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Venturing Silver

Advancement has been an important part of the Boy Scouts of America since the issuance of the first 12 merit badges in 1911. When the BSA introduced the Exploring program (predecessor to Venturing) in 1950, the Silver Award program was also released as the advancement program for older Boy Scouts. From 1950 through 1966, 18,256 Silver Awards were earned.

The Venturing Silver Award is the highest award a Venturer can earn. It represents substantial growth and experience as the Venturer earned the Venturing Bronze and Gold awards along the trail to silver. Earning the Venturing Silver Award says a Venturer is a leader, serves others, is personally fit, is prepared for emergencies, and has honor. Earning the coveted Venturing Silver Award will have meaning for a lifetime!


The Quartermaster Award, which stands for excellence, goes to the young adult who attains the highest rank in Sea Scouting. The award is a reminder that as a ship needs a rudder, a compass, and a moving force to reach its destination, so an individual must be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight to achieve worthwhile goals in life. It represents fulfillment. It results from a young adult's determination to reach goals that he or she has set and achieved in spite of difficulties along the way.

The award is rich in symbolism. The blue ribbon stands for loyalty and country. The compass suggests the importance of carefully chosen direction in life. The wheel reminds us that we are the guide of our own future and that we must persevere with self-discipline. The Scout badge, the emblem of purposeful brotherhood, has challenged and strengthened the lives of more than 40 million men. It shows Sea Scouting as an important part of the Scouting tradition. The anchor reminds us that a truly worthy life must be anchored in duty to God.

Venturing Silver Knot 


 Sea Scout Quartermaster Knot

 Venturing Silver    Sea Scout
2012 Report a Missing
Sean Gray - Crew 228
Bryan Santiago - Crew 21
Colin Benson - Crew 205
Andrew Bushong - Crew 205
Maribel Frank - Crew 205
Justin Jacobs - Crew 228
Lucas Murray - Crew 131

Hannah Foster - Ship 509