Re: What are Venture crews?
Alan C. Wolfson (wolfson@SCAMP.MV.COM)
Thu, 1 May 1997 23:13:55 -0400
I'm sure someone else will elaborate further, but I'll make the first stab
at answering your questions about Venture programs. I'm not an expert on
either Venture or Exploring, but will share what information I think I know
> (1) Is there such a thing as "Venture crews"?
Yes, there is such a thing as a Venture crew. Basically, a Venture
program within a Boy Scout troop is a high-adventure program intended to
keep the older, experienced Scouts in the program.
> (2) What and who are they? Co-ed? Ages?
A Venture crew is essentially a special patrol, that still participates in
all normal troop activities, but may also schedule and run other activities
just for the crew members. Girls may accompany Venture crews on their
activities, provided that there is adequate adult female leadership, but
they are technically _not_ a member of the crew. Generally, the boys in a
Venture crew are 13 and older, but some troops have an older minimum age if
they have a lot of interest or younger boys in their troops. In general,
many Venture crews require that the Scouts have earned their First Class
rank because the requirements for First Class encompass a basic outdoor
> (3) Would an Explorer Post be a better option for me? (I enjoy kids
in a learning, camping, citizenship, religious environment but
am NOT a skiier, white-water rafter, hang glider, bungee jumping
kind of a guy (if you know what I mean).
All I can say to this question is maybe! As an adult leader of either a
Post or a Venture crew, you do not necessarily have to be an expert
outdoors(wo)man. You could help locate the experts when needed.
> (4) Can a 14+ year-old boy be in a Boy Scout troop and an Explorer
post at the same time?
Sure! Male Explorers who have achieved First Class (I think) can continue
to work on Boy Scout advancement. Female Explorers, since they cannot earn
the Boy Scout First Class rank, cannot earn any Boy Scout ranks.
> Can (or is) an explorer post be a sub-element under a Boy Scout troop?
No. An Explorer post is as different from a Boy Scout troop as a Cub
Scout Pack is. You can, of course, have a significant overlap between a
troop and a post.
Hope this help answer your questions.
Yours in Scouting,
At 08:07 PM 4/30/97 -0600, mdsmdsmd wrote:
>My son's scoutmaster asked me to be one of his assistant scoutmasters
>and to organize a venture crew. He said it is for 1st class (or more)
>Boy Scouts 13yrs or older and for girls. Since I have two daughters
>in that catagory I am considering it. I heard of High Advernture
>scouting and co-ed Explorer posts but not co-ed Venture Crews.
>I checked BSA's WWW stuff and the only co-ed program I found was
>Explorer Posts (but for 14yrs and older Boy Scouts).
>Okay list, I'm asking some very basic questions here. (I am an
>Eagle and just finished 5 yrs with my son and a large den from Tigers
>(1) Is there such a thing as "Venture crews"?
>(2) What and who are they? Co-ed? Ages?
>(3) Would an Explorer Post be a better option for me? (I enjoy kids
> in a learning, camping, citizenship, religious environment but
> am NOT a skiier, white-water rafter, hang glider, bungee jumping
> kind of a guy (if you know what I mean).
>(4) Can a 14+ year-old boy be in a Boy Scout troop and an Explorer
> post at the same time? Can (or is) an explorer post be a sub-
> element under a Boy Scout troop?
>Thanx in advance!
Alan Wolfson Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
firstname.lastname@example.org Arrowhead District, Daniel Webster Council, NH
I used to be a bear (NE-CS-36) I used to be a Fox (NE-I-184)
Co-leader Cadette Troop 7, GSUSA
Motocross Staff, Action Center D 1997 National Jamboree
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City