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.
- Venturing Crew Specialties
- Ethics in Action
- Crew Activities
- Starting a New Venturing Crew
- What Youth Want
- What Is Venturing? Brochure (pdf)
Instant Crew Activities
This is a listing of local activities that other Venture Crews/Sea Scout Ships have taken advantage of in their programming. These are proven “hits” with this age group. Hopefully this listing will stimulate your Crew to have fun together.
Sailing at the Sea Base
Spend a half day learning how to sail at the Sea Base in Newport Harbor. Just call Christiana Tasto, program director, at (949) 642-5031 to schedule. Newport Sea Base. 1931 W. Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92663, www.newportseabase.org
Sail on a big boat with Sea Scouts as your sponsor
Spend a half day in Newport Harbor or Dana Point Harbor on a large boat with a Sea Scout Crew.
Dana Point: Mariner Skipper Jim Wehan | (949) 493-3952
Newport Beach: Nat’l Flagship 2006 Del Mar Skipper Mike Stewart | (949) 500-6249
Renegade Skipper: Gary Wolk | (714) 906-2140
Triton Skipper: Phil McNamee | (714) 608-7686
Corsair Skipper: Matt Foreman | (949) 854-9610
Fishing for Science at Shellmaker Island in Newport’s Back Bay
Spend Friday evening learning about the Back Bay, fishing and having dinner at Shellmaker Island. Contact John Scholl with the Department of fish and game (949) 640-9956
Miniature Golf Tournament
Spend an evening at Boomers in Irvine competing against your fellow crew members to see who will get the Green Jacket. Boomers, 3405 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 (949) 559-8336
Japanese/American National Museum in Los Angeles
Take a trip to LA and have lunch at the famous Philippe’s Original, home of the original French dip sandwich, (1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles across the street for the Alameda Train Terminal) and then go to the Japanese/American National Museum where you can see reconstructed interment camps from California. Discuss the ethical dilemmas of the era. www.janm.org 369 E. 1st St, Los Angeles – (213) 625-0414
A view of the Hale Telescope. http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar
Take a train to San Diego and visit the Zoo
Learn to Surf at the beach in Newport
Come for an early morning of surf instruction. Contact Sandy Skahen, assistant advisor, Crew 90 for details – (949) 722-0337
Orange County Astronomers
Chapman College Theater, 2nd Friday of each month, Guest speakers on Astronomy and Space flights. http://www.ocastronomers.org/gallery
Orange County Astronomers Observatory in Anza
This visit could include an overnight camping trip to Anza. They have a youth coordinator that can set this up and arrange for scheduling. This is terrific during a meteor shower. http://www.ocastronomers.org/gallery
Rei or Rock Creation
Learn to climb on their climbing wall in Santa Ana or Costa Mesa.
Gold Rush River Runners
Take a white water rafting trip on the American River. They have information on BSA program requirements. Best to take the trip in the spring when snow is thawing and water is higher. 800.900.7238
City Council Meeting
Visit your local City Council meeting.
Police or Fire Station
Visit your local police/fire station,. Main dispatch locations have a lot to see.
Visit the local hospital to see how your Crew could help out in the community in case of an emergency.
Fish at the BSA facility Oso Lake. http://www.ocbsa.org
Go snow skiing at Mountain High
Check for group rates and instructions for those who have not skied before. http://www.mthigh.com
Canoe from Laughlin to Lake Havasu. Las Vegas, BSA Council
Fees for canoe rentals are very reasonable and you can earn the Golden Paddles patch while on your trip if you secure the requirements from the Council Office. http://www.corivcanoe.com
Halloween in the Cemetery
If you’re interested, join the Explorers for a ghostly night in the cemetery. Food provided. Contact Lane Calvert at (714) 546-4990 for additional information.
Take an Archery lesson.
i-Tech Archery, 1912 W Commonwealth Ave # A, Fullerton, CA 92833, (714) 449-9744
Have a billiards tournament at your local billiards parlor.
Go Bowling at your local bowling alley.
Take in an evening at the Medieval Times in Buena Park. http://www.medievaltimes.com
How about a matineeor evening of roller skating or ice skating.
Have a picnic or beach or pool party.
Attend a concert or play that members of the crew would like to see.
Take a bicycle trip.
Rose Parade float decorating not only gets you first hand information about parades but also adds a service element to your outing. http://www.petalpushers.org/JoinUs.php
Spend a warm day/evening at the local water park.
Go caroling around the holidays.
Visit Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org
Visit Edwards Air Force Base. Contact Public Affairs at (661) 277-3510 or (661) 277-4127 to arrange a tour of the base.
Spend some time at the local batting cages perfecting your hand/eye coordination.
Follow-up with a challenge to a nearby Crew to a baseball game in the local park.
Did someone say sports? Check out our local teams!
How about attending an Angel’s or Dodger’s Game. www.mlb.com
Don’t like baseball, check out a Duck’s or King’s Game. www.nhl.com
Too cold, head for a Lakers’ or Clipper’s Game. www.nba.com
Not enough money, how about a College Team’s game.
Want to have a get-together and raise some funds at the same time. Hold a dance party
Invite the Crews in your District, charge a reasonable fee to cover the food and disc jockey. Don’t forget to submit that Fund Raising application.
Wild Animal Park–”Roar and Snore” Visit the Wild Animal Park and sleep with the wild animals. http://www.sandiegozoo.org
Take a Hike and earn a patch. Climb/hike Saddleback or Mt Baden-Powell
Palm Springs Tram
Take the tram to the top and see the valley and then hike to Little Round Valley,http://www.pstramway.com
Santa Catalina Island
Take the steamship over and spend the day. Visit one of the numerous Boy Scout camps. Ask a Sea Scout ship to go on one of their adventures to Catalina.
Discovery Science Center/Bowers Museum. http://www.bowers.org/
Glider rides–Warner Springs
Take a glider ride in Warner Springs California.
Camp Pendleton Marines up close and personal.
See the School of Infantry and surf on the private Marines beach and campground. Contact Sandy Skahen, assistant advisor, Crew 90 for details – (949) 722-0337
Go horseback riding. Horses available with a guide from Irving Regional Park.