Starting up a Venture Patrol
James Weiland (jamesweiland@UNN.UNISYS.COM)
Sat, 20 Dec 1997 09:47:16 -0500
Our troop has a just started a Venture program so I can't give any
information on any long term impacts that it may have. But let me share
some things that I've learned so far. I've tried to stress to the Scouts
that this program is in addition to the existing program not a substitute.
They are still members of patrols, have troop leadership positions and
responsibilities that they are expected to carry out. The Venture
activities will be their responsibility to plan and carry out. I am the
advisor and that's what I plan to do. Right now the crew is planning
their first adventure, winter survival camping so we'll see how it
turns out. The next ultimate adventure is a canoeing/backpacking
trek in the Adirondack Mtn. in upstate NY this summer.
I had one parent tell me that her son was losing interest in Scouting
but now that he is in Ventures, his interest has been rekindled. The
Venture Crew has their meetings before our troop meetings so there
is no time conflicts with troop activities. I think it is important to
the Venture Crew activities from infringing on troop activities as best
you can. I don't want it to become an elitist thing, "I'm in the Venture
Crew and you aren't". I want it to be something that the younger
Scouts aspire to.
Hope this helps.
ASM Troop 551, Venture
King of Prussia, PA
Cradle of Liberty Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City