Venturing is part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America for young adults, men and women, between the ages of 14 (or 13 years of age and completed eighth grade) and 21. Its purpose is to provide positive experiences to help youth mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Sea Scouts is the nautical oriented organizational option within Venturing.
The Venturing crew is chartered by a community organization such as a business, service organization, school, labor group or religious organization (church). The chartered organization is responsible for selecting leadership, providing a meeting place and promoting a good program. The chartered organization representative is the liaison between the crew, the chartered organization, and the Boy Scouts of America. The crew may elect to be all-male, all-female or co-ed.
The crew committee is a group of adults, led by the crew committee chair, who guide the crew program and activities and manage record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment and registration. The crew must have a minimum of five adults registered with the crew to become registered. The crew is led by youth who are elected to the positions of president, one or more vice-presidents, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, guide and historian. Other positions in the Venturing crew may exist, such as activity chair. The adult advisor and associate advisors provide guidance while allowing the youth to lead the crew.
A Bronze Award may be earned for each category of arts and hobbies, outdoors, religious and community life, sea scouting, and sports. After earning at least one Bronze Award and meeting tenure, leadership, personal growth, and other requirements, the Venturer may earn the Gold Award. To earn the Silver Award, the Venturer must earn the Gold Award, receive first aid and CPR certifications, show leadership and participate in ethics training.
Venturers may also earn expert awards that build on one of the focus areas of the Bronze Awards. These include the Venturing Ranger Award, TRUST Award, Quest Award and the Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award (Sea Scout). Male members under the age of 18 may also earn the Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks from the Boy Scouting program if they have earned at least First Class rank in a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.
In addition to these awards, there are others, such as the Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award and the Venturing World Conservation Award. Venturers may also earn other awards common to the Scouting program such as the William T. Hornaday Awards. Venturers may also be recognized for excellent achievements and service to community with the Young American Award.
Venturing adult leaders who complete training, tenure and performance requirements are recognized by a system of awards. The Venturing Leader's Training Award is available to any leader, while the Venturing Advisor's Key and Venturing Advisor Award of Merit are only available to the Advisor.