Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Venture Patrols
Re: Venture Patrols
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:29:43 -0400
>From: Richard Thomas <ybthomas@SURFSOUTH.COM>
>Subject: Venture Patrols
>My son is in a troop considering a Venture Patrol for the first time, and I
>have been approached to research the issue. I seek the knowledge of the
>as to organization, uniforming, and program of Venture Patrols within a
>troop, as opposed to new Venturing program. I also would appreciate any
>references to BSA literature on the subject. I would like to know of any
>personal experiences, positive or negative, with Venture Patrols.
First off, I recommed that you get the CURRENT BSHB and SMHB (thats Boy
Scout Handbook and
Scoutmaster Handbook). That's the 11th and 9th edition respectively, which
came out this last year. Both give a good, if brief, explaination of the
Venture Patrol, Varsity Scout Team, and Venturing program.
Venture Patrol members are part of a Scout Troop, hence they wear the tan
shirt and red loops. The only identifier they wear is the "Venture" shirt
strip above the BSA strip. They can't wear orange loops or the green shirt
& loops of the Venturing program.
Venture Patrols do sports &/or high adventure stuff. There are a wide
variety of Venture/Varsity activity pins they can earn to wear on their
Venture letter. There is a pamphlet for each activity pin which explains
how it can be earned.
The Venture Patrol is lead by a Venture Patrol Leader and assisted by the
Within a troop, the Patrol can be organized in two differenet ways. The
Venture Patrol can exist as a permanent, separate patrol along side the
other patrols. Many troops find this doesn't exist, so they have adopted a
style that harkens back to the old 'Senior Scout' program. Instead the
Venture Patrol members remain as members of the 'regular' patrols, spliting
off when it comes time to organize and run their Venture activity. It will
depend on your troop and the number of boys as to which will work.
Also, I believe it has been changed such that Venture Patrols can no longer
have female guests accompany them on activities. If you want co-ed
activities, then formed a Venturing Crew would be the only way.
Hope this helps.
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew 1838