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The Venture Program BSC-401 Cooper Wright Crew 1519 - Colonial District coopwright@aol.com What Is the Venture Program? Optional part of your troop program Geared for scouts 13 years and older No rank requirement, but probably should be First Class

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the venture program bsc 401

The Venture ProgramBSC-401

Cooper Wright

Crew 1519 - Colonial District

coopwright@aol.com

what is the venture program
What Is the Venture Program?
  • Optional part of your troop program
  • Geared for scouts 13 years and older
  • No rank requirement, but probably should be First Class
  • Offers new adventure, challenges and excitement
why is the venture program needed
Why Is the Venture Program Needed?
  • 39 Percent of scouts are 13 or older
  • Older scouts have different needs
    • Bored easily
    • Expanded social world
    • Looking for physical challenges
  • Present program provides leadership and training, but no organized activity for older scouts
  • Unlike Varsity and Venturing, the Venture patrol is a functioning part of your troop
venture scout program
Venture Scout Program
  • Based on high adventure or sports activities
  • Consists of a series of training sessions the lead to an “ultimate activity”
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Venture Scout Program
  • Fourteen Venture program pamphlets currently available
    • Backpacking Frontiersman
    • Canoe Camping Mechanics
    • Caving Orienteering
    • Cycling Rock Climbing & Rappelling
    • Discover Adventure Snow Camping
    • Fishing Whitewater
    • Freestyle Biking Wilderness Survival
additional venture scout program resources
Additional Venture Scout Program Resources
  • Twelve Varsity pamphlets currently available
    • Basketball Softball
    • Bowling Swimming
    • Roller Hockey Tennis
    • Shooting Sports Triathlon
    • Cross Country Skiing Volleyball
    • Soccer Waterskiing
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Additional Venture Scout Program Resources
  • Woods Wisdom contains 36 monthly activities that include Venture program ideas
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Additional Venture Scout Program Resources
  • Seven Outdoor Skills Instruction manuals provide information in the following areas:
    • Aquatics Camping
    • Backpacking Cooking
    • Survival Team Building
    • Rappelling/Rock Climbing
  • Passport to High Adventure is an excellent resource for planing Venture patrol “ultimate adventures”
venture patrol
Venture Patrol
  • Selects program areas of interest
  • Run by the Venture patrol leader (member of the PLC)
  • Advised by an Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture
  • Determines resources needed and recruits outside consultants
assistant scoutmaster venture
Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture
  • Responsible to the scoutmaster for Venture patrol
  • Advises the Venture patrol leader
  • Assists the patrol in obtaining needed resources and outside consultants
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Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture
  • Holds advancement conferences with Venture patrol members
  • Makes sure Venture patrol members fulfill their troop responsibilities
  • Meets with new Venture patrol members and their parents
relationship to regular troop program
Relationship to Regular Troop Program
  • Venture patrol can be a full-time, part-time or one-time activity
  • Venture patrol programs can blend with the existing troop program
  • Although the Venture program is designed to keep older scout in the troop, it can provide, it can provide the spark for younger scouts
activity recognition
Activity Recognition
  • Venture scouts can wear the Venture strip over their right pocket
  • Letter “V” can be worn on red jacket or the bottom of the merit badge sash
  • Special activity pins can be awarded at the completion of a Venture activity cycle
problems and solutions
Problems and Solutions
  • Problem
    • No expertise in high adventure skills
  • Solution
    • Troop dads with special skills
    • Outside consultants
    • Two troop patrols
  • Problem
    • Competition with troop program
  • Solution
    • Joint programs
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Problems and Solutions
  • Problem
    • Older scouts pulled from patrols
  • Solution
    • Run part-time activities, where older scouts remain in existing patrols
  • Problem
    • Shift from basic scout skills and advancement to high adventure
  • Solution
    • Strong Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture
    • Venture activities tied to merit badges
how can i get a venture scout program started in my troop
How Can I Get a Venture Scout Program Started in My Troop?
  • Sell the troop committee on the program
  • Appoint a strong assistant scoutmaster as the patrol advisor and a strong scout as the patrol leader
  • Begin Venture activities with basic high adventure skill and build from there
  • Get Venture activities on the troop calendar
  • Plan an “ultimate adventure” for each summer
how can our district help the venture program
How Can Our District Help the Venture Program?
  • Establishing a Venture scout coordinator at the district level
  • Conducting separate Venture roundtable programs
  • Providing experienced Venture leaders for the district’s training team
  • Running an annual Venture “Show and Do”
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How Can Our District Help the Venture Program?
  • Including Venture activities in district camporees
  • Supporting new Venture initiatives like Venture Leader Training and the Venture Hike-o-ree
  • During special events like the Great Scout Show, demonstrate different Venture skills
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How Can Our District Help the Venture Program?
  • Maintain a list of high adventure consultants willing to assist troops in their Venture programs
  • Develop a book of suggested local Venture program activities that have worked for district troops