Re: Starting up a Venture Patrol
Dan OCanna (DanOCanna@AOL.COM)
Thu, 18 Dec 1997 15:48:13 -0500
Jim Peterson wrote about his troop's "problem" with starting a venture
<< ...the semantics of this probably contributed to the separatist
attitude of these scouts.
...we've basically ost the earlier group >>
Been there recently and done exactly that. Our troop has tried the "Venture"/
Exlplore route a couple of times and have had a problems with the natural
tendancy of boys that age to try to separate themselves from the younger guys.
I certainly don't have the answer to this situation, but have recently
disbanded the "Venture Patrol" and encouraged all the boys in the troop to
find a special activity
they are hot to do and get it organized. Patrol campouts, High Adventure
like climbing or caving and the like are what I have in mind. These would
in addition to or other than our scheduled troop outings.
The current mandate from the Scoutmaster (me) is inline with what Jim
as the BSA Venture Crew policy. Setting the older guys apart from the rest of
troop in an effort to retain them simply has not worked for our troop in the
The problem for us has been making the Venture program IN-clusionary not
Has anybody had good experiences in a Venture Crew system? I'm hoping to
hear some good suggestions from the List that I can use to get our High
and patrol activities pumped up and exciting the boys.
The one positive step I can report is that over the last couple of years our
has been gaining more experience skill at operating the troop. This is
positive results. Thanks in no small part to the hard work of some dedicated
hard working Senior Patrol Leaders durring that time.
Next step, a more challenging and exciting outdoor program!
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, KY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City