Venturing’s award and recognition program provides a flexible pathway for personal development that encourages Venturers to learn, grow, and serve and recognizes high level of achievement.  The Sea Scout advancement program allows Sea Scouts to earn four rank advancements: Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster

Venturing Advancement

The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. The Venturing rank advancement program is designed to help Venturers grow in the areas of adventure, leadership, personal development, and service (the ALPS model). Ranks serve as benchmarks that give Venturers a structure for developing their own personal vision into manageable goals that lead to recognition by their peers, mentors, and the larger community.

The Venturing advancement has four ranks:

  • All Venturers should earn the Venturing Rank soon after formally joining the program.
  • Venturers then proceed by earning the Discovery Rank and Pathfinder Rank.
  • Finally, Venturers earn the Summit Rank, in which a young person formally serves as a mentor to other Venturers in his or her crew.

Venturing is a flexible program, and the ranks are designed to help all Venturers, no matter what their crew specialty, to grow and develop. 



Venturing 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. LEARN MORE

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. LEARN MORE

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