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 Awards Tracking Spreadsheet
Walter Torres shared a helpful spreadsheet that any unit can use to track the new Venturing Awards and the Ranger Award. Venturers names are filled once on the "Crew Awards" sheet and propagate to the other sheets. On the other sheets, dates of completion are entered and summary information is propagated to the "Crew Awards" sheet. The file is Ven_Awards_Tracking_Sheet.xls.
Venturing Officers' Association Administration Guide
The 76 page guide is available at: www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/VOA_Administration_Guide.pdf
Chartered Organization Representative
A new position badge has been released through scoutscuff.org (item # 620443)
Area Associate Advisor
A new position badge has been released through scoutscuff.org (item # 619417)
The Venturing files from BSA's Advancement Resources webpage are:
The tracking spreadsheet for the awards is available here:
Leadership Skills for Crews Facilitator Guide
The 2015 guide for ILSC available at: www.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/511-013WB.pdf
Guide to Advancement - Venturing Supplement 2015
Ken Bower has again shared a document that will be very helpful with the new Venturing advancement program. It is available at: www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-939_WB.pdf
Youth and Adult Application Registration Process
Ken Bower shared this very helpful document from National about the registration process for 18-20 year-olds starting March 1. There's a new adult form out which will now be used by Venturers (including Sea Scouts) over age 18; here are the relevant instructions: Youth and Adult Application Change EDITED v2.pdf
It has been confirmed that this new requirement does not apply to 18-20 year-olds in crews and ships who are not initiating a new position (e.g. joining a unit, or transferring, or registering as camp staff, etc.). This means that we don't need a rush of adult applications in the next two weeks for all our existing 18-year-olds, just for those that turn 18 after March 1 and for those that change or add positions after March 1.
Mentoring for Venturing Crews Facilitator Guide
The Mentoring training for the Summit Award is now available at:
FAQ's about the new Venturing Program
The Venturing Cabinet is continuing to respond to FAQs about all the changes. The most recent is the January 27th, 2015 update. The link is www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/VenturingFAQs.pdf.
New Venturing Youth Handbook
The new handbook is available through scoutstuff.org (item # 619088)
New Venturing Awards and Requirements
A comprehensive source for the requirements of the Venturing awards programs, this is the go-to book for every Venturer. The new handbook is available through scoutstuff.org (item # 618767)
This handbook is also available in a Kindle edition on the Amazon web site
New Venturing Advisor Guidebook
The new handbook is available through scoutstuff.org (item # 618768)
Venturing Goal Setting & Time Management Training Module
This course will provides a fun, interactive learning experience in learning Time Management in a in a 3½ hour time period. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated and meet the needs of the crew. Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Discovery Award requirement for the goal setting-time management training course. It is available at:
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.
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
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.