Forming a New Venture Crew
Rod Smith (owlelope@MAIL.BRIGHT.NET)
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 20:37:37 -0400
We have had a venture crew for 3 plus years. There are 45 boys registered
with the troop and of that number 23 are in the Venture Crew ranging from
age from 14 to 17. About 17 or 18 of them are fairly active and when we do
a venture crew activity anywhere from 8 to 14 go.
Answers to the following questions as posted by Bruce Muller
1) What conditions do you believe to be necessary for the successful
formation and operation of a venture crew?
You need to have to 6 to 10 boys that are willing to participate with
the troop and to do venture crew activities. The reason I say that they
need to participate with the troop is that they need to be there to set an
example for the younger boys and to help out on activities. They need to be
willing to meet once or twice a month outside of regular troop activities to
work on their activity.
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?
You need to encourage them to advance to Eagle. Gear the program to
working on the merit badges that are high adventure. Set guidelines for
participating with the troop in order to participate in venture activities.
In our troop, they must attend a least one campout a month with the regular
troop and have 50 % attendance at troop meetings. Each activity that they
run they have training requirements that they must meet before they can
3) What is the difference between a venture crew and an explorer post
which has outdoor activities as its primary objective?
In my book, there isn't a whole lot of difference other than an Explorer
post is a separate chartered group. A Venture group can be either a crew in
a troop or it can be a separately chartered group(Venture troop).
4) What are your requirements for participation in the venture crew (age,
A boy must be at least 14 and a first class scout.
5) What qualities should we look for in a venture crew ASM?
Preferably a younger person that is physically capable of working with
the boys and doing the activities with them. It takes a person who is
committed and has plenty of time to work with the program. It probably
takes more time than what it would for a scoutmaster. This type is hard to
find. I am fortunate as I have a 25 year old single man that was in the
troop's venture crew as a scout, a dad that grew up in Minnesota and
experienced the out of doors high adventure and another that is a good
outdoorsman. Many dads get involved also. As you can see, it takes more
than one person to keep things going.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City