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District/Council Venturing Guide


Here’s Venturing:
A Guide to
Implementing
Venturing in a
District and
Council, No 33466
 Venturing Delivery System


It is recommended that councils serve
Venturing through the district structure

Venturing should be integrated into the
district structure of Membership,
Commissioners, Training, Program,
Finance and Roundtables
                Membership

Each district should have a membership committee that works
closely with the unit serving executive to establish a growth plan
for new-unit and membership growth.

Typically this committee would be responsible for all divisions of
scouting in the district (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts
and Venturing)

Each district should recruit a Venturing crew organizer to assist
the district membership committee in all membership and new-
unit tasks related to Venturing.
                   Crew Organizer


• Recruit volunteers to assist in membership and new-unit functions

 Serve as a member of district membership committee

 Help district membership committee determine youth market
(Career/Hobby Interest Survey)

 Help each Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship schedule and
conduct a successful “open house”
        Crew Organizer (con’t)


 Help district membership committee identify and open
doors in organizations with potential to charter crews
(churches, Scout troops, high school and college clubs,
outdoor organizations, service clubs, etc.)

 Using the Impact Plan or selling individually, help the
district sell organizations on Venturing and organize crews
and ships.

 Educate and support other members of the district
membership committee on Venturing
Sources of New Venturing Crews


• Crews organized from high school career interest surveys

• Crew associated with Boy Scout troops

• Crews associated with religious groups

• Crews associated with high school clubs

• Crews associated with community recreation activities
What to look for in potential chartered organizations


  • Goals of organization are compatible with those of the BSA

  • Organization is civic-minded and interested in youth

  • Organization has enough members to provide adult leadership

  • Organization has sufficient program resources to support a
  crew

  • You have sufficient youth names to recruit crew members
  (about 10% of those invited stay with unit)

  • Top official of the organization is sold on Venturing
   Student Career Interest Survey


• Survey of students career and hobby interest and contact
information

• Provides school system with career interest information on
their students

• Provides BSA with potential Venturer names and information

• Work survey with Learning For Life in council
                 Open House

• Designed to interest prospective Venture aged youth in
joining the program of the chartered organization.

• Should include information on what Venturing is and how
to join

• Should include hands-on activity

• Should tell the prospect what the crew does

• Remember youth like to do things and must be convinced
that they will be able to do things in Venturing.
           Selling the Scoutmaster

• Venturing was designed to complement the Boy Scout Troop

• Venturing crew is organized in a way that allows flexibility,
so boys can participate in both programs

• Venturing offers new advancement opportunities

• Venturing is the path to keep boys who have graduated
beyond Boy Scouting in the scouting program
Venturing and Religious Youth Groups

 • Venturing has been tailored to help religious groups achieve
 their aims and purposes by providing leadership training,
 outdoor and high-adventure activity, program activities,
 recognition for youth, a national recognized program and
 insurance.

 • Owned by the religious organization, under their leadership,
 meeting their needs

 • Access to BSA property for religious retreats and training

 • Professional guidance on making the program succeed
               Impact Plan

Venturing Impact Plan is designed to identify and sell
community organizations on the Venturing program.

Experience tells us that Impact Plans are most successful

• when a specific group is targeted (e.g. religious organizations,
       Boy Scout Troops, etc.
• when lunch or dinner is served
• when the host is a member of the targeted group
• when youth members give testimonials
• when the host endorses the program and suggests that
       participants fill out a commitment card.
             Commissioner Service

Venturing ongoing service comes from the unit-serving executive
and the commissioner staff. It is recommend that Venturing crews
be served by unit commissioners serving on the district
commissioner staff under the direction of the district commissioner.

A dedicated unit commissioner should contact Venturing crews at
least monthly.

It is recommended that each district recruit an assistant district
commissioner-Venturing in an ad hoc capacity to educate and train
unit commissioners. After this task is complete this individual could
be reassigned to other commissioner responsibilities.
Assistant District Commissioner-Venturing


  • Assist the district commissioner by education unit
  commissioners about Venturing.

  • Help Venture crews with the annual rechartering process.

  • Ensure that each crew is visited monthly and unit health
  problems are identified.

  • Facilitate unit problem solving by utilizing available
  resources.
     Unit Commissioner Duties

• Make monthly contact with each assigned crew

• Represent the council to the crew

• Help with annual rechartering

• Encourage training for the Advisor and youth officers

• Assist in the planning process

• Help each Venturing crew attain the National Quality
Unit Award
Unit Commissioners – Keys to Success
       With Venturing Crews

        • Be informed
        • Support the Advisor
        • Seek Resources
        • Involve Others
        • Encourage Participation
        • Represent the Council
        • Give Recognition
        • Proper Planning
              Roundtables

It is recommended that Venturing crew Advisors, other
adult leaders and youth officers be invited to monthly
district roundtable meetings. The monthly district
roundtable meeting is designed to train, inform and
motivate.

They will benefit from associating with Cub Scout and Boy
Scout leaders and finding out about district and council
events

The district roundtable should begin with a joint session of
all leaders to learn about upcoming events. Following the
joint session program specific breakouts should be held.
   Venturing Roundtable Guide



Venturing
Roundtable
Guide, No.
34342 details
how to run
Venturing
roundtables
Venturing Roundtable Commissioner


  • Put together each month an exciting, motivational,
  informative roundtable.
  • Recruit consultants from within Scouting and the
  community to help conduct successful roundtables.
  • Serve as a member of the district commissioner staff.
  • spend as much time planning a roundtable as
  conducting one.
  • Be flexible and responsive to the needs of Venturing
  crew Advisors and officers.
                  Training

Venturing leadership training is designed to provide all youth
and adult leaders with a series of training opportunities that
will meet the varying needs of Venturing leaders.

All sessions are flexible so the training team can construct the
best plan to meet local conditions. The plan requires the
minimum of equipment and materials and is scripted to
support instructors with limited Venturing experience.

Each district should recruit a Venturing leader training
coordinator. This volunteer should serve as a member of the
district training committee. For small number of Venturing
crews in the council this could be a council coordinated
function.
District Venturing Leader Training Coordinator


• Recruit volunteers needed to perform Venturing training
functions in the district
• Serve as a member of the district training committee
• Plan promote and conduct Adult Venturing Leader Basic
Training, No 33491A
• Work with unit commissioners to ensure that all new
leaders receive basic training
• Promote and conduct the Venturing Leadership Skills
Course, No. 34340
• Plan, promote and conduct Powder Horn training
  Venturing Training Courses
Crew Officers Seminar (run by crew Advisor from outline
in Venture Leader Manual) – Youth officers

Adult Venturing Leader Basic Training (run by district
training committee) – All adult scouters associated with
Venturing (Required to be considered trained)

Venturing Leadership Skills Course (run by crew Advisor) –
All Venturers

Powder Horn (run by council or region) – All Outdoor
Venturing Adult Leaders

Sea Badge (run by council or region) – All Sea Scout Adult
Leaders
                Advancement

The greatest roadblock to implementing the Venturing
Awards Program in your council is ignorance.

To help promote Venturing advancement, it is
recommended that a district Venturing advancement
coordinator be recruited. This individual should serve on
the district advancement committee

[note the top Venturing advancement awards (Silver,
Ranger and Quartermaster) do not require district
participation in their boards of review. These reviews are
run by the crew or ship and must have adult leaders and
Venturers on the boards.]
District Venturing Advancement Coordinator

  • provide assistance to units in implementing the Venturing
  advancement program

  • Help units establish an active advancement program

  • Promote the Bronze, Gold, Silver , Ranger and
  Quartermaster awards

  • Create and maintain a list of consultants for Venturers and
  Advisors to access in pursuit of the Ranger and Silver awards

  • Ensure that award recipients are recognized by the Scout
  community and the public.
Venturing Awards
                    Program

The program and leadership of even the most outstanding
Venturing crew may be enriched, by interchange with other
crews through council wide Venturing events

• Council camping committee must provide for Venturing
outdoor needs

• District camp promotion and outdoor committee should
help Venturing crews carry out a year-round camping
program

•Councils and districts should recruit volunteers to chair
Venturing events as needed.
                     Finance


The foundation of fund-raising in Venturing must remain the
Friends of Scouting campaign conducted by local councils
and districts.

It is not recommended that a separate Venturing campaign be
run. Venturing can be marketed within existing campaign.
You can off course run a Venturing campaign (family
campaign, telethon, mailing, etc.) within your existing
campaign.
              Sea Scouting


Councils with a number of sea Scout ships may organize
them into a cluster, with a council Sea Scouting committee
to provide training, service, and program help to the ships.

Its chair, often called the “commodore,” is recruited and
approved by the Scout Executive and council president.
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