August 12, 2023 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop W
Houston, Texas 77008
Venturing Banquet is an opportunity to celebrate all of the Venturers in the Sam Houston Area Council. The fun-filled evening begins with the midway from 6:00 - 7:00 pm filled with new and exciting activities for Ventures and crews to enjoy throughout the year. The VOA elections will be held before dinner. After dinner, Venturers and advisors will be recognized for their outstanding work over the past year. This is an opportunity to honor those who have achieved the Summit Award and to recognize the Venturing Leadership Award recipients. Bring the whole crew or ship – and prospective Venturers!
Tickets are $20 per Scout and Scouter. After 8/9/2022, tickets are $27. Pay using credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy
Venturing Officer Association (VOA) Elections
Venturing Officer Association (VOA) elections will be held before the banquet for the offices of council Venturing president, vice-president of program, and vice-president of administration. Those Venturers that are interested in running for office, need to complete the nomination form, have it signed by their advisor and sent with a photo and a bio of no more than 200 words to the council office by August 1st. The earlier the nomination form is submitted, the longer candidates have to campaign and promote their candidacy on the social media site and have their bio posted on the Venturing website.
Venturing Leadership Award
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.
VLA Nomination Form
The award nomination deadline has been extended to June 1. Send nomination forms to Venturing professional staff advisor. The awards are presented during the Venturing Banquet.
Requirements: Venturing Leadership Award candidates must be registered and involved in Venturing as a Venturer for at least one year. They must hold a leadership position or office on the unit, district, council, area, region or national level (as appropriate for the level of award presented). The candidate must show exceptional dedication and give outstanding leadership and service to Venturing and to Venturers on the level appropriate for the award.
Quota Restrictions: Councils may present two awards per year for up to 50 crews/ships and one additional award per year for each fraction of 25 crews/ships above 50. For example, for 51 registered crews/ships, three awards may be presented; for 78 crews/ships, four awards could be presented.
Procedures: Venturing youth may be recommended at the council, area, region, or national level by completing the Venturing Leadership Award candidate information form. An additional sheet with 200 words or less explaining why the candidate should receive the award and letters of recommendation (from school, church, clubs, etc.) must be provided with the information form.