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The Queen's Venturer Award

Venturer

The Queen's Venturer Award is presented to Venturers who have acquired competence
and skill that will be of considerable use to themselves, their company, and their
community. These Venturers will have also been recognized by the company, the
advisor, and Scouts Canada as being worthy of receiving this Award.

The Queen's Venturer Award signifies that a Venturer has, in the opinion of those who
know the Venturer, both the character and ability to be of significant help to other people.
The Award consists of a cloth emblem and a parchment certificate, signed by the
Governor-General.

Requirements

To be eligible for the Queen's Venturer Award you must complete the following
requirements to the satisfaction of the company and advisor.

1. Hold the Venturer Award, OR demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.


(You may count the qualifications earned while attaining these awards in the
following requirements.)

The Venturer Award is presented to a Venturer upon the decision of the


Venturer Company executive and the advisor, having satisfied themselves that
the Venturer:

• Has earned all six of the Activity Awards (see below for requirements).
• Has taken an approved course of leadership training, such as one of the
following:
1. Scouter-in-Training course - Scouts Canada
2. Ministry or Department of Education leadership course
3. YM/YWCA leadership training course
4. Church Counsellor’s
5. Junior Achievement Program, or equivalent alternative
• Has successfully acted as a member of the executive for one (1) term, or
as a project chairman for at least one event.

2. Hold a current St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross Society Standard
level First Aid Certificate.
3. Hold the World Conservation Award. (see end of this document)
4. Be currently certified in a service skill (e.g. Bronze Medallion, YMCA
Lifesaving Certificate, Canadian Ski Patrol Certificate, Search and Rescue, Power
Squadron, youth camp counsellor, staff member at a camp for handicapped
children, children's traffic safety program instructor).
5. Complete a minimum of fifty (50) hours service of your choice for which you
received no monetary reward. (Note: you may apply the service time given
toward earning the Service Activity Award OR the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
(Silver level) to this total requirement.)
6. Act as an activity leader or Scouter-in-Training at no less then eight meeting s
or activities. Where there is no colony, pack, or troop, you may substitute a Boys'
or Girls' Club, 4H Club, YM/YWCA or similar youth club or organization. You
may also substitute twelve hours service at a Beaver, Cub, or Scout camp actively
working with youth.
7. Demonstrate leadership in a peer environment by being actively involved for a
period of time with a decision-making body (e.g. youth forums, student council,
round tables, etc.).
8. Demonstrate your commitment to the Venturer Promise by:

a. Earning the Blue Stage Religion in Life Award in your


church,

OR

b. Successfully completing a recognized course in world


religions,

OR

c. Other active demonstrations of your continuing spirituality


to the satisfaction of your company and advisor.

Venturer Program Activity Awards

Personal Interest • Working with someone knowledgeable in your personal


Award interest, set your own list of acceptable standards.
requirements • Work on your personal interest project for a period of not
less than 12 months.
• Show that genuine effort and progress has been made.

• Demonstrate proficiency in the interest on which you have


been working.

Service Award • Select a Service Skill and complete the required training,
requirements either with your Company or individually. Then with your
Company or individually, select a service project which
uses your new skill and complete at least twenty-five (25)
hours of service in that project.
OR

Select a number of service projects and complete at least fifty


(50) hours of combined service.

Personal Fitness • After researching at least two (2) of the following,


Award creatively share what you learned with others (i.e.
requirements Company, Scout Troop, Youth group)
1. personal health, nutrition and hygiene needed to
keep in good condition
2. effects of drugs, including nicotine and alcohol
3. the long term effects of high protein, high fat diets,
excessive use of salt and sugar, and artificial
sweeteners and such preservatives as monosodium
glutamate, sodium nitrate and nitrite
4. understand the need for physical conditioning.
• In season, play regularly on a team for at least two (2)
sports (one winter, one summer), such as hockey, rugby,
soccer, baseball, basketball, football, water polo, lacrosse,
floor hockey, volleyball - or one (1) team sport and one (1)
solo sport such as swimming, gym program, track & field,
etc. Understand and be able to interpret the rules and
regulations of the chosen sport,
OR
Plan a personal active program of at least one (1) year's
duration involving two individual sports such as tennis,
golf, bowling, curling, boxing, judo, karate, kayaking,
swimming, cycling, skiing (water or snow), ice or roller
skating, aquatics (canoeing, sailing, rowing). Understand
and be able to interpret the rules and regulations of the
chosen sport,
OR
With a friend or another Venturer, physically prepare for
and take part in an outdoor expedition of at least three (3)
days duration and forty-eight (48) kilometers by bicycle or
canoe. Share your physical fitness program with your
company.

• Along with the Company Executive, set up and have the


Company participate in an inter-company sports activity.
This could be a team or an individual challenge, such as
table tennis, basketball, bowling, curling, soccer, tennis,
baseball.
Vocational • Select two (2) occupations which are of interest to you and
Award for each:
requirements 1. Visit a location where people in these occupations
are employed.
2. Discuss the occupation with at least two (2) people
presently employed in each occupation to discover
its purpose and other points of interest to you.
• Investigate the training required for each occupation in
terms of:
1. Various locations where training is available (if
more than one).
2. The course of study required.
3. The subjects taken.
4. Cost of tuition
5. Cost of living accommodation and travel if the
source of training is away from home.
6. Sources of financial assistance, if available (student
loans, scholarships, bursaries).
7. Approximate starting salary.
• Investigate present and future opportunities for employment
in each of these occupations.

Following your investigation, share your findings with your


Company.

Social & Cultural • Complete at least one (1) activity within each Area (Social,
Award Cultural, Spiritual) which interests you.
requirements • With your Advisor, determine what you wish to discover,
where you will look for answers, and just how you plan to
make an investigation into each topic.

Upon completion, make a presentation to your Company on one


(1) topic. The presentation should include the purpose of your
activity, the work you did on it, and your conclusions. The
presentation should be creative, possibly including photos,
slides, tapes, movies, or a guest speaker.
Exploration Section 1 – Discovery
Award
Requirements • Complete any two (2) of the following in this section:

1. Visit a place of interest involving an overnight stay


and at least a total of twenty-four (24) kilometers
walking; OR sixty-four (64) kilometers cycling; OR
one hundred and ninety-four kilometers by car,
train, or bus; OR at an equivalent level by means of
your own choosing.
2. Participate in the planning and organizing of an
overnight of the Company's choosing to a Venturer
Company at least eighty (80) kilometers away from
your headquarters. Participate in the organization
and execution of a joint activity with the Venturer
Company visited.

• Over a winter, spring, summer or autumn season,


practice an outdoor hobby (no sports), e.g. photography,
sketching, bird watching, leaf collecting, and make a report
or visual presentation of at least fifteen (15) minutes to the
Company describing the hobby.

Section 2 – Challenge

• Working in small groups or as a Company, complete


any two (2) of the following:
1. Plan, organize and participate in an overnight
hiking, canoeing, or cycling camping
expedition to explore and map a trail, stream,
etc. On return, present your findings to the
Company.
2. Plan, organize and participate in an overnight
camping expedition utilizing lightweight or a
minimum of equipment to a point of interest
chosen by the Company. Use transportation
available to the Company. On return, present
your learnings to the Company.

Build and furnish an igloo or winter shelter and live in and


around the shelter for twenty-four (24) hours. Hike, snowshoe
or ski at least 1.6km each way into an area in which the igloo
or shelter is to be located, carrying or sledding all necessary
equipment. On return, present your learnings to the Company.

Section 3 - Skills & Knowledge


• Complete one (1) of the two:
1. Select a campsite, pitch and erect a tent and
stow gear. Select and set up a food presentation
area; plan, cook and serve a camp meal; gather
and chop or saw wood if appropriate; remain in
this location over two (2) nights; leave a clean
campsite. Upon return, describe to others how
you were environmentally friendly.
2. Assemble, describe and display winter and
summer survival kits and explain their use.
Develop the skill of identifying and gathering
edible roots and berries, and constructing
winter and summer shelters with a minimum
number of tools. Describe and explain what to
do if lost in the wilderness.
• Complete any one (1) of the following:
1. Name the main parts of a hand and felling axe,
explain the care of axes and how to replace an
axe handle. Name the parts and care of a
hunting knife or pocket knife. Demonstrate
ability in the uses of axes and knives in the
construction of a natural shelter.
2. Construct a home or camp weather station
consisting of a reliable thermometer correctly
mounted away from the direct sun, a
homemade rain gauge, a homemade
anemometer, or wind gauge. Take daily
observation of cloud formations, precipitation,
temperature and wind for sixty (60) days.
3. Demonstrate the tying and practical and use of
ten (10) knots, bends, lashings or whippings by
making a model of a simple camp tower or
bridge.
• Complete any one (1) of the following:
1. Be able to describe and identify ten (10) birds,
their eggs and nesting habits. Birds selected
should be native to your own province or
region.

• Be able to identify ten (10) animals (excluding


domestic animals), the size of their litters and the
means of feeding their young. Animals selected should
be native to your own province or region.
• Be able to describe and identify ten (10)
species of trees and their bark, leaves and fruit (where
applicable) in your own province or region, and
commercial usage, if any.

• Section 4 – Conservation

Investigate a make a presentation to the Company on


any two (2) of the following subjects. The presentation
must be of at least ten (10) minutes duration and can
be illustrated by any means of your choosing. A group
of Venturers can investigate and make a joint
presentation; however, it would then have to be of at
least twenty (20) minutes duration and should be
illustrated.
1. Animal conservation or plant conservation
2. Air conservation
3. Water or sea conservation
4. Soil conservation
5. Mineral conservation
6. Ecology
7. Governmental conservation measures
8. Volunteer conservation groups
9. What any industry or company is doing about
conservation
10. A subject of your own choosing which deals
with any aspect of conservation or ecology.

NOTE: You might want to submit your findings in


some kind of presentation to an organization, whether
government, business or community association that
has a direct interest in your field of study.
The World Conservation Award

Venturer

Requirements

1. What constitutes the natural environment? As a group, discover the answer with
your advisor and / or a specialist in this field, and find out the effect that mankind
has on this environment. Explain how man is disturbing the balance of nature, and
what we must do to regain the essential balance. Include some of these discussion
points:

• the meaning of such terms as ecology conservation, environment, balance of


nature, life cycle, food chain, biocides, recycling, photosynthesis, organic and
inorganic material, biodegradable materials, humus, carrying capacity, and non-
renewable material;
• the effects of fire, deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, water pollution, air
pollution, and the effects of man in general (overpopulation, tourism, etc.);
• how the extinction of animal and plant species affects the ecological balance; the
impact of human hunting activities and threat of predators (analyze and evaluate
any differences); and
• Design and implement a project that will reduce GHG emissions in your home,
community, school or other location collectively by 1 tonne. Use an online
calculator or other resources to calculate what you've accomplished.

2. Take part in Scoutrees as a Venturer. With Scouts, Cubs or Beavers, tell them
about what Scouting has accomplished and teach them how Scoutrees has helped
with climate change.

Become aware of major conservation organizations and institutions in


Canada and in the world. On a map show and learn about the major nature
reserves in Canada, and why they have been created. Know where to
obtain information on federal and provincial conservation laws.