Council Venturing Committee
The council has a great committee supporting the Venturing Officers Association (VOA). If you are interested in becoming more involved at the council level, consider joining one of our committee meetings. The committee typically meets in January, March and September. Check the calendar for specific dates.
October 20, 2015
Venturing Forums are held three times a year, and are a great resource and fun opportunity for your entire Venturing crew. Each forum includes a chance to get to know fellow Venturers from across the council and features a program packed with ideas and opportunities for your crew to take advantage of and implement into its annual program plan. The council’s youth Venturing officers take the lead in driving this program and making it a great experience for both the youth and adults in the Venturing program. Bring the whole crew or ship – and prospective Venturers! Venturing Forums are held at the Cockrell Scout Center at 7:00 pm.
Venturing Program Changes
There were several updates made to the Venturing program effective January 1, 2015.
National Youth Leadership Seminar (NYLT)
December 26-31, 2015
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
More Information and Registration
February 26-28, 2016
The Venturing Challenge is a weekend campout at a Bovay Scout Ranch. This event is intended to be an opportunity for the youth to bring prospective Venturers and Sea Scouts to a council-wide activity. The weekend is filled with games, movies, crew against crew competitions, campfire program. Last year's theme was the highland games.
Lead the Adventure
April 8-10 and April 22-24, 2016
Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program activities into their crew, ship or troop. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and young adults age 14 and older are eligible to attend; there are no restrictions on attending the course a second time. This course is limited to 48 participants, adult and youth.
BeAScout.org is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. BeAScout.org has a Google pin for every unit. Is your unit information up to date, or do you have the unit leader from three years ago as your contact? Unit leaders can update your unit information to make it EASY for new Scouting families to find your unit by logging into myscouting.org and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on Unit Pin Management.
August 12-14, 2016
The Venturing Extravaganza is the end-of-the-summer activity for all Venturers, Sea Scouts and your friends who are thinking about joining the program. Make it a full weekend or part of the weekend. Venturers can camp, or just enjoy a long, summer day. The Venturing Extravaganza is being held at Bovay Scout Ranch and offers a chance to relax, do as much, or as little as you want, visit with old friends and make new friends, enjoy meals prepared for you, and of course, engage in a lot of fun activities.
The theme for the weekend is Venturing in Time – Come join us at the various program areas where you and your friends can participate in shooting sports, slip & slide, and much much more!! And remember, we kick-off Friday night with a movie.
If you are interested in a leadership position in the Venturing Officers Association, then the Summit is the place for campaigning. Elections will be held on Saturday for the offices of Council Venturing President, Vice-President of Program, and Vice-President of Administration. We will follow the procedures outlined in the VOA By-Laws. Be sure you bring your VOA nomination form (signed by your Crew / Ship Advisor). Saturday evening is a very special time. There is the annual awards banquet where your peers and leadership will be presented with recognition for their work in the Venturing and Sea Scout programs. At the banquet the new Venturing Officer’s Association leadership will be announced.