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Do Scouts in the Venturing program work on Merit Badges like Boy Scouts do? We have a Venturing Crew in our area associated with the Fire Dept.

They have contacted us about doing some joint activities. Most of them have never camped so they want to learn camping skills and they will teach our boys fire and rescue skills.

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Any male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward the Star, Life and Eagle ranks up to his 18th birthday So yes they can EARN merit badges provided; 1. They are Male. 2. They have already earned the First Class rank. Wait! Your question was DO they work on merit badges. Depends on the Crew and the Crew President, but only those meeting requirement 1 & 2 can get official credit toward Eagle.

LongHaul

 

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Lynda,

 

It depends.

 

As LongHaul said, Venturers who are young ladies may not use the Boy Scout rank advancement system. Period.

 

Venturers who are young men and who joined before achieving the rank of First Class Scout may not use the Boy Scout rank advancement system in the Crew.

 

Venturers who are young men, who joined after reaching the rank of First Class, AND who are not yet 18 years old may use the Boy Scout rank advancement system.

 

Of course, there is still the small matter of what Crew Members have decided for themselves on advancement. If the Crew decides: Boy Scout work in a Troop, Venturer work in a Crew, that's their call.

 

 

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"Do Scouts in the Venturing program work on Merit Badges like Boy Scouts do?"

 

There are no Scouts in the Venturing program. Those youth involved in the Venturing program are called 'Venturers', not Scouts.

 

Others have covered the rules on Venturers earning merit badges and other Boy Scout advancement. Typically, most crews will not spend their program time working on merit badges and other Boy Scout advancement, tho members of the crew might spend their time doing so.

 

hope we've answered your question.

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Lynda,

 

Just another FYI...

 

The "Blue Card" or Application for Merit Badge (Form 34124 / 1996 edition) previously had Explorer and Post on the card. But was updated to Form 34124A / 1999 edition, to include the word Venturer/Sea Scout and Crew/Ship.

 

Venture On!

Crew 21 Adv

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