Venturing Leadership Award
Nominations due June 1, 2016
The Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) is presented by councils, areas, regions, and the BSA National Council to Venturers who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code. Send nomination forms to Chris Hogue. The awards are presented during the Venturing Banquet.
VLA Nomination Form
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).
October 18, 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
National Scout Jamboree
July 19-28, 2017
Venturers can attend the National Scout Jamboree. Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree. The jamboree will be held July 19-28, 2017. To keep up with the latest information, visit the Summit website.
Scouts and Scouters will explore all kinds of adventures—stadium shows, pioneer village, Garden Ground hikes, adventure sports, patch trading, and more—in the heart of one of nature’s greatest playgrounds. With 10,000 acres at the Summit to explore, there’s no shortage of opportunities to build Scouting memories. The cost to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree has been lowered for youth and adult council contingent members due to the fact that the contingent will no longer be traveling to Washington, D.C. before the Jamboree. The price is now more affordable and Scouts enjoy the best of Scouting rolled into 10 days of fun, friends, and adventure. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible Scouting experience.
Register for Council Contingent Register for Jamboree Staff Register for Operation Arrow (Order of the Arrow)
Venturing Program Changes
There were several updates made to the Venturing program effective January 1, 2015.
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.
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.