Venturing Forum
May 3, 2016 
Get to know fellow Venturers from across the council and participate in a program packed with ideas and opportunities for your Crew to take advantage of and implement into its annual program plan. Bring the whole crew or ship – and prospective Venturers!  Venturing Forums start at 7:00 pm and is held at the Cockrell Scout center.

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Program Preview
May Roundtables

Program Preview is conducted during district roundtables in May. Every unit will receive a copy of the council's Program Guide.

To help support your unit’s annual planning process, information will be available on all the fun, exciting events that are planned for the upcoming year. 

Every crew should send at least one representative to May roundtable.

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Venturing Banquet
August 13, 2016

The Venturing Banquet is the annual awards banquet where Venturers and leadership will be presented with recognition for their work in the Venturing Officer’s Association (VOA). At the banquet the new VOA leadership will be announced.

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Sales Training
July 21 & 23 2016

This sales training will help participants learn how to increase unit fundraising efforts. The training is being conducted by a professional sales coach who has helped units across the country increase their sales revenue dramatically (an average of 14 percent). 

Skills learned apply to all types of fundraising. Every unit should send at least one representative to one of the trainings.

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Astros Scout Days
July 24, 2016 vs. Angels
August 28, 2016 vs. Rays

Join the Houston Astros and celebrate Scout Day at Minute Maid Park. 

Arrive early to participate in a pregame parade and stay late for a post game run around the bases! 

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National Scout Jamboree
July 19-28, 2017
New reduced price

The jamboree is a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Held once every four years, Boy Scouts and Venturers come together for 10 days of adventure at the Summit Bechtel National Family Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

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Tellepsen Scout Camp

Troops, teams, and crews can make reservations for Tellepsen Scout Camp. Scouts can participate in canoeing, archery, rifle shooting, shot gun shooting and climbing.

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Venturing Forum

May 3, 2016

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 Advisor Position-Specific Training

May 21, 2016

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training provides participants with an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. There is no charge for training. This course can now be taken online.

Register for May 21

Wilderness First Aid Training

April 30 - May 1, 2016 in Bastrop, TX

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Course prerequisites: Minimum age 14; current certification in an adult CPR course; completion of AED training.  The course is a 16-hour curriculum and is valid for two years.

This program is designed especially for Venture age youth training with their adult leaders. Fees include overnight accommodations and all meals beginning with Saturday lunch. We have an optional program Friday evening for our youth participants. Camping is available Friday night for those with long travel distances. Complete details will be provided with your registration packet. The cost is $95 and includes meals.


Venturing Program Changes

There were several updates made to the Venturing program effective January 1, 2015.

Venturing Updates

Venturers do that? Here’s a list of every Venturing crew specialty from 2015

Think of pretty much anything teenagers enjoy, and there’s probably a Venturing crew that specializes in it. Running? Check. Rock climbing? Yep. Dancing? Indeed.

While the most-popular Venturing crew specialities are the catch-all categories of “general interest,” “high adventure” and “camping/backpacking/hiking,” a look at the complete list reveals there’s more to Venturing than you might think. The list may even give you some ideas of ways to engage teenagers in your area who aren’t into hiking or camping.

That’s why Venturing rocks: It’s flexible. It can be customized to meet the interests of the young people in your crew.  Check out the Scouting Magazine blog for a list of all 56 specialties.

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. is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. 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 and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on Unit Pin Management.

Venturing Banquet

August 15, 2016

The Venturing Banquet is the annual awards banquet where Venturers 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.

If you are interested in a leadership position in the Venturing Officers Association (VOA), details will be provided soon. 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).