JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 19:04:57 -0600
> This is an emergency call.
> I need to find out as much as I can about Venture crews ... and success
> stories ... and how to become one my ownself.
> Our Scoutmaster has put me in charge of starting a Venture program in our
> troop. Actually, it was my idea, but all I really knew to tell him was that
> it was a high adventure unit that we hope will keep our older 14, 15 and 16
> yearolds involved in the troop.
> My local Scout Service Center has been not so good at helping me. Is there
> one how-to book on organizing, etc., and high adventure ideas. The only
> thing I have found so far locally is one 1989 pamphlet in the Scout Shop that
> is on bicycling, touring bikes to be exact. I was thinking more mountain
> biking myself.
> We've come up with a list of ideas that include canoeing, whitewater,
> backpacking, climbing & rappeling, mountain bikes, scuba ... also found out
> that paintball and skydiving are BSA no-nos.
> We want to kick this program off in mid-month. Talk is we'll limit it to Life
> and Eagle Scouts ... an age limit has been brought up since we could have
> some 12 YO Lifes who aren't physically up to high adventure. ...
> Please tell me what you're doing, so I can pass it on. ... You can reply
> privately, or you can share your knowledge with others.
> Dave Rogers
> ASM Troop 85
> Beaumont, TX
> E-mail address: DA6ver6@aol.com
Check in the Scoutmasters handbook, as well as the Junior Leader
Handbook. There is a little bit more information there. In addition,
the new Junior Leader Training material has information on training a
venture crew chief.
My next suggestion is to have your council office get on the stick and
order a bunch of stuff on venture scouting. We will be starting a crew
in my troop this fall, and were able to pick up many, many books from the
service center about the program and venture activities.
Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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