Venturing is a youth development program of the BSA for young men and women who are 14 (or have completed the 8th grade and are at least 13) through 20 years of age.
Venturing’s purpose is to provide a positive experience to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and community organizations.
Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills and to become good citizens.
Venturing Exploring Xperience – VEX
Patriots’ Path has formed its very own VOA-like structure called the VEX (Venturing Exploring Xperience)! VOA is an acronym for Venturing Officers Association. The purpose of this structure is to support Venturing on a council level.
More information on the VEX can be found here: https://ppcbsa.org/committees/youth-executive/venturing-exploring-xperience/
- Organizing a Crew
- Areas of Emphasis
- Venturing Goals
- Venturing Methods
- Venturing Crew Specialties
- Ethics in Action
Organizing a Crew
- Use school survey or other recruitment methods to determine the youth’s recreational, hobby and avocation interest.
- Meet with key people within an organization, with a Scouting representative. The Scouting rep explains the Venturing program, describes the key volunteer leader positions and plans the recruiting of adult leaders.
- Crew committee and advisors are recruited and meet with the Scouting rep. Responsibilities of adult leaders are explained. Program ideas are discussed and a one-year program is developed.
- The organization’s top executive writes a personal letter to each youth selected by the survey or other recruitment efforts, and invites the youth and their parents to an organizational meeting. The letter is followed up by a personal phone call from a member of the organization to each prospective youth.
- The first meeting is held, involving young adults, the adult committee, and selected consultants. Adult Advisors share the program plans with the new Venturers (youth) and discuss member involvement and leadership roles through the election of youth officers.
Areas of Emphasis
Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocations or hobby interests. Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis.
- Citizenship: Develop a better understanding of America’s social, economic, and governmental systems. Encourage pride in our American heritage.
- Leadership: Develop leadership skills. Prepare to fulfill responsibilities to American society and to the people of the world.
- Fitness: Improve mental, emotional, and physical fitness and an appreciation for sports. Develop ethical decision-making skills.
- Social: Instill stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts. Develop skill in dealing with all people and encourage a sense of family and community responsibility.
- Outdoor: Develop a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness. Understand and appreciate the wise use of resources and the protection of our environment.
- Service: Encourage the skill and desire to help others. Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others.
- Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling values of the Venturing Oath and Code.
- Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
- Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and other groups.
- Acquire skills in the Crew Specialties of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, youth ministries or Sea Scouting.
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.
- Voluntary association between youth and adults
- Ethical decision-making
- Group activities
- Recognition of achievement
- Democratic process
- Curiosity, exploration and adventure
Venturing Crew Specialties
The program of every Venturing crew revolves around a special avocation or hobby interest of the youth members and adult leaders. Youth members have the interest and the adult leaders provide the resources and expertise.
There are hundreds of different specialties that a Venturing crew may pursue. Venturing crews, depending on their special interest, will be part of a specialty cluster. These specialty disciplines include:
- Youth Ministry
- Sea Scouting
Ethics in Action
An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future. Venturing uses “ethical controversies” to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflects their concern for what a risk is and how it will affect others involved.
Venturing Exploring Xperience – Visit our VEX page for information on training and events for the Venturing, Exploring and Sea Scout programs!
Start a Crew
What a Venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of the adult and youth leaders and members of the crew.
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NEW VENTURING RECRUITMENT MATERIALS!
The VEX committee has put together a new recruitment material list to better serve crews!