Beyond the advancement program, Venturing offers additional opportunities to challenge young adults and honor their service to the Venturing program through specialty and leadership awards.

Specialty Awards

Venturers are encouraged to explore their interests and passions. The Venturing specialty awards, while not a part of the core Venturing recognition program, allow Venturers to discover certain areas more in depth. The Ranger Award, Quest Award, TRUST Award, and Nova Awards allow Venturers to discover the outdoors, sports, their faith, and science respectively.

Ranger Award medalThe Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a Ranger as a person who is highly skilled at a variety of outdoor sports and interests, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others in activities.  To learn more, click here.


Quest Award medalWhile 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 plans based upon lifestyle, fitness levels, and desires for a healthy and long life. Hopefully this program will introduce Venturers to a sport or sports that they will enjoy the rest of their life. To learn more, click here.


TRUST Award medalTrust is an essential aspect of our relationship with others – both personally and corporately. Learning to trust is the challenge. Today young people live in an increasingly pluralistic society made up of multiple nationalities, cultures, and religions. One way to work toward a safe future is to learn to get along and work together. Understand is a good start toward trust. While working on the TRUST award, Venturers will learn more about themselves, their communities, their religion and culture, as well as those of others.  To learn more, click here.


Supernova medalThe Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge.  To learn more, click here.

Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award medalWhile working on the Ranger Shooting Sports elective, you are required to complete one of seven disciplines. However, if you go beyond the basic requirement and instead complete five of the seven disciplines, you will earn the Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award. This beautiful medal and certificate are sponsored by many organizations in the shooting sports industry to recognize outstanding achievement in shooting sports.  For a copy of the Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award Application, click here.

Venturing World Conservation Award patchThe World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Venturers to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment. Venturing
World Conservation Award requirements and application, click here.

Venturing-religious-emblems patchA Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets. For more information, click here.

Leadership Awards

The Venturing program is designed to develop those who participate in it into experienced leaders. To recognize those who have shown exceptional dedication and service to the program, the Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) and the Unit Leader Award of Merit were created. Venturing Leadership Award medals (Council, Area, Regional, and National) ad the VLA square knot patch.The Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers and Venturing Advisors who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  To learn more, click here.

Unit Leader Award of Merit patchThe Unit Leader Award of Merit is presented to unit leaders to encourage units to be strong and viable by attaining certain benchmark characteristics of strong units. The top youth leader for the unit must nominate the unit leader he/she has met seven requirements. The nomination is certified by the unit commissioner. For the requirements and application form, click here.

Scouter's Training Award patchThe Scouter’s Training Award is a recognition for registered adult volunteers who meet training and performance requirements while serving for two years in a volunteer position. To view the application, click here.

Scouter's Key patchThe Advisor’s Key is a recognition for primary unit leaders who meet who complete advanced tenure, training and performance requirements. To view the application, click here.