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Building TRUST Venturing award recognizes duty to God.

HOW DID THAT NORTHERN TIER TRIP COME ABOUT? The troop was taking two crews, and there were still two or three open slots that week. We only had about seven youth who were interested in going, but we were also coming up on our recruit- ing event.

SO YOU TOOK THE PLUNGE? They chose to use their hard-earned money and place a deposit for two crews, knowing that they barely had enough to fill one crew. They didn’t want to have five or six kids join the crew and then not be able to go to Northern Tier. It gave them the drive to go out and recruit a little harder.

DID THE GAMBLE PAY OFF? We took 10 youth and six adults.

SOME SCOUTERS ARE AFRAID OF COED ACTIVITIES. YOUR TAKE? I always advocate for coed crews. People say, “Boys don’t act the same around girls” or “They try to impress the girls.” That’s exactly the point. At this age, they need to get used to working with members of the opposite sex.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR OTHER VENTURING LEADERS? Dare to fail. We put the Northern Tier trip together thinking, “Man, this is gonna be tough.” We had some doubts, but we took the risk anyway and were rewarded for it later. ¿

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VENTURING OFFERS THREE expert awards: Ranger for outdoor skills, Quest for sports and TRUST for reli- gious and community life. Here’s an introduction to the TRUST Award.

WHY HAVE A TRUST AWARD? Duty to God is embedded in all levels of the Scouting program. Moreover, most Venturing crews are chartered to religious institutions, so religious exploration is a natural part of their Venturing experience. (All Venturers, regardless of their chartered organization, are eligible to earn the award.)

PURPOSE: It helps Venturers learn about faith and culture. It promotes under- standing and tolerance. It teaches Venturers how to resolve conflict. It helps Venturers understand religion and culture across the globe and within the context of Scouting. It develops trained Venturers who can become a resource for packs, troops, schools and the community. And it provides Venturers a variety of practical, hands-on expe- riences while having fun.

TRUST STANDS FOR: Tending your faith, Respecting the beliefs of others, Understanding other cultures, Serving your com- munity and Transforming

our society. The concept of trust is integral to the award. Today young people live in an increasingly pluralistic society made up of multiple nationalities, cultures and religions. One way to work toward a positive future is to learn to get along and work together.

REQUIREMENTS: Each of the five sections include two to four core requirements; all but the first section also include four or five elec- tives, one of which must be completed for each section. In the Respecting section, for example, a Venturer must talk with an expert about freedom of religion and research religious groups in his or her community (core requirements) and do an elective like attending a reli- gious service of a faith group other than his or her own.

HOW DOES THE TRUST AWARD RELATE TO THE RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS PROGRAM? As part of the Tending requirements, a Venturer must earn the reli- gious emblem for his or her faith. (If such an emblem doesn’t exist, he or she must complete a similar program of religious discovery.)

WHO COUNSELS THE AWARD? Venturers work with a religious leader or with consultants in a related field.


REQUIRED TIME TO COMPLETE: It depends, but several requirements involve work over a six- month period.

RECOGNITION ITEMS: A medal (No. 14268) featur- ing the world enveloped in a pair of silver hands (seen above). The medal is sus- pended from a ribbon with a solid field of purple. Also available are a certificate (No. 32284) and a pocket card (No. 32285).

HOW WILL THE TRUST AWARD FIT INTO THE NEW VENTURING ADVANCEMENT? The award (along with Ranger and Quest) will still be available under the new Venturing model, which will roll out in May 2014. Requirements will change because one prerequisite, the Religious and Commun ity Life Bronze Award, will be discontinued. ¿

FIND MORE INFO in the TRUST Award Handbook (No. 33154) and at trustaward.


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