Forming a Venture Crew
Bruce Muller (BMULLER@IBR8GW80.USBR.GOV)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 06:15:45 -0600
I've been lurking on the sidelines for several months now and have
benefitted greatly from the wisdom of the list. I'm the advancement
chairman for my son's troop and a new unit commissioner for several
Packs. For the past several months one of our committee members (the
dad of a 14 year old boy) has been pushing for the formation of a
venture crew. Let me give you some background information before I
ask for your guidance:
- It's my understanding that the troop almost didn't recharter two years
ago due to a lack of adult leaders.
- Since then the troop found a new scoutmaster who has been trained
(SMF) and active for a year and a half. We've also grown from 16 to 41
- The troop is taking steps toward a boy run troop such as PLC
meetings, SPL run troop meetings, patrol leaders working with boys on
advancement requirements through first class, and patrol leaders
keeping the records for the boys in their patrols.
- The boys still seem to have a lot to learn about planning outdoor
activities though. Our March campout was canceled due to lack of
planning, and the plan for our April campout mysteriously materialized
less than a week ahead of the event.
- The April campout (our first for the new scouts) was interesting.
Some of the older boys (13-16 years old) decided to separate from the
troop and backpack in on their own. Many of the plans were still being
made in church parking lot. Meanwhile, the younger boys headed into
the state park and set up camp. Although there was no real plan of
activities other than a service project, several of the 12 and 13 year old
boys got together and made/executed a plan for helping the new scouts
with rank advancement. The older boys joined the group later in the
afternoon, but 4 out of 5 chose not to participate in our service project
for the park.
Our PLC voted this month to form a venture crew, but our Scoutmaster is
hesitant. I'd like to get your wisdom and input on the following questions:
1) What conditions do you believe to be necessary for the successful
formation and operation of a venture crew?
2) How do you guide the boys in the venture crew toward the aims of
Scouting so that it becomes more than just an outdoors club for their
own personal enjoyment?
3) What is the difference between a venture crew and an explorer post
which has outdoor activities as its primary objective?
4) What are your requirements for participation in the venture crew (age,
5) What qualities should we look for in a venture crew ASM?
I look forward to hearing from you so that I can share your advice with
our adult leaders.
(Just a middle-aged Eagle trying to make a difference)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City