There are two parts to the Award Scheme
The main part is the general activity that leads from Venturing Skills Award to the Queens Scout Award.
The other part is the Major Interest Award that is intended for the Venturer Scout who is heavily involved in a particular sport or activity.
Venturing Skills Award
First up the Venturer Scout will need to gain the Venturing Skills Certificate and badge. A sponsor will be appointed (either a Unit Council member or an experienced Venturer Scout) who will help the Venturer Scout acquire the basic skills which will allow him/her to enjoy and participate in the outdoor activities that form part of the Venturer Scout program and also explain the award scheme. Previous experience in Scouting can be used to obtain credits for the individual components of Venturing Skills, subject to Unit Council approval.
To achieve this award you must meet requirements for:
- First Aid (to be completed before the bushwalking expedition)
- Award Scheme
- Approval of Unit Council
Queens Scout Award
To achieve this award you must be able to:
- Set a goal.
- Plan your progress to that goal.
- Organise yourself and others.
- Maintain the determination to complete the task while overcoming setbacks and difficulties.
- Be a Venturer Scout.
- Earn the Venturing Skills Award.
- Complete the requirements in the four Award areas (these may be worked on simultaneously):
- Award Areas
- Adventurous Activities. Where the Venturer Scout is challenged in initiative, expeditions and outdoor adventures.
- Community Involvement. This involves activities centred on citizenship, service and the environment. First aid is a necessary achievement for health and safety in adventurous activities which the Venturer Scouts may find themselves involved.
- Leadership Development. Preparing for adult responsibilities in a democratic society will come from being involved in Unit Management and Leadership courses. A look at vocations gives an opportunity to study employment prospects for the future.
- Personal Growth. An opportunity for the Venturer Scouts to find out about themselves through expressions, ideals, mental pursuits and their own lifestyle.
Aside from being a Venturer Scout, gaining the Venturer Skills Award and completing the requirements of the award areas above, there is much more than just tests. The Queen’s Scout Award is recognised by the community at large as a worthwhile achievement and a certificate is presented by a representative of the Queen. The main point is that the Venturer Scout is recognised as being of good character and a worthy member of the Scout Movement. Therefore, the additional requirements are:
- Be recommended by the Unit Council and the Venturer Scout Leader..
- Be recommended by the Group Leader on behalf of the Group Council.
- Have a personal interview with the District Commissioner or equivalent..
- After all these are completed, the District Commissioner (or delegate) will recommend to the Branch Chief Commissioner that the Queen’s Scout Award be presented.
Major Interest Award
This recognises a special interest that may have developed or been established under the guidance of an outside organisation. The speciality should be a subject that would come within the range of activities covered by the four Queen’s Scout Award Areas.
Areas in which a Venturer could achieve the major interest award include:
- With the supporting organisation, set a challenging goal and have it approved in advance by the Unit Council..
- Qualify in the supporting organisation’s speciality, devoting at least 50 hours to the task. It is expected that the supporting organisation will be responsible for the assessment.
- Approval of the Unit Council..
- Approval of the District Venturer Scout Leader or equivalent.
It is expected that the Venturer Scout will have gained the Queen’s Scout Award or be very close to completion before the Major Interest Award is attempted. However, it is not intended that Venturer Scouts should be prevented from attempting the Major Interest Award simply because they have shown no progress in other aspects of the overall award scheme.
- Anchor Badge
- Language Emblem
- Deaf Sign Language Badge
- Youth Helper Badge
- Amateur Radio Operator Badge
- First Aid or Surf Lifesaving Badge
- Landcare Badge
- World Conservation Badge
- Their Service – Our Heritage Badge
Rover link Badge
The Rover Link Badge links Venturer Scouts to the Rover Section and is the next step towards the summit of the Scouting journey. Completion of this badge prepares the Venturer Scout for advancement to a Rover Crew. To earn this badge, formal contact must be made with a Rover Crew prior to joining one and Rover activities must be participated in with at least one being an overnight activity
Venture Scout Record Book
- The Venturer Scout Record Book has been updated. Previously known as the Venturer Scout Passport, it contains important information and requirements for Venturer Scout awards and badges.
- Cost $7.80
- Available at Scout Shop