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Venturing District & Council Administration

Greg Carstens & Amy Engler

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The Venturing Oath

As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.

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Venturing Code

As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.

I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.

I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.

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I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.

I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

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History

  • 1910 Boy Scouting for boys 12 to 17

  • 1912 Sea Scouting for boys over 14

  • 1946 Exploring for young men 14-20 who wanted advanced Scouting

  • 1959 Yankelovich Study of high-school age boys

  • 1969 Coed Exploring- Young women ages 14-20 joined Posts

  • 1991 Learning For Life - BSA Subsidiary

  • 1998 Venturing - Coed ages 14-20 - Outdoor, Religious and Hobby related

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Here’s Venturing!

  • The young adult program of the BSA for men and women 14 (who have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years of age.

  • Youth member is a “Venturer”

  • Venturing units are “Crews”

  • Venturing adults are “Advisors”

  • Youth leader is the “President”

  • $7 membership fee - same chartering process

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Vocabulary

  • AIS – Activity Interest Survey

  • PCI – Program Capability Inventory

  • AVLBT – Adult Venturing Leader Basic Training

  • Impact Plan – Not how to fall down

  • Commissioner – Your best friend

  • Roundtable – For eating knowledge

  • Camping – In Venturing, it has a whole new meaning

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Vocabulary

  • Silver – Is better than gold in Venturing

  • FOS – Find other sources

  • Sea Scouts – Venturing on water

  • U???

  • I???

  • We???

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Council Positions

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Membership

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Learning Objectives

  • Review how to recruit new members

  • Learn techniques and resources for starting new crews - best sources

  • Learn how Venturing fits within the existing district volunteer structure

  • Feel comfortable answering some of those Frequently asked and not so easily answered questions

  • Learn about and how to utilize the Impact Plan

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District Venturing Crew Organizer

  • Recruit volunteers

  • Member of district membership committee

  • Determine Youth Market

  • Schedule open houses

  • Sell organizations and organize new crews individually or using the Impact Plan

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Student Interest Survey

  • Identify interest market

  • Service to schools

  • Work with Exploring Executives

  • Initial youth to populate new crews

    • Scuba

    • Biking

    • Rock Climbing

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Access to local BSA property

Professional guidance

Liability and accident insurance

Venturing Leadership Skills Course

Venturing Leader Specific Training

Youth protection training videos

New Crew Fast Start

Advancement program and resources

Resources Available to Crews

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Making the SaleIndividual Organization Sales Call

  • Preparation

  • The Sales Call

  • Follow Up

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Impact PlanMultiple Organization Sales opportunity

  • Target a specific group

  • Serve a meal

  • Have a host

  • Program

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Common Steps to Organizing a Crew

  • Secure Commitment from head of organization

  • Brief key organization members

  • Recruit Advisor and other leaders

  • Hold planning and training for adults

  • Promote Open House

  • Hold Open House

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Program

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn steps to successful event planning

  • Review typical district/council Venturing Activities

  • Share fresh new ideas and program resources

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Steps to Success

  • Create youth “buy-in”

  • Careful scheduling of events

  • Planning and promotion

  • Event details and post-event evaluation

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Typical Venturing Activities

  • Council Venturing Olympics

  • Venturing safe-driving road rally

  • Sea Scouting Regattas

  • Canoe races, raft trips, float trips

  • Your town at night event

  • Ranger week at camp

  • Ski weekends

  • Sports tournament or league competition

  • Beach weekend at camp or other lakefront property

  • Council contingent of Venturers to Philmont

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“Only imagination, leadership, facility and finances limit what you choose to do”

- Venturing for Council and District Administration

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Training

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Training

  • First key step to success

  • District Venturing Leader Training Coordinator

  • Youth officers are trained by the advisor

  • Youth members are trained by youth officers

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Training Flow

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District Venturing Leader Training Coordinator

  • Responsibilities

    • Recruit volunteers

    • Plan, promote & help conduct Job Specific Training

    • Plan, promote & help conduct Powder Horn

    • Promote & help conduct the Venturing Leadership Skills Course

  • Works with

    • Unit leaders

    • District training committee

    • Unit commissioners

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Youth Training

  • Advisor Trains Officers

    • Crew officer retreat

    • Job specific

  • Officers train other youth

    • Leadership skills course

    • Ethics in Action

    • COPE

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Literature available through the supply division

  • New Crew Fast Start (download off of internet only)

  • New Leader Essentials

  • Venturing Leader Specific Training

  • Venturing Leader Manual

  • Ranger Guidebook

  • Venturer Handbook

  • Sea Scout Manual

  • Venturing Leadership Skills Course

  • Venturing Roundtable Guide

  • Here’s Venturing - Operations Guide

  • Recognition Certificates and Awards

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Videos Available Through the Supply Division

  • Venturing Fast start

  • Briefing the Organizing Committee

  • Selling Venturing to the Head of an Organization

  • Youth Protection - Personal Safety Awareness (for Youth)

  • Youth Protection Training for Adult Venturing Leaders

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Where to Get More Information

  • Other training sessions

  • Consulting services, other sources

  • World Wide Web

    • www.bsa.scouting.org

    • www.powderhorn.org

    • see back of Ranger Handbook for numerous sites

    • www.venturing.info subscribe to monthly newsletter or check on line for past news items

    • www.macscouter.com

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Advancement

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Learning Objectives

  • Review all Venturing advancement opportunities

  • Understand Advancement Coordinator Position

  • Find ways to overcome advancement objections

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The Basics

  • Why?

    • Who?

      • How?

        • Where?

          • When?

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District Venturing Advancement Coordinator

  • Responsibilities

    • Provide Assistance

    • Help Units

    • Promote Awards

    • Create & Maintain List of Consultants(different from merit badge counselors)

    • Recognize

  • Works With:

    • Unit Leaders

    • District Advancement Committee

    • Commissioner Staff

    • Council Advancement Committee?

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Venturing Advancement

Silver

Award

Eagle

Quartermaster

Ranger Gold

Award Award

Life

Outdoor Youth Sports Arts and Sea

Bronze Ministries Bronze Hobbies Scout

Bronze Bronze Bronze

Star

Previous

lst Boy Scout or

Class Varsity Scout

JOIN

Venturing

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Additional Awards

  • Religious Emblems

  • Venturing Leadership Awards

  • Venturing Advisor Award of Merit

  • Venturing Leadership Training Award & Key

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Advancement Resources

  • Venturing Handbook #33493

  • Ranger Guidebook #3128

  • Sea Scout Manual #33239B

  • Venturing Leadership Skills Course #34340

  • Venturing Leader Manual #34655A

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Summary

  • The new Venturing advancement program is available to all Venturing youth members of the BSA

  • A male Venturer my earn the Eagle award as a Venturer

  • Boy Scout awards may count toward Venturing awards

  • All awards are administered at the council level except Quartermaster

  • District Venturing Advancement Coordinator

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Potential Roadblocks?

Ideas and ways to overcome???

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Commissioner Service

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Commissioner Service

  • Problem solver

  • Conflict prevention

  • Resources, ideas

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Commissioner Service

  • Assist the DC by educating unit commissioners about Venturing

  • Help Crews w/ the annual rechartering process

  • Ensure that each crew is visited monthly and unit health problems are identified

  • Facilitate unit problem solving by utilizing available resources

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Red Cross

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Finance

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Learning Objectives

  • See how Venturing fits within council fundraising

  • Identify selling points of Venturing to possible funders

  • Brainstorm ways Venturing can raise money

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Finance

  • Plan wisely

  • Spend thriftily

  • Work with existing FOS structure

  • Be creative

  • Maximize effort/profit

  • Teenage youth like to work together on fundraising

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Finance Resources

  • Proposal Companion: A Funding Resource for Unit-Serving Executives, #35-565

  • Guidelines on Product Sales & Policy Issues, # 35-373

  • Special Events Manual, #35-531

  • Funding Capital Needs, #35-358

  • Foundation Resource Manual, #25-530

  • Scouting’s Positive Impact in the Community, #35-649

  • Project Sales Manual,# 35-603

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Roundtables

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Venturing Roundtables

  • Purpose

    • Train

    • Inform

    • Motivate

  • Venturing Roundtable Commissioner

    • Plan

    • Recruit

    • Serve

    • Be Flexible

  • Resources

    • Venturing Roundtable Guide #34342

    • Here’s Venturing #33466

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Sea Scouting

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Sea Scouting

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Venturing District & Council Administration

Round Table

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Knowledge becomes power only through organization and use…Og Mandino

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