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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.

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Venturing Gold Award

This award is retired (as of 12/31/2014).

The Venturing Gold Award program was developed to recognize the significant accomplishment in a Venturer's life as he or she has proven outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities. These activities relate to Venturing's six experience areas of leadership, citizenship, social, outdoor, service, and fitness. It will challenge and motivate Venturers over an extended period.

It will provide a favorable image of the Venturing program among youth, parents, schools, and our communities. It will offer challenging and stimulating opportunities for Venturers to develop and achieve personal goals in the areas of leadership, character development, and personal fitness.


Venturing Gold Award candidates must be active and registered Venturers for at least 12 months before final qualification. They must serve in a leadership role within the 12 months before final qualification. They must participate in a district, council, or national Venturing event or activity. They must set and accomplish one personal goal related to each of the six experience areas. They must plan and lead at least two crew activities built around the six experience areas. They must recite the Venturing Oath. Three letters of recommendation from adults outside of the crew are required, and teachhe candidate must make an oral presentation to a crew review committee. Finally, they must be approved and recommended by their crew committee.

Download an application form for the Venturing Gold award.


Venturing Gold Award candidates must submit a written petition to their crew Advisor in which they outline their plans and ambitions for their projects to achieve the award. Advisors are encouraged to have a conference with each candidate to ensure that the Venturer has developed a well-conceived plan, and that he or she has specific goals in mind. The Advisor approves the plan. After council approval, the council issues the award.


After many months of determined service and leadership, the Venturing Gold Award should be presented in a setting worthy of the award. Suggested occasions include high school assemblies, church services, and council Venturing events. The award may be presented more than once. The award is a gold medal featuring the Venturing logo inside of a compass dial. The medal is suspended from a white ribbon that may be pinned to a uniform, shirt or blouse. For less formal occasions a white ribbon bar is worn alongside a Bronze award. A certificate is also available.

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