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
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:
- Congressional Award
- Duke of Edinburgh's 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
Soutstuff 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.