Beyond the Crew Level and The Venturing Officer’s Association
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.