Venturing Advancement and Awards

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.

Venturing Advancement and Awards Central

SHAC Summit Board of Review Process

Venturing-AwardsAfter the council office has approved a Summit application, a board of review must be scheduled. 

  1. Contact the council Summit board or review coordinator, a volunteer who has been charged with coordinating Summit boards of review, ensuring that the National standards are met and the proper process followed. The council Summit Board of Review coordinator is Bill Berry (832-792-8500).
  2. After discussing the preferred timing and location, the council Summit Board of Review coordinator will contact someone from the approved list to serve as the council representative and chair of the board of review. 
  3. The selected council representative will contact the appropriate youth in the crew and will work with the youth in setting up the board of review.

Venturing Rank Advancement

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.