The Venturing Silver Award is the acme of the Venturing program, advancing from the fundamentals of the Gold Award. The Silver Award focuses on emergency preparedness, leadership, and ethics. 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.
Venturers must be proficient in emergency preparedness (including standard first aid, CPR, and Safe Swim Defense), participate in Ethics in Action, complete the Venturing Leadership Skills Course, earn the Venturing Gold Award, and earn at least one of the five Venturing Bronze awards.
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.
- Earn one Venturing Bronze Award.
- Earn the Venturing Gold Award, which includes knowing and living the Venturing Oath, service, personal development, and 12 months tenure.
- Be proficient in emergency preparedness:
- Become certified in Standard First Aid or equivalent course.
- Become certified in CPR.
- Complete the BSA Safe Swim Defense training Course.
- Either lead or participate in a group swim using BSA Safe Swim Defense.
- Demonstrate leadership:
- Successfully complete the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews.
- Successfully serve for at least six months in an elected or appointed crew, district, or council leadership position.
- Participate in the Ethics Action program:
- Participate in at least two Ethical Controversies activities from chapter 9 of the Venturing Leader Manual.
- Either organize and lead, or help organize and lead an Ethics Forum for your crew, another crew, school class or other youth group.
- Show a crew review committee you have met the requirements for the Venturing Silver Award