New or Important Venturing Information

The purpose of this web page is to share Venturing information that is new or not well known.  As always, if you have learned of a change, let me know by emailing me at

Advancement Resources

The Venturing files from BSA's Advancement Resources webpage are:

The tracking spreadsheet for the awards is available here:

Leadership Skills for Crews Facilitator Guide

The 2015 guide for ILSC now available at:

Guide to Advancement - Venturing Supplement 2015

Ken Bower has again shared a document that will be very helpful with the new Venturing advancement program.  It is available at:

Youth and Adult Application Registration Process

Ken Bower shared this very helpful document from National about the registration process for 18-20 year-olds starting March 1.  There's a new adult form out which will now be used by Venturers (including Sea Scouts) over age 18; here are the relevant instructions:  Youth and Adult Application Change EDITED v2.pdf

It has been confirmed that this new requirement does not apply to 18-20 year-olds in crews and ships who are not initiating a new position (e.g. joining a unit, or transferring, or registering as camp staff, etc.).  This means that we don't need a rush of adult applications in the next two weeks for all our existing 18-year-olds, just for those that turn 18 after March 1 and for those that change or add positions after March 1.

Mentoring for Venturing Crews Facilitator Guide

The Mentoring training for the Summit Award is now available at:

FAQ's about the new Venturing Program

The Venturing Cabinet is continuing to respond to FAQs about all the changes.  The most recent is the January 27th, 2015 update.  The link is

I think there is a mistake that is a postive mistake for many adults and that is for this last year, adults can be nominated for the Council Venturing Leadership Award (VLA).  I expect this window of time will close after awards have been presented this year for 2014.  Read the Venturing FAQs for the details.

New Venturing Youth Handbook

The new handbook is available through (item # 619088)

New Venturing Awards and Requirements

A comprehensive source for the requirements of the Venturing awards programs, this is the go-to book for every Venturer.  The new handbook is available through (item # 618767)

This handbook is also available in a Kindle edition on the Amazon web site

New Venturing Advisor Guidebook

The new handbook is available through (item # 618768)

Venturing Goal Setting & Time Management Training Module

This course will provides a fun, interactive learning experience in learning Time Management in a in a 3 hour time period.  The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated and meet the needs of the crew.  Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Discovery Award requirement for the goal setting-time management training course.  It is available at:

New Venturing Training Syllabus

National has issued new Venturing Position-Specific Training for the Advisor and the Committee:

Venturing Program Announcement

In December 2013, BSA came out with "Program Updates - 2014 and Beyond."  The "2014 Program Change Overview - Venturing" can be found here -

BSA announced at the 2013 May National Meeting a new Road Map to Venturing.  New information is available here -

A helpful blog page explaining the Venturing Road Map for 2014 is available at

It is important to note that the new Venturing Program aligns with the following two awards:

  1. Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  2. Congressional Award

A half dozen years ago, I did a write up on the Congressional Award and how it related to the Venturing Gold.  You can download the write up here -

Adult Venturing Awards (knots)

The requirements have been updated for both the Key and Training Award.  Venturing leaders who have started to earn these awards may use either set of requirements, but those who have not started to work on an award may only use the new requirements (links below are the new requirements).  If you want knots with Venturing green backgrounds, email me.
Advisor's Key
Venturing Training Award


You can call BSA supply 800-323-0736 and ask for the VenturING cloth sew on strip and they will send you 4 or 5 for free.  Make sure you tell them VenturING and not Venture strip as there is one in the catalog (it has the plastic backing like a patch).  Since they don't sell them, there is no catalog #.  They come starched stiff, so they are easy to sew onto a Cabella's or Dickey's forest green shirt.

I check on May 29, 2014 and supply still have the strips available and will have more made if needed.