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.
Venturing Quest Award
In the years since the Venturing program came into being, the program has been defined by the activities that the Venturers do. Sports have become a very important activity within many Crew programs. The resounding popularity of the Ranger Award for the outdoor emphasis caused the need to create a similar, challenging award program for the Venturing sports emphasis.
Statistics throughout the United States are showing that Americans as a nation are overweight and out of shape. Heart disease and diabetes, diseases which are the results of being overweight, are rampant. These diseases, historically found in older people, are now being found more and more in the youth. Young Americans are not being encouraged to watch their diets and start an exercise program.
While working on the Quest award, Venturers will be required to learn more about what makes up a nutritional diet as well as design their own personal exercise plan based upon their lifestyle, fitness levels, and desires for a healthy and long life. A strong emphasis for this program is to introduce Venturers to a sport or sports that they will enjoy the rest of their lives. As with many other requirements throughout the Venturing Program, the Quest award requires that the Venturers share what they have learned about sports, fitness and nutrition with others, both youth and adults. This sharing may be done through various sports clinics, scouting events, and a variety of presentations with a wide variety of groups. In the Quest award electives section, Venturers will be required to choose at least one sport in which to become proficient.
Electives: (Complete the requirements associated with one of the following areas of interest)
The Quest award medal features the Vitruvian Man (c. 1492) by Leonard da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci actually drew the figure as he was influenced by Vitruvius, a Roman engineer of the first century B.C. It is based on a model of ideal portions which Vitruvius established. Like the balanced man that both Vitruvian and da Vinci modeled, the modern Venturer must be balanced physically, mentally, nutritionally, and even socially. The Vitruvian man stands before a red, white and blue background. That background reminds us of national pride as our athletes compete against the world. The medal is suspended from a ribbon with a solid field of green. The green represents the sports field as well as the completion of journey started with the sports Bronze award with its half green and half white ribbon.
For more information about the Quest award, please consult the national Quest award website, www.venturing-bsa-quest.org