New or Important Venturing Information
The purpose of this web page is to share Venturing information that is new or not well known. As always, if you have learned of a change, let me know by emailing me at TheHiker@Sageventure.com
BSA Venturing Website
BSA has created a new website for Venturing - Venturing.org.
What's in Store for Venturing?
Here's a link to some notes on some proposed changes in the Venturing program - notes link.
Adult Venturing Awards (knots)
The requirements have been updated for both the Key and Training Award. Venturing leaders who have started to earn these awards may use either set of requirements, but those who have not started to work on an award may only use the new requirements (links below are the new requirements). If you want knots with Venturing green backgrounds, email me.
Venturing Training Award
One Oath and Law Proposed for All BSA Programs
The volunteer-led task forces supporting the 2011-2015 National Council Strategic Plan's Goal 411, after considerable deliberation, have recommended moving to the use of the Scout Oath and Law for all BSA programs. If approved, the change would take effect during the 2015-2016 program year. Read more ...
Venturing Recruitment Kits Introduced
The National Venturing Youth Cabinet and the National Council's Marketing and Membership groups have teamed up to create a host of new recruitment tools designed to expose teens to the fun and excitement of Venturing. The new publications include the "Venturing Recruitment Guide" featuring a host of information and resources, as well as a Venturing "Fast Facts" sheet and fliers that can be customized with your crew’s meeting place, time, and contact information. Get full details at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Marketing/Recruiting2/VenturingToolBox.aspx (link updated 1/6/13).
You can call BSA supply 800-323-0736 and ask for the VenturING cloth sew on strip and they will send you 4 or 5 for free. Make sure you tell them VenturING and not Venture strip as there is one in the catalog (it has the plastic backing like a patch). Since they don't sell them, there is no catalog #. They come starched stiff, so they are easy to sew onto a Cabella's or Dickey's forest green shirt.
Venturers can attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree
Learn about the new eligibility rules and new location by visiting Bryan on Scouting, a blog for BSA's adult leaders.
BSA's Youth Development Team will provide Council, Area & Regional VOA patches for all members. That includes the following (view new patches):
- Area & Regional Venturing President
- Area & Regional Venturing Vice President
- Area & Regional VOA Member
- Area & Regional Advisor
- Council Venturing Officers Association (right sleeve)
- Area Venturing Officers Association (right sleeve)
- Regional Venturing Officers Association (right sleeve)
If you are interested in a right sleeve VOA patch (view), please email Angela Elliott.
The Council Venturing President position patches can now be ordered by your council through ScoutStuff.org, item # 613246. At this time, there is no Council Venturing Vice President position or Council Advisor patches but they should be available in the near future.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC)
The long-awaited Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews syllabus is now available online. The link is www.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/511-013WB.pdf. With this change, the BSA Trained patch is what can be given to Venturers completing the training, not a ILSC patch. If you are interested in a Venturing Trained patch email me.