Re: Needed advice about Venturing...
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 14:24:48 -0500
Mike Nolen wrote:
> The troop I work with has finally matured to a level where an older boy program
> needs to be established. I was going to approach the troop committee about
> establishing a Venture patrol within the troop and let the boys earn their ' V '
> letter to be put on their merit badge sash. Then the creation of the Venturing
> program has emerged. My question is which program should the troop use.
> Obviously, both programs are high adventure which is what we want to do. I need some
> pros and cons presented to me. I bow to the collective wisdom of the list.
For the most part, the new Venturing program replaces the high adventure
Exploring program. According to a "Fact Sheet" published by my council,
there are additional avenues opened up by this new program (which can be
co-ed if desired) as each Venturing crew will select a special avocation
or hobby interest. These may include outdoor (i.e. high adventure),
sports, arts/hobbies, youth ministry and Sea Scouting.
There are several advancement awards available (Bronze Award, Gold
Award, Silver Award, Ranger Award and Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award).
In addition, there is a Venturing Leadership Award available to youths
and a Venturing Advisor Award of Merit for adults. Boys can still
pursue the Eagle Rank up until age 18. A summary "Fact Sheet" should be
available through your council office.
Remember, this is a separate program from the troop. Basically, a new
unit would need to be chartered if you elect to implement the Venturing
So far, I haven't seen any information as to how the Venture crew(s)
operated at the troop level will change. The name may eventually change
but the B.S.A. would be stupid to do away with this program which, if
run correctly, helps to keep older boys in a troop.
Personally, I don't plan to recommend that our troop organize a
Venturing crew. We already have a strong Venture program for the older
boys, and we experimented with the Exploring program for three years
without a great deal of success.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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