Wearing the new Venturing Awards
The new rank patches (see Informed) will be worn on the left pocket in the same fashion as Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts wear their rank patches. Venturers can still wear the "old" awards if they have earned them. A male Venturer who has earned Eagle and earns the new Venturing Awards can wear his Eagle knot regardless of age but he cannot wear both a Boy Scout rank patch and a Venturing Award patch on his left pocket at the same time. One way around this might be to wear the Boy Scout "mothers pin" in the left pocket flap and the Venturing Award patch on the pocket. Of course, if a male Venturer does not want to earn the new Venturing Awards, he can wear his Boy Scout rank patch; first class or higher (at this time, this last statement is my conjecture).
When a Venturer earns Summit, he/she should wear the Summit Award pocket patch, not the square knot. The square knot would be worn when the young adult reached 21. A Venturer can wear the square knot if it represents the Venturing Silver Award. The square knot for the Summit Award will be the same knot as for the Venturing Silver Award in the same manner as knot for the top Exploring award was used for the Explorer Silver, Explorer Achievement Award and the Explorer G.O.L.D Award.
The actual patches can be seen on my Youth Badges page with the item numbers:
New Uniform Pants for 2014
The styles that are available are:
- pre-hemmed in a few common lengths - these have zippers that run half-way up the calves for boots and a snap at the hem to tighten them around an ankle:
30" length on www.scoutstuff.org.
32" length on www.scoutstuff.org.
- un-hemmed and extra long for custom lengths, but without the zipper and snap. On www.scoutstuff.org.
Waist sizes seem to be limited to non-numerics, and they have a bit of elastic in the waist, but no other adjustments I noticed. The material is a non-stretch, fairly sturdy nylon material, that, I think, will be much more durable than the "rip-stop style" flexible material. There are many pockets, with a variety of fasteners. All have zip-off legs. The new pants are $50. The old ones (where you can find them) are on clearance for $20."
Venturing has greater latitude in uniforms than any other BSA family. Crews determine and design their own uniforms. However, if youth choose to wear the standard green shirt & gray pants uniform, they should comply with BSA policies. As with any policy, there are more questions. Michael Brown has prepared a Venturing Uniform FAQ which has been added to the US Scouting Service Project Web Site: uscouts.org/venturing/UniformingFAQ.asp.
You can learn more about the different uniform badges (patches) by visiting History of Venturing Badges. The web pages provide images for National & Private Issue badges.
Below is one image showing a Corps of Discovery pocket flap. It should be noted that the Corps of Discovery is not an official part of the Venturing program but is a grassroots program in Venturing. The Corps of Discovery, a Service Society within the Venturing program, has been created at the local level to recognize Venturers and adult Venturing Leaders who provide exemplary service to their Districts and Local Councils. It is a local decision to use the Corps of Discovery pocket flap for this purpose, and the Corps of Discovery and its pocket flap are not intended to replace or compete with Order of the Arrow, a program of the Boy Scout Division for a different age group and purpose. Corps of Discovery is not a camping nor a Local Scout Camp program. It is not an honor society, but is dedicated to the promotion of and service to the Venturing Program within the local Council and District. More information can be found at this site - www.venturingcorps.com.
Click on any of the small images to get a larger image displayed to the right of the small images.
The same Venturing uniform images but with Venturing private issue patches can be seen on this Venturing uniform page. The changes to private issue badges make the Venturing uniform look much nicer!
This is not an official site of the Boy Scouts of America. I maintain this site for the benefit of the Venturing community.
Information on my scouting background.