.
Positions need not flow from one to the other; there may be gaps
in time. Once during your term of office, discuss your successes
and challenges with your crew president (or Advisor, if you are
Participate in or serve on staff for leadership training such as National Youth Leadership Training, Kodiak Challenge, National
Advanced Youth Leadership Experience, Order of the Arrow National
Leadership Seminar, Sea Scout SEAL Training, or Wood Badge (for
Venturers 18 or older). You may also participate in non-BSA leadership
training courses such as those delivered by the National Outdoor
Leadership School, if approved by your Advisor. This must be a different
training course than you completed for Pathfinder Award requirement
4b or Summit Award requirement 4c.
Lead the delivery of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews for members of your Venturing crew or another local Venturing crew
or for a local district or council training event. After leading
the training course, discuss with your crew Advisor how you believe
you helped build the skill set of your crew and what you learned
by organizing the training course.
**Venturers may substitute district, council, area, regional, or
national Venturing officer or cabinet positions for the positions listed
in this requirement.
Since earning the Pathfinder Award, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious
institution, school, or community. (The project must benefit an organization
other than the Boy Scouts of America.) Before you start, a project proposal
must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your
Advisor, the unit committee, and the council or district advancement
committee (per local practices).
Since earning the Pathfinder Award, complete a structured personal reflection. Use this reflection to prepare for goal setting
and as part of your Advisor conference. Explore two of the following
realms: "Adventures of Faith,"* "Adventures of Self," or "Adventures
of Others." You may explore one of the realms twice or select from between
two different realms.
Create a personal code of conduct. This code of conduct should be guided by your explorations in the realms of faith, self, and others.
Since earning the Pathfinder Award, lead an ethical controversy and conflict resolution scenario with members of your Venturing crew.
Participate in an Advisor conference. As a part of this conference, share your code of conduct with your Advisor, and explain how your explorations of faith, self, and others, and your goal-setting exercises, influenced the development of your code.
After your Advisor conference, successfully complete a crew board of review.
*A Venturer is not required to share the personal reflection associated with “Adventures of Faith” with his or her Advisor or members of a board of review, including the discussion that takes place at the Advisor conference or the board of review.
NOTE: A Venturer may apply previous Venturing experiences to receive credit for requirements 1, 4, and 8. The "Since earning the Pathfinder Award" portion of requirement 4a will be waived for Venturers who completed these requirements prior to June 1, 2014.
All other requirements must be completed after June 1, 2014.