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Similarities & Differences
Exploring and Venturing

The following chart displays the differences and similarities between the Exploring, Venturing, and Sea Scouting programs.

Unit Type Explorer Posts Venturing Crews Sea Scouting Ships
Adult Leader Title Post Advisors Crew Advisors Ship Skippers and Mates
Membership Co-ed Co-ed Co-ed
Membership Participants in Learning for Life
are NOT Members of BSA
Members of BSA Members of BSA
Orientation Career Oriented Scouting Oriented Scouting Oriented with a Naval/Boating Emphasis
Sponsors Participating Organization Chartering Organization Chartering Organization
Advancement No Advancement Program

Scouts that reach First Class in a Troop or Team
remain eligible to advance to Eagle Scout

Venturers work on the Venturing, Discovery,
Pathfinder, and Summit Awards,
plus Ranger, Quest, and TRUST Awards

Scouts that reach First Class in a Troop or Team
remain eligible to advance to Eagle Scout

Sea Scouts work on the Apprentice, Ordinary,
Able, and Quartermaster Ranks
and the Long Cruise and Seal Awards

Page updated on: January 25, 2023

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