Co-ed 14-20 years old
You love exploring your passions, making new friends, and discovering the world. You’re always looking for an adventure. Rappelling a cliff. Perfecting your shot. Designing a robot. Kayaking into the sunset. Exploring your faith. Volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is yours! Each activity provides an opportunity to shine and learn more about yourself and the world around you. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. You’ll acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where your future takes you, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility – the list goes on!
Have an idea for a brand new crew? There aren’t any crews close to you? Not finding what you want? Organizing a Venturing crew is easy to do! Just follow these steps:
Step 1- Get Your Minimums
- A crew needs at least 5 youth members that have common interests.
- 3 must be primarily registered in the new crew, however 2 may be multiplied from another unit.
- There must also be 4 adult members willing to fill the following positions:
- The main positions are called the Key 3: Chartered Organization Representative, Crew Advisor, and Committee Chair.
- All adults, as well as youth over 18, must complete Youth Protection Training. Adult advisors must complete Leader Specific Training. Additional adult support can be added later.
Step 2- Chartered Organizations
Find an organization to sponsor you as your Chartered Organization. This is often a church, local business, Kiwanis, or other group.
Step 3- Council Contact
Contact your District Executive (DE) at your council office, who will be your BSA contact.
Step 4- Lead the Adventure!
Once the paperwork is processed and training is complete, your adventure can begin!
These core awards (Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit) serve as benchmarks along a Venturer’s journey. They follow the Venturing ALPS program model, whichprovides a framework for a dynamic program of Adventure, Leadership, Personal growth, and Service. They are designed to work with crews of any specialization.
Venturers are encouraged to explore their interests and passions. The Venturing specialty awards, while not a part of the core Venturing recognition program, allow Venturers to discover certain areas more in depth. The Ranger Award, Quest Award, TRUST Award, and Nova Awards allow Venturers to discover the outdoors, sports, their faith, and science respectively.
The Venturing program is designed to develop those who participate in it into experienced leaders. To recognize those who have shown exceptional dedication and service to the program, the Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) and the Unit Leader Award of Merit were created.