scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Venture & Venturing terminalogy
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 17:07:53 CST
For all of us who work with either the Venture or Venturing programs I feel
that it is important that we properly use the correct terminalogy when
refering to these two programs. I see people who use "Venture" when they
really mean "Venturing." It is confusing and incorrect to do so. Just as
it is incorrect for people to use the term "Webelo" when its "Webelos".
Yes, it doesn't help that we have two programs with similiar features with
too similiar (or is that two similiar?) names. We need to use the correct
The *Venture* program is an optional program for Boy Scout Troops. Troops
form *Venture Patrols* for boys 13 and older. These *Venture Patrols* can
do high adventure or sports activities. They operate under the leadership
of a *Patrol Leader* and an Assistant Scoutmaster assigned to the Patrol.
Some units find it best to reform the patrol for each high adventure trip
they do, with members staying in their regular patrols and only forming the
Venture Patrol to plan and organize their Venture activities. Other troops
have the Venture Patrols exist as permanant patrols. Use what works best.
Members of Venture Patrols, as Boy Scouts, wear the tan scout uniform, but
with a strip that reads "VENTURE" about the BSA strip. They can not wear
the green Venturing uniform, nor can they earn Venturing awards as they are
NOT members of Venturing. Also, they can NOT wear orange shoulder tabs as
only Varsity Scout Teams wear those. Venture Patrols are part of Boy Scout
Troops and wear the red tabs. They are organized into Venture Patrols.
These used to be called "Venture Crews", but this term is no longer valid as
it is confusing with Venturing Crews.
See the current Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook for information
on the Venture Patrol.
The Venture program started in 1989, and is the latest in a long line of
programs to use within Boy Scout Troops to keep older boys interested in
staying in the troops. Previous programs include Sea Scout Patrols,
Explorer Scout and Senior Scout Patrols, Explorer Crews in the Troop, the
Senior program, and Leadership Corp.
The *Venturing* program is the older youth program of the BSA and replace
the Exploring program in 1998. Venturing is co-ed and is for boys and girls
of ages 14-21. Venturing units are called *Venturing Crews* and members are
called *Venturers*. Crews specialize in some program area. Thus you can
have high adventure crews, or photography crews, or indian lore crews, or
historical re-enactment crews or sports crew or ... This is the attraction
and power of the program. Venturers get to wear the forest green uniform
shirts, and have their own advancement program of Bronze, Gold, Silver, and
Ranger. Sea Scouts are part of Venturing, and have their own distinct
uniforms and advancement. Venturing Crews are separate units from Boy Scout
Troops. While some boys might find the activities of Venturing Crews
appealing, the program also appeals to those who where never part of
As stated before, units are called Venturing Crews. They are NOT called
"Venture Crews" or "Venturer Crews." Members are called Venturers. They
are NOT "Venture Scouts". Using these terms is incorrect and confusing.
Also, Venturing replaces Exploring. The former "career awareness exploring"
program is still around, but is now part of Learning for Life and is refered
to as LFL/Exploring. As such they are no longer part of the BSA. Venturing
and LFL/Exploring have separate and distinct programs. If districts and
councils trying to treat them as the same, they are doing both a disservice.
Not only do they have different programs, but per National, they are
organized and run differently at the district and council levels.
See the current Venturing Leader Handbook, Venturer Handbook, Ranger
Guidebook, and Sea Scout Manual for more information on this program.
Venturing is the latest in a long line of programs aimed at keeping the
older boy in Scouting (if not in a Boy Scout Troop) that has included Sea
Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Rover Scouts, Air Scouts, and Explorers.
For more information about the history of the programs I mention above, see
my site devoted to the Senior Scouting programs in the BSA at
Michael R. Brown
Venturing Crew #1838