Path to Summit

 Path to Summit

An Advancement Opportunity for Green Crew Leadership members

The Venturing rank advancement program helps you grow as a leader, environmental activist, and person with skills that will help bring your vision into reality!

The first step in any journey is the courage to begin. The Green Crew Leadership members are part of the BSA Venturing program and can participate in the Venturing rank advancement program. The Venturing rank advancement program helps you grow as a leader, environmental activist, and person with skills that will help bring your personal vision into reality! Ranks provide a structure for developing goals that can include recognition from mentors or peers alike – it’s up to YOU how much success we experience together!!

The Venturing advancement has four ranks:

  • All Venturers should earn the Venturing Rank soon after formally joining the program.
  • Venturers then proceed by earning the Discovery Rank and Pathfinder Rank.
  • Finally, Venturers earn the Summit Rank, in which a young person formally serves as a mentor to other Venturers in their crew.

The Green Crew’s adoption of the venturing program is extraordinarily flexible. The ranks help Venturers’ growth and development as leaders in the Crew and the Community.

Venturing Rank

Green Crew leadership members earn the Venturing Rank shortly after joining the leadership team. The focus of the rank is joining the Crew. The rank is earned by participating in a Crew activity, reflecting with the Crew President and Advisor on your goals for participation in the Green Crew’s leadership, taking the Personal Safety Awareness training, and participating in our leadership induction ceremony. 

Discovery Rank

A Green Crew member generally earns the Discovery rank by completing their first year on the leadership team. The focus of the rank is participating in leadership. The rank is earned by completing:

  • at least 24 hours of Crew adventures, including at least two of our more advanced adventures, 
  • First Aid and CPR training, 
  • the Crew leadership training:   Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, Goal Setting and Time Management Training, Venturing Crew Officer Orientation.
  • A structured Personal Reflection focusing on one area of personal development
  • An Advisor Conference and a 
  • Crew Board of Review

All of these activities are integrated into the standard Green Crew annual calendar. 

Pathfinder Rank

Green Crew members can earn the Pathfinder Rank upon completion of their second or third year on the leadership team. The focus of the rank is leadership. The rank is earned by completing: 

  • at least 36 hours of Crew adventures, including at least two of our more advanced adventures,
  • Complete Venturing Project Management Training.
  • Serve in one of the Crew’s Executive Leadership positions
  • Be the Adventure Director for a Tier II or Tier III Adventure
  • Be the Adventure Director for a Crew Recruitment Activity (e.g., Open House)  
  • Participate in a qualified leadership training program (i.e., NYLT)
  • Explore the two realms (“Adventures of Faith,” “Adventures of Self,” or “Adventures of Others”) that you did not explore previously. Based on what you discover, prepare a set of personal reflections or thoughts on the subjects.
  • Set two personal goals related to your personal development and achieve them.
  • An Advisor Conference and a 
  • Crew Board of Review

Summit Rank

The highest rank of Venturing, the Summit Rank, goes to those Venturers who have matured in their personal direction, skills, and life competencies and have accepted the responsibility to mentor others and serve their communities in a lasting way.  Earning the Summit Rank will be very rare.  The focus of the Summit Rank is on mentoring. The rank is earned by completing: 

  • Participate in at least three additional (for a total of seven) Tier II or Tier III adventures,
  • Complete BSA Mentoring Training,
  • Serve in one of the Crew’s Executive Leadership positions,
  • Participate in a qualified leadership training program (i.e., NAYLE)
  • Lead the delivery of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
  • Be the Adventure Director for an approved Tier II or Tier III Adventure (prefer a Distinguished Conservation Award qualified project)
  • Complete a structured personal reflection.
  • Create a personal code of conduct.
  • Lead an ethical controversy and conflict resolution scenario with members of your Venturing crew. 
  • An Advisor Conference and a 
  • Crew Board of Review

The BSA venturing advancement program is fully integrated into the Green Crew programming. This provides our Leadership members an opportunity to use the Venturing ranks as a benchmark and recognition of their own development as leaders.

No. Only Green Crew leadership members will be eligible to participate in the rank advancement. All Green Crew members 13-21 are eligible to be part of the leadership. All members who express a desire to be part of the leadership are provided the opportunity -- and are then eligible to participate in rank advancement.

No, there will be Green Crew Leadership members who choose not to participate in rank advancement, and that is fully supported by the program.

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