Developing a Venture/Varsity Program
Edward Rogers (erogers@PPPL.GOV)
Fri, 8 Apr 1994 15:02:22 -0400
Our Troop will be moving up three senior patrols into a
Venture/Varsity program after the summer camping season. The Adult and
Junior leadership of the troop would like to promote both the Varsity and
Venture programs in one combined annual program plan. This would mean that
members of the crews would also be members of both the Venture and Varsity
Scouting Program. The plan is to rotate crew leaders according to the
program being offered.
We would like to maintain the patrols as 3 seperate crews for at
least the first year. Each crew would maintain it current size of 10-12
scouts. The Troop purposely keeps the patrols large to ensure all the
patrol duties are supported even when several scouts from one patrol are
unable to participate due to a conflicting activity. ( I know its more than
the 8 max. reccommended but it works great for us)
After we locate some women willing to activley support the
Venture/Varsity program in a trained adult leadership role, we will expand
the program to include girls. The number of crews will be increased to
permit the integration of the girls into the crews and still maintain the
max size per crew at 12.
The Venture/Varsity crews will begin by experiencing intracrew
activities at the troop level. IntraTroop activities will follow with crews
from Troops within the Council. Eventually this will be expanded into an
annual activity for Venture/Varsity crews from Troops of adjoining
It is my hope that a combination of this restructuring and a well
developed Venture/Varsity program will help us keep the older high school
age scouts active in Scouting longer. This also gives the younger scouts of
the Troop something to look forward to as they mature.
I'd like to hear from others running a Venture or Varsity program
who would be willing to comment on these ideas, and perhaps share some of
thier own. Literature is almost non-existent on this topic.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City