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Expedition Planning a.k.a. The Super Activity, the Backbone of Venturing. What is a Venturing super activity?. Major annual activity, trip or project Requiring long-range planning and Usually extensive preparation Involves budget planning Highlight of the Crew’s program year

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What is a Venturing super activity?

  • Major annual activity, trip or project
    • Requiring long-range planning and
    • Usually extensive preparation
    • Involves budget planning
  • Highlight of the Crew’s program year
    • Generally is at least a week long
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Does it have to be big? Or expensive? Or exotic?

  • Can be anything that matches the interest of the Crew members
  • Crew determines what is affordable
  • Can be:
    • A challenging outdoor adventure
    • A visit to a foreign country
    • A service project
    • Or just plain fun
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Why the emphasis on the Super Activity?

  • Serves as a long range goal
  • Everyone needs to work as a team in order to be successful
  • The process will unite the crew
  • Will give everyone the feeling of achievement
  • PLUS – it makes it easy to sell Venturing!
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Super Activity Brainstorming Rules

  • Start at least one year in advance (more for some activities/facilities)
  • Nothing is impossible
  • Dedicate time to brainstorming and stick to it!
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Super Activity Ideas

  • Venturing Activity Interest Survey
  • www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HighAdventure.aspx
    • Philmont
    • Sea Base
    • Northern Tier
    • The Summit
  • www.wrventuring-bsa.org/highadventure
  • www.crventuring.org/Other/Where_To_Go_Venturing
  • www.tinyurl.com/international-events (www.scout.org)
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Preparation

  • Clearly defining the goals, objectives and expectations of the trip is probably the most critical part of preparation.
  • Discuss:
  • Preferences
  • Rules
  • How to arbitrate
  • Duty rosters
  • How to prepare
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Monthly Activities – Within Year Preparation

  • Activities related to the super activity
  • Fund raising
  • General fun activities
  • Certification
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Certification

  • First Aid
    • Standard
    • CPR
  • Leave No Trace
  • Specialized Training
    • Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat
    • Climb On Safely
    • Trek Safely
    • Youth Protection Training (mandatory for advisors)
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Trek Planning

  • Training (certifications and physical preparation)
  • Develop budget
  • Make contacts (plan to visit others)
  • Weather
  • Group Equipment
  • Personal Clothing
  • Forms (tour permit, passport, medicals, etc.)
  • Traveling (time, rest stops, maps, shopping, washing, meals, etc.)
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Venturing Award Opportunities

  • Gold – req. 3An activities chairman for one of the Crew’s weekend activities or super activity
  • Gold – req. 4Participate in a district, council, area, region or national Venturing event.
  • RangerCore – Communications, Cooking, possibly moreElective – Backpacking, SCUBA, etc.
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Role of the Advisor

  • Is a resource
  • Provides inspiration
  • Challenges the planners
  • Provides reality checks
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Post Event Wrap-up

  • What went well
  • What didn’t go well
  • How can the activity be improved next time
  • Document, document, document
  • Developing a trip presentation for new recruits is a good idea
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Benefits

  • Life-long memories
  • Develops maturity
  • Develops responsibility
  • Acquires planning skills
  • Team building opportunities
  • Is fun!