Re: Venture Patrol Info
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 19:35:09 EDT
On Thu, 15 Sep 1994 14:08:45 -0400 Chris Schmidt said:
> Is there an FAQ or a file that I can retrieve that explains all
>the jobs and reasons to have a Venture Patrol? I am trying my hardest to
>keep our older scouts involved with the program. The little I have heard
>about venture patrols, it seems like the way our troop needs to go.
> If anyone out there is an advisor to a Venture Patrol, I'd be
>interested in talking with you.
Last June, Pab Benford asked the list about venture and I saw no responses,
although I did respond to Pab. (Hi Pab). I too see the venture idea
as a "savior" for the older boys. But, how best to run it? I do not
think that in a small troop that it makes sense to have a permanent venture
patrol, and even in a larger, don't they become a bit of the "leadership
corp" that the 89 (or 90??) changes replaced? Or worse, they
become a syphon, sucking off the best older boys from the troop leadership.
At present, I prefer to set up separate venture "trips" and form the
venture crew right out of the troop, elect the chief for the trip and
start the planning and prep separate from the troop. I guess in a way,
I am thinking of my own scouting career (mid-late 60s) when on Monday
night we met with the troop and did troop things and on Thursdays we met
with the explorers. It is still possible to form an explorer post for the
older scouts (say an outdoor one) and do it that way. But for now, we will
be tyring to run two venture crew/trips a year (Summer=1 week and Winter = a
I don't know the best way and I would love to hear a lot of response here.
I bet Pab would too. What I am currently convinced of is that with older
boys there is no best way.
Scoutmaster Troop 1, Akron Ohio
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