Beyond the Crew Level and The Venturing Officer’s Association Objectives • Explain the roles of and purposes Venturing Program from the District to National level • Explain the purpose of the VOA and how a VOA is established District Level • Plan and conduct district level Venturing events. • Provide direct support to Venturing crews. • Help with providing training to units (ILSC, etc). • Various among each district. Council Level • Has a board of officers who assist. • Creates various Venturing related events. • Provides support to district VOAs (or helps establish them). • Conducts training programs. • Varies among each council. Area Level • Lead by the Venturing Area President with an volunteer Area Chair and an Area VOA • Promotes the Venturing Program on the Area level • Acts as a communication liaison between the councils and the region • Encourages councils to establish a VOA or improve an established VOA • Serves as a member of the Regional VOA • Serves the President of the Area VOA Regional Level • Lead by the Venturing Regional President with an volunteer Area Chair and an Area VOA • Promotes the Venturing Program on the Regional and Area levels • Acts as a communication liaison between Nationals and and the Area levels • Presides over the areas and serves as present of the Regional VOA • Serves as a member of the National VOA National Level • Lead by the National Venturing President • Promotes the Venturing Program on the National and Regional levels • Acts as a communication liaison between Nationals and and the Regional levels • Presides over the regions and serves as President of the National VOA • Facilitates the Venturing Program as a whole • Leads the changes and efforts of the program THE VENTURING OFFICERS ASSOCIATION What is a VOA? • Venturing Officers Association • Composed of a representative from each district (preferably the Crew President). • The Council VOA has officers (either elected or selected). • VOAs exist on the district, council, area, regional, and national levels. • Sometimes referred to as a TLC or Teen Leaders Council. Officers of the VOA • President • Can have other support officers that the Council feels would help to benefit their operations. Examples: Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Program, Vice President of ____, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. • Committee chairs may be created that also help with the Councils Venturing operations: Activities Chair, Membership Chair, Cookie Chair! What does the VOA do? • Purpose: to help council Venturing advisors and professionals to get the prospective of the youth in the council. • It allows the youth to develop leadership skills and gives council professional a resource to build the council’s Venturing program. • A VOA can plan activities for the council and promote Venturing. Establishing a VOA The First Step • Get interested youth and adults to help form a VOA. • Establish a brief set of guidelines to serve as your basis of how you will operate • These guidelines can be the basis for VOA by-laws • When Setting up a VOA: – Determine what the purpose and your thought process for the VOA activities. – Determines who the VOA officers are and chairs (if any). – How long the officer terms will be. – Who has voting rights. • It is best to establsih by-laws early on • And corrections and updates can be made as needed. The Second Step • Elect or select a group of officers to lead the VOA. • The officers should determine what they want to do (plan an activity, etc). – Create a calendar of events and activities. – Begin small and work your way up. – Work with your Staff Advisor (Scouting Professional). The Third Step • Encourage the council VOA should work with each district to create District VOAs. – This may prove to be the hardest part to begin. – At least begin by identifying a key youth and adult from each district to attend the Council VOA meetings. – Work with the District Executives (staff professionals). • The District VOA President will serve on the Council VOA. • Each Crew President will serve on the District VOA • The Council VOA President serves on the Area VOA. Maintaining the VOA • Become active in your council and make a strong presence. • Seek support of your council. – Let them know what is going on and work with them. – Typically the VOA President serves on the Council Executive Board. Build the VOA up • Create goals for yourself/the council. • Look for improvement. • Succession plan for future leaders. • Network and communicate with other councils. • Plan activities – It helps get people interested and become future leaders.
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