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New Venturing ideas usually come from the volunteers that are involved in the program. Some of the ideas are for patch designs that will recognize Venturers for services they have provided and some for Venturing leaders. This page is dedicated to ideas that have been proposed and in a few cases accepted. If you have questions or ideas, please go to my contact page. (I can't respond unless you do).
Venturing Officers' Association
Three concept patches were developed for the Venturing Officers' Association (VOA): Venturing Officers Association (for council and district), Area VOA and National Venturing Cabinet. The 2009-2010 National Venturing Cabinet (NVC) approved the NVC patch for the Cabinet to wear. In 2011, the below patches became available along with the Regional VOA patch from BSA.
10 5 original concept patches sets, shown below, are available as a collectors set if you contact me. The BSA VOA patches can be viewed here.
This set would be nice as a gift to a Regional or National Venturing Officer. (FYI, the Regional VOA patch was not originally created because that Venturer was a member of the National Cabinet.)
Scouting has always encouraged the leaders to be trained. Prior to 1972, BSA issued its first "Trained" strips that corresponded to the scouting uniform.
Today, the official "Trained" strip is only made with colors that match the Boy Scout uniform. However, several designs have been proposed for Venturing. Two designs are shown below. A VLST certificate using the green & white patch design and a VLST certificate using the red patch design are available for your use. Also an ILSC certificate is available for your use. You can type both the participant name and date on the certificates.
Now that VLSC is changing to ILSC, a Trained strip will be used for completion of the course and the available strips from BSA will have the traditional Boy Scout colors.
Original Ranger Style Patch
Today's Venturing program is making use of elements from Explorer Scouts in the 1940's. The highest award from 1944-49 was Ranger which as we know, is one of the specialty programs in Venturing. (Information on Scouting's First Ranger Award.)
A feature of the first Ranger award is the powder horn. Today, we use the powder horn both as a symbol of the Ranger award and Powder Horn training. A nice jacket patch that uses the style of the original Ranger award can be seen below and is available.
ESPAŅOL Interpreters Strip
Between 1946 and 1988, interpreter's strips were white lettering on a red background. That style looks much nicer on a Venturing uniform that does strips with a tan background.
Corps of Discovery
The idea of the Corps of Discovery is Servant Leadership. That is, a society of Venturing Leaders, both youth and adult, who take seriously the servant leader concept as taught in Kodiak. More information about the program can be found here.
The first item used for recognition was a animal tooth that hung on a wire from the right pocket. Later, a western region Venturing leader asked me to design a pocket flap. The first flaps were presented to youth who completed a Kodiak training course in 2005 and made a promise to take on a simple service project when he or she got home. Some of the projects were as complex as helping with Scoutreach camps, Powder Horn, and VOAs, and others were as simple as recruiting some friends to join their Crews.
If you want to order Corps of Discovery flaps or the pin, please go to www.sageventure.com/COD/recognition.html where you will find an order form (right side, last paragraph).
In addition to recognizing others with the patches below, two certificates have been developed. You are welcome to use either certificate. Both certificates are data entry PDF files:
- Craig Murray's certificate - Use the cursor to select in the area for the name and type the recipients name. Then tab to two other positions in order to enter the position names of two other people signing the certificate and print. There are three fields that can be filled in.
- Bill Wilcox's certificate - Use the cursor to select in the area for the date and type the date. Then tab to the second field to enter the participant's name.
A Servant Leader (Bitterroot Mountains) Corps of Discover flap is now designed for the new Venturing uniform.
A Servant Leader (Columbia River) Corps of Discovery flap is also available for those that like the traditional design.
National Camping School Staff
Summer camp staff in most areas wear the Venturing green shirt. Many scouters attending staffing National Camping School are associated with a summer camp program so it would seem logical that the National Camping School Staff patch would be made with a green background.