Gold Award Fact Sheet
Background and Purpose
The Venturing Gold Award program was developed to recognize the
significant accomplishment in a Venturers life as he or she has proven
outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities. These
activities relate to Venturing's six experience areas of leadership,
citizenship, social, outdoor, service, and fitness. It challenges and
motivates Venturers over an extended period.
It provides a favorable image of the Venturing program among youth,
parents, schools, and our communities. It offers challenging and
stimulating opportunities for Venturers to develop and achieve personal
goals in the areas of leadership, character development, and personal
- Venturing Gold Award candidates must be active and registered
Venturers for at least twelve months before final qualification.
- They must earn at least one Venturing Bronze Award.
- They must serve in a leadership role within the twelve months
before final qualification.
- They must participate in a district, council, or national
Venturing event or activity.
- They must set and accomplish one personal goal related to each
of the six experience areas.
- They must plan and lead at least two crew activities built
around the six experience areas.
- They must recite the Venturing Oath.
- Three letters of recommendation from adults outside of the crew
are required, and the candidate must make an oral presentation to a
crew review committee.
- They must be approved and recommended by their crew committee.
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Venturing Gold Award candidates must submit a written petition to
their crew Advisor in which they should outline their plans and
ambitions for their projects to achieve the award. Advisors are
encouraged to have a conference with each candidate to ensure that the
Venturer has developed a well-conceived plan, and that he or she has
specific goals in mind. The Advisor approves the plan. After council
approval, the council issues the award.
After many months of determined service and leadership, the Venturing
Gold Award should be presented in a setting worthy of the award.
Suggested occasions include high school assemblies, church services, and
council Venturing events.
The award may be presented more than once. The award is a gold medal
featuring the Venturing logo inside of a compass dial. The medal is
suspended from a white ribbon that is worn around the neck.
A certificate is also available.