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National Awards

In addition to the program-specific advancements and recognitions, there are a number of national awards available for both youth members and adult leaders.

vla-ribs council_resizedThe Venturing Leadership Award is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.

The call for nominations has been extended, with nominations due in the Council office by February 16. Awards will be presented at the Annual Council Dinner on April 20 at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia.


Venturing Leadership Award candidates at the Council level must:

  • Be registered and involved in Venturing as a Venturer or Venturing adult volunteer* for at least one year.
  • Hold a leadership (or volunteer) position or office on the unit, district, or council level.
  • Show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers within the council.

 (*In accordance with the current printing of the Venturing Awards and Requirements book, adults may be nominated for the Venturing Leadership Award for this year only. Next year, the policy will return to allowing only youth members to be nominated for this award.)


Nominations must be accompanied by two or three letters of reference from school, church, clubs, etc.  Self-nominations are not accepted, and nominees should not be informed that they have been nominated. The nomination form is available here. 

The nomination will require a response to these five items.

  1. Leadership positions held related to this award nomination
  2. Other involvement in Venturing
  3. Involvement with other organizations, such as church, clubs, etc.
  4. Awards and recognitions received in Venturing, Scouting, etc.
  5. Provide additional information (200 words or less) explaining why this candidate should receive the Venturing Leadership Award from Cradle of Liberty Council.

It is important that you be as specific as possible. For example, state “Was a Venturer on 2014 Wood Badge staff”, NOT “Has been on Wood Badge staff.”

The deadline for receipt of all nomination material is February 16, 2015 by close of business at the Council office. 

Nominations should be submitted to:
Cradle of Liberty Council
1485 Valley Forge Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Attention: Venturing Leadership Award Committee

If you have any questions, email

There are numerous awards that can be earned by Scouts, Venturers, and adult Scouters.  Information on many of these awards can be found here.  Please note that some of these awards, such as Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards, Silver Beaver Award, and Venturing Leadership Awards, are selected by or require action by the Council Advancement Committee; additional information on these awards is provided elsewhere on this site.

National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action are made only for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals. Recognition may be given to any member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader. There are two levels of awards - Lifesaving Awards and Meritorious Action Awards.

All applications should be submitted to the National Court of Honor through the local council using Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award.  The National Court of Honor will determine which type of recognition shall be given. Recipients of these awards must have been registered members of the Boy Scouts of America at the time the action was performed. Awards are made in the name of the Boy Scouts of America.

"A Scout is reverent." All Scouts show this by being faithful in their duty to God. Some go further and give special service. This can qualify them for a religious emblem. Such an emblem is not a Scouting award. It is conferred on a Scout by his religious leader. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem.

A complete listing of religious emblems, including contact information for the organizations that offer them, is available here.

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