One of the strengths of the Venturing
program is its ability to meet the interests of all Venturers.
Sometimes Venturers like to investigate new, different areas. Variety
in a crew always seems to make it more fun to go to meetings and
outings. Also, Venturers probably have many interests or would
like to have more. Because of that desire, and to provide a
pathway to many different experiences, the Venturing Bronze awards
program is offered. Venturers can earn their crew's specialty
Bronze Award or all five Bronze awards.
The five different Venturing Bronze
awards are Arts and Hobbies, Outdoor,
Sea Scout (Ordinary Award), Sports,
and Youth Ministries. All five Bronze awards contain the common
elements of experience, learning a skill, and sharing your experiences
and skills with others. Earning at least one Bronze Award is
required for the Venturing Gold
Award. The Bronze Award is designed as
the entry-level award for Venturers so they can acquire usable skills
that will carry them along the trail to the Venturing Silver
and Hobbies, Sports, or Youth
Ministries, a Venturer must complete at least nine of 12 requirements
established for each of those three areas. For Outdoor,
Venturers must complete at least four core requirements and two
electives that are found in the Ranger Award requirements.
For Sea Scout, Venturers must earn
the Sea Scout Ordinary rank. To earn a specific Bronze
Award such as the Arts and Hobbies Bronze
Award, all completed requirements must be Arts
and Hobbies requirements.
Bronze candidates may have their crew
Advisor or a specialty consultant approve or sign off on that
completed requirement. Requirements for the Arts
and Hobbies, Sports, and Youth
Ministries Bronze can be found in the Silver Award Guidebook.
Requirements for the Sea Scout Bronze
(Ordinary Award) can be found in the Sea Scouting manual.
The requirements for the Outdoor Bronze
Award can be found in the Ranger Guidebook. There
is no committee review for the Venturing Bronze Award.
The actual Bronze Award is a campaign-style ribbon that may be worn on the Sea Scouting
or Venturing uniform. If all five are earned, all five may be worn on
the uniform. The ribbons have an icon representing the area in which
it was earned superimposed on the ribbon.