Membership

Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. The program revolves around a special avocation or hobby interest.
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Goals:

Young adults involved in Venturing will:

  • Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
  • Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and other groups.
  • Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code.
  • Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, youth ministries, or Sea Scouting.
  • Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
  • Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.

Venturing Crew Specialties:

The program of every Venturing crew evolves around a special avocation or hobby interest of the youth members and adult leaders.  Youth members have the interest and the adult leaders provide the resources and expertise.  There are hundreds of different specialties that a Venturing crew may pursue.  Venturing crews, depending on their special interest, will be part of a specialty cluster.  These specialty cluster include: Outdoor, Sports, Arts/Hobbies, Youth Ministry, and Sea Scouting.

Ethics in Action:

An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future.  Venturing uses “ethical controversies” to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what a risk is and how it will affect others involved.   Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution.

Crew Activities:

What a Venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of the adult and youth leaders and members of the crew-sail the Caribbean, produce a play, climb a mountain, teach disabled people to swim, or attend the Olympics.   All these adventure and many more are being done today by Venturing crews and ships across the country.  All that is needed are concerned adults who are willing to share a little bit of themselves with today’s youth-tomorrow’s leaders.

Starting a New Venturing Crew:

The program of every Venturing crew evolves around a special avocation or hobby interest of the youth members and adult leaders.  Youth members have the interest and the adult leaders provide the resources and expertise.  There are hundreds of different specialties that a Venturing crew may pursue.  Venturing crews, depending on their special interest, will be part of a specialty cluster.  These specialty cluster include: Outdoor, Sports, Arts/Hobbies, Youth Ministry, and Sea Scouting.

What Youth Want:

Research has revealed these major points:

  • High School Students have many vocational and a vocational interests.
  • Teenagers want to be belong to a group that provides a secure place from which to address the youth development issues that affect them.  These issues include experimentation; moving from dependence to interdependence; social relationships; psychological changes and sexual maturity; and re-evaluation of values