Leading the Adventure With Youth & Advisors
Venturing is an exclusive program the Boy Scouts of America hosts for male and female participants between 14 and 20 years of age, or 13 if they have completed the eighth grade. It is operated through advisors and youth known as Venturing crews that meet to plan events and activities for youth. BSA of California and Hawaii can help you find a crew close to you.
Advancements, Benefits, and Rewards
The ALPS offers Ventures an exciting array of awards and benefits, including:
- Rank Advancement: Start with a Venturing Rank, then make your way through Discovery and Pathfinder Ranks before attaining the final and honored Summit Rank.
- Specialty Awards: Our Venturing recognition program enables Venturers to unlock and receive special awards that allow them to explore more areas comprehensively.
- Leadership Rewards: The Leadership Awards program starts youth participants on a track towards development, eventually turning them into trained, dependable, experienced leaders.
Learn About ALPS to Grow & Develop
ALPS is an acronym covering the areas of emphasis in Venturing. It stands for adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. Venturing uses this model as a guide during your adventures to prepare for your future, whether it includes college, a career, or other options. We have described each of these areas below:
Venturing considers this a key area and develops outings with a sense of adventure so that you have fun and learn something new about yourself. You will do more than participate in these outings and adventures; you will lead them as well.
This tool is essential as you plan adventures with your crew. As a Venturer, it is your responsibility to lead them through their chosen adventures. The Venturing motto is “Lead the Adventure,” which shows leadership as an action and not just a position.
As you learn from your adventures in Venturing, you’ll find you grow and advance on a personal level. As you converse with your advisor and crew members, you will appreciate what you have learned. You will be prepared for life’s opportunities and challenges as you identify your talents and abilities and develop them.
Service is a gift we give to others, allowing us to identify needs and target them to sustain our communities. Your crew has opportunities to develop full programs and serve others as part of Venturing’s commitment to community service. You will have fun while doing it.