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Venturing Silver Award

Advancement has been an important part of the Boy Scouts of America since the issuance of the first 12 merit badges in 1911. When the BSA introduced the Exploring program (predecessor to Venturing) in 1950, the Silver Award program was also released as the advancement program for older Boy Scouts. From 1950 through 1966, 18,256 Silver Awards (such as Antelope, Beaver, etc.) were earned.

The Venturing Silver Award is available to all Venturing youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for personal development; encourage Venturers to learn, grow, and serve; and recognize the high level of achievement of Venturers who acquire Venturing skills.


  1. Earn one Venturing Bronze Award.
  2. Earn the Venturing Gold Award, which includes knowing and living the Venturing Oath, service, personal development, and 12 months' tenure.
  3. Be proficeint in emergency preparedness, including earning Standard First Aid and CPR certification, and knowing and using BSA Safe Swim Defense.
  4. Demonstrate leadership, including successfully completing the Venturing Leadership Skills Course.
  5. Participate in the Ethic in Action program, including Ethical Controversies activites and an Ethics Forum.
  6. Show a crew review committee you have met the requirements for the Venturing Silver Award.


Venturers work with their Advisors to establish a plan of action for earning the Silver Award. Venturers can choose to work on the requirements alone or with other Venturers as in a crew activity. Venturers can work on requirements in the Bronze Award program, Gold Award program, and Silver Award program simultaneously. They could also work on each program separately. It's up to the Venturer and Advisor as to how they earn the award. After completion of all requirements, the Venturing Silver Award candidate will go through a formal review with other Venturers and adults from the crew.


The Venturing Silver Award medal features an eagle superimposed over a compass dial. It also has a red, white, and blue background behind the eagle. The medal is worn suspended from a green and white ribbon, which is suspended from a silver Venturing bar. A cloth knot is also available.

  • Award Medal, No. 04186
  • Certificate, No. 33664
  • Pocket Certificate, No. 33647
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