The Council Standards of Venturing Excellence Award has been redesigned and re-branded as "Council Venturing Journey to Excellence". This will help provide continuity with other BSA programs, and better evaluate the quality of a council's Venturing program. See the new form at: venturing.org/journey-to-excellence.html.
Council Standards of Venturing Excellence
The Council Standards of Venturing Excellence (CSVE) Award is presented annually by the BSA National Council to local councils. It is designed to to be used throughout the calendar year as a planning tool to strengthen a council's Venturing program, through promoting growth in categories such as membership, trainings, events, and awards. We ask that EVERY council submit a completed form between January 1 and February 15, 2018, even if your council does not qualify for a level. The form (and a list of previous recipients) can be found at: http://www.venturing.org/csve.html
Family Scouting Announcement
The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission. We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, the Cub Scouts program will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success. For more information, visit https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting/.
Scoutbook for Venturing
In 2015 the BSA acquired Scoutbook, an online program that makes it easy for Scouts to track their recognition progress with a few taps of a screen. We are excited to announce that Scoutbook is now fully compatible with Venturing Awards! With this program, crew advisors can track the progress of their crew members, and Venturers can easily submit photos and documents that fulfill award requirements through the app. Check out Scoutbook today! https://www.scoutbook.com
20 Stories to Celebrate 20 Years
How has Venturing impacted your life? We want to know! Venturing is looking to celebrate it’s 20th birthday with stories from all of you; here’s how you can enter to win:
Answer the questions and share your Venturing journey with us.
Submit your story before the deadline: November 1, 2017.
20 stories from youth, adults, and alumni will be chosen! We will reveal one winner each week leading up to VenturingFest. Winners will receive a VIP VenturingFest 2018 Experience!
Jamboree Town Hall Meeting
Attention Venturers and Advisors attending the 2017 National Jamboree: We have a special opportunity available at the Jamboree to provide direct input to the National Venturing Committee. On Tuesday, July 25, we will have two town hall sessions where you can interact with key volunteers and professionals involved in the Venturing program, and provide feedback on the direction Venturing should move. The first town hall session will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Foxtrot, and will be focused on input exclusively from advisors. The second session will be from 8:30-9:30 p.m., and will be focused on input exclusively from Venturers. Hope to see you there!
A Letter from Our President
I can't believe it's almost summer again! Just under a year ago, your Venturing officers began their journeys in their respective positions. We've had the opportunity to see Venturing thrive across the nation and bring your ideas to help Venturing succeed to the table.
Our goal this year was to increase transparency and provide our members with the information they need to lead strong Venturing crews. We planned another national Venturing event, VenturingFest 2018, to celebrate our 20th anniversary and give our members an opportunity to meet other Venturers and create connections that will strengthen our program. We released Venturing.org in January, equipped with a plethora of helpful resources and an accessible chat feature to ensure your questions are answered in a timely manner. We recently updated our SOPs and Venturing Leadership Award (VLA) procedures to ensure that youth are given a voice and our Areas have the flexibility to meet their timeline and needs. Finally, we released our Training Toolbox, an amalgamation of approved presentations created by Venturers, for Venturers to help you train your peers without starting from scratch. It's been an exciting year!
We are also excited to recognize some of our key volunteers with the National Venturing Leadership Award (NVLA). The following individuals will be presented with the NVLA on Thursday, May 25th in Orlando at the National Annual Meeting:
Christopher Mausshardt, Central Region
Erik Saderholm, Northeast Region
Katherine Schneider, Western Region
Michelle Merritt, Northeast Region
Cathie Seebauer, Central Region
Nate Steele, Central Region
Russ Hunsaker, Western Region
Andrew Miller, Northeast Region
Thank you for all your hard work and incredible contributions to Scouting this past year.
Yours in Venturing,
2017-18 National Venturing Officers' Association
We'd like to congratulate the 2017-18 National Venturing Officers' Association (NVOA) on their selections! The National Venturing Officers’ Association includes the National Venturing President, National Venturing Vice President and presidents from each of the four BSA regions (Central, Northeast, Southern and Western):
National Venturing President: Michelle Merritt
National Venturing VP: Cathie Seebauer
NER Venturing President: Ripley Price
SR Venturing President: Savannah McMillan
CR Venturing President: Dominic Wolters
WR Venturing President: Jessica Kent
Happy Birthday, Venturing!
Dear fellow Venturers,
As you may know, February 9th marks Venturing’s nineteenth birthday! Throughout the years, the Venturing program that we hold near and dear to our hearts, has provided adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service opportunities to thousands of youth throughout the nation. More importantly, it has given the future generation of our world’s leaders the memories and experiences that will last a lifetime and shape them into responsible citizens.
We have showcased nineteen different Venturing Crews that thrive through their unique application of Venturing and Scouting ideals on our social media platforms.
We would like to take a moment to thank you each of you for your contributions to our program. Whether you are a seasoned Scouter sharing your experiences with Venturers or a brand new Venturer ready to fully embrace this program’s potential, you are making a positive difference, and for that we are thankful. Without all of you, we would not have a program to serve.
We hope that each of you continues to "lead the adventure" through your local, national, and global communities. Together, we can grow and positively impact both our own lives and the lives of our peers. Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions!
Yours in Venturing,
Pratik Vaidya and Michelle Merritt
National Venturing President and National Venturing Vice President
VenturingFest 2018 - Details and Registration
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! As you may know, VenturingFest 2018 will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 1st-6th, 2018 to celebrate Venturing’s 20th birthday! Join us for quick access to the latest activities at the Summit, social events with Venturers from across the nation, an incredible birthday celebration, and the opportunity of a lifetime! This is your chance to lead the adventure at the one-and-only VenturingFest 2018!
We’re excited to announce the pricing well in advance, so you and your crew can fundraise to make this dream a reality:
Youth: $500 ($600 after 04/30/18)
Adults: $400 ($500 after 04/30/18)
Additional fee for half-day rafting excursion is optional and TBD
Unique Opportunity to Staff to 2017 National Jamboree
Are you under 25 and still looking for a way to attend the National Jamboree this summer? Sign-up for Adventure Experience Corps! (position T6161- Adventure youth Service) You will have the opportunity to experience the adventure side of the Jamboree while still serving on staff. Come for one week or come for the whole time.
Cost (for staff aged 16-25 through July 18, 2017):
For information on this, and other staffing opportunities, or to sign-up for the Jamboree, click here!
Venturing at the Philmont Training Center
When: Week 9: August 6-12
Where: Philmont Training Center, New Mexico
Inviting all key Venturing Officers' Association (VOA) youth leaders, adult advisors, and staff advisors to a new training experience! Participants will be able to join with other leaders from across the nation to network, build friendships, discover more of the ALPS program model, and develop skills to help VOAs support an explosive Venturing program that will recruit and retain youth! This isn’t your typical classroom course. Ditch the projector and immerse yourself in the beauty of PTC while enjoying some exciting adventures at Philmont. Register today!
Growing a Venturing Program
When: Week 5: August 9-15
Where: Philmont Training Center, New Mexico
The Venturing A-L-P-S program model builds on success from the past and provides a framework for a dynamic program of adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service; grounded in a flexible program of continuous, youth-led adventure with the new recognition system providing Venturers with benchmarks of progress. Using this program model as a framework for supporting your crew’s program and for establishing council support for crew program needs forms the heart of this conference. This conference is designed for crew advisors, crew committee members, and crew officers. Register today!
New National Venturing Website!
Did you hear? We have a new national Venturing website - created by Venturers for Venturers. All your Venturing resources are easily accessible and all in one place. On the first of the year, the new website was released with an easy to use interface and additional content to help your crews and councils thrive. Make sure you check out the newly redesigned venturing.org.
The 2016 Annual Report includes some of the progress Venturing has made over the year and the national opportunities for Venturers coming up in the future. Also, find out what is coming up for Venturing in the new year!
As you may know, VenturingFest 2018 will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from July 1st-6th, 2018 to celebrate Venturing’s 20th birthday! Join us for quick access to the latest activities at the Summit, social events with Venturers from across the nation, an incredible birthday celebration, and the opportunity of a lifetime!