Venturing Leadership Award

The Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code.

VLA Nomination Form

The award nomination deadline has been extended to June 1. Send nomination forms to Venturing professional staff advisor

The awards are presented during the Venturing Banquet.


Venturing Leadership Award candidates must be registered and involved in Venturing as a Venturer for at least one year. They must hold a leadership position or office on the unit, district, council, area, region or national level (as appropriate for the level of award presented). The candidate must show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers on the level appropriate for the award.

Quota Restrictions

Councils may present two awards per year for up to 50 crews/ships and one additional award per year for each fraction of 25 crews/ships above 50. For example, for 51 registered crews/ships, three awards may be presented; for 78 crews/ships, four awards could be presented.


Venturing youth may be recommended at the council, area, region, or national level by completing the Venturing Leadership Award candidate information form. An additional sheet with 200 words or less explaining why the candidate should receive the award and letters of recommendation (from school, church, clubs, etc.) must be provided with the information form.