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Background and Purpose

The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils,areas/regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers and adults who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code.


  • Venturing Leadership Award candidates must be registered and involved in Venturing as a Venturer or an adult for at least one year.
  • They must hold a leadership position or office on the unit, district, council, area, region or national level (as appropriate for the level of award presented).
  • The candidate must show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers on the level appropriate for the award.

Quota Restrictions

Councils may present two awards for youth and two for adults per year for up to fifty crews/ships and one additional youth and adult award per year for each fraction of twenty-five crews/ships above fifty.

Example: For fifty-one registered crews/ships, a total of three youth and three adult awards may be presented; for seventy-eight crews/ships, four youth and adult awards could be presented. Regions may present twelve youth and twelve adult awards per year.

National may present six youth and six adult awards per year.


Venturing youth and adults may be recommended at the council, area, region or national level by completing the Venturing Leadership Award candidate information form. An additional sheet with two hundred words or less explaining why the candidate should receive the award and letters of recommendation from school, church, clubs, etc., must be provided with the information form.


  • Council: Medallion suspended from blue and white ribbon and worn around the neck. (For unit-, district-, and council-level recognition.)
  • Area/Region: Medallion suspended from green and white ribbon and worn around the neck. (For area- and region-level recognition.)
  • National: Medallion suspended from red and white ribbon and worn around the neck. (For national-level recognition.)

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