Venturing Youth Leadership Training

These National courses are designed as part of the new Venturing Recognition program to help older Scouts learn more about their Scouting role and advanced leadership skills.

Personal Safety Awareness

Required for: Venturing Award

This course is formatted as an instructor-led discussion that follows the presentation of a video with multiple scenarios. The intended audience is young men and women, 14 through 20 years of age. This age group represents the transition period between childhood and adulthood, during which youth learn how to fulfill their adult roles. The learning process often creates perilous situations; to avoid harm, teens need to recognize and react to them appropriately. This video contains four dramatizations of incidents typical of those encountered by many teenagers. The dramatizations are intended to serve as catalysts for discussion by teen audience.  The DVD is also available through the Council office.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews

Required for: Discovery Award, Summit Award

The Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews Course (ILSC) has been created to help Venturers learn and practice the attitudes and skills that good leaders demonstrate. The course is a series of lessons divided into three modules: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Crews. The syllabus contains six and a half hours of instruction, but a course length may vary depending on facilitators’ choice of games, the content chosen for more extensive discussion, and the needs of the crew. This course can also be referred to its abbreviation which is ILSC which was updated in 2022.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships

Required for: Discovery Award, Summit Award

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. This course can also be referred to its abbreviation which is ILSS.

Crew Officer Orientation

Required for: Discovery Award

This training module is geared primarily to Venturing youth that are elected into positions as officers within their Venturing crew, but it can also be used by adult leaders to learn the duties of the officers in the crew. This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills. This course can also be referred to its abbreviation which is COO.

Goal Setting & Time Management Training

Required for: Discovery Award

This course will provides a fun, interactive learning experience in learning Time Management in a in a 3 ½ hour time period. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew.

Project Management Training

Required for: Pathfinder Award

The goal of this document is to provide you with an understanding of project management and the tools, techniques and templates that you can use to effectively work on a project successfully. Outlined in this course are steps that will enable you and your project team to plan and manage a project from conception to conclusion; in this process, you’ll meet everyone’s expectations. The course will start by providing a basic understanding of project management concepts, and then in plain everyday words explain how a project manager and team can effectively: define the project, organize the work, create a plan, and work the plan to a successful conclusion. As a project manager, you will start to develop the skills necessary to lead and manage successful initiatives.

Mentoring for Venturing

Required for: Summit Award

This course will provides an interactive learning experience on Mentoring in a in a 2 hours. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew.

Other Venturing Youth Training Opportunities


Youth Leadership Continuum

The Boy Scouts of America provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their leadership skills in the unit, in the local council, and at national training centers

National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and crews.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Expierence

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, and uses the core elements of NYLT to help youth internalize and strengthen these skills. The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience course is now available at all national high-adventure bases. The material presented is basically the same at all four venues but is site-specific.

Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

Order of the Arrow National Leadership Seminar

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership. The program enhances the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format complements the longer, more detailed Wood Badge program (for adults) and Junior Leadership Training program (for youth). During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

Wood Badge

Established in 1919 by Robert Baden-Powell,Scouting’s founder, Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters around the world. As the challenges in the world have changed, Wood Badge has also evolved to give leaders the skills they need to strengthen Scouting in meaningful ways.

The Wood Badge course brings together leaders from all areas of Scouting—CubScouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing—and all levels of Boy Scouts of America professional staff. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course also draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.

Wood Badge is open to all Venturing Scouts who are at least 18 years of age by the start of the course. You must hold an officer’s position within your unit and be trained in your current crew or ship’s position to take Wood Badge.