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
New Venturing Award Designs
The tracking spreadsheet for the awards is available here:
FAQ's about the new Venturing Program
BSA has put together Venturing FAQs including info about the new Guidebook and Handbook; Tiers; and much more. (On 7/3/14, BSA updated the file.)
The link is www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/VenturingFAQs.pdf
A special thanks to Ken King for sharing this link.
What's New in Venturing from the National Meeting
Area 4 in Central Region has put together a very helpful web page with notes from the What's New In Venturing session on May 23. The link is sites.google.com/a/crventuring.org/c4voa/resources-for-councils
A special thanks to David Hibbard for sharing this link.
Age limit to be lowered to 17 and under for all programs beginning 2015
Venturing, Sea Scouts and the OA will cut the age limit to 18 in move that will impact gays. This is an article that appears on a NBC News web site - www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boy-scouts-cut-age-limit-18-move-will-impact-gays-n110521.
What this likely means is the age limits for members of Venturing, Sea Scouts, and OA will remain as they are today, not be lowered to eliminate participation by those between 18 and 21. The change will be that the participants in those programs will need to register as an "Adult" member of BSA when they turn 18, rather than continue as a "Youth" member of BSA until they turn 21. (FYI, adults could earn Eagle until 1963 although very few did - www.sageventure.com/history/changes/#eagle)
Probably the only major effect on participation is that gay youth members will be forced out after their 18th birthday.
The other likely change will be that there will no longer be the need to split sleeping areas into 6 areas by gender and age:
- Males under 18
- Males 18-20
- Males over 21
- Females under 18
- Females 18-20 and
- Females over 21
Now it will just be 4 areas:
- Males under 18
- Males over 18
- Females under 18 and
- Females over 18
New Venturing Award Requirements
The new requirements launch May, 2014 and the old requirements end Dec 31, 2014. View the new requirements in this PDF file -
usscouts.org/venturing/PDFs/Venturing-Program-Update-220-855.pdf The same information is available on scouting.org but the one on usscouts.org is formatted better for printing.
New Venturing Training Syllabus
National has issued new Venturing Position-Specific Training for the Advisor and the Committee:
Venturing Program Announcement
In December 2013, BSA came out with "Program Updates - 2014 and Beyond." The "2014 Program Change Overview - Venturing" can be found here -
BSA announced at the 2013 May National Meeting a new Road Map to Venturing. New information is available here - www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Venturing/NewProgAnnouncement.aspx.
A helpful blog page explaining the Venturing Road Map for 2014 is available at blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/05/28/venturing/.
It is important to note that the new Venturing Program aligns with the following two awards:
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award
- Congressional Award
A half dozen years ago, I did a write up on the Congressional Award and how it related to the Venturing Gold. You can download the write up here - www.sageventure.com/venturing/tips/CongressionalAward.pdf.
VOA Patches and more
Scoutstuff has a good number of VOA patches and Advisor patches which you can find on these two pages:
The one patch I have is the Area VOA patch (better quality) for $2.50 plus shipping. Contact TheHiker@SageVenture.com for shipping price based upon quantity.
BSA Venturing Website
BSA has created a new website for Venturing - Venturing.org.
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
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.
I check on May 29, 2014 and supply still have the strips available and will have more made if needed.