What Is Venturing

The Venturing Attitude

Venturing is Adventure with a Purpose.  Adventures to build camaraderie and skills.  Adventures to develope leadership.  Adventures to build an attitude of service to others.  Adventures in personal growth.  Venturing adventure is a platform for development, enabling its members to go where they want in life.  And most of all, Venturing adventure is FUN!

Adventure happens whenever Venturers work together to explore and contribute to the world around them, whether building a set for a community musical, boxing cans of food for the local food pantry, or practicing cooking skills with a local restaurant chef.

Many times, Venturing adventure takes place in the outdoors.  Whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking are examples of some of the amazing outdoor adventures Venturers might find - and so is sitting quietly on the edge of a pond watching the sunset in the evening or even planning a crew trip to explore New York City's Time Square.

Adventure can happen indoors, too, such as visiting a museum, spending time job-shadowing a surgeon at the hospital, or attending a jazz concert.  Adventure can also happen simply when laughing with friends at school or a crew meeting.

Just as with life itself, Venturing is whatever you make it.  EAch group of Venturers - each crew - is different.  Each crew is made up of unique people with different interests, talents, and experiences.  There is no typical Venturing crew, just as there is no typical dreamfor waht to achieve in Venturing and in life.

An Introduction to Scouting

Scouting it the worlds largest youth movement.  It started more than a hundred years ago and has since spread around the world, attracting those who see to lead life as an adventure.  Today, more than 30 million youth in more than 200 countries participatein the adventure.

In the United States, the Boy Scouts of America offers three main Scouting Programs; Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing, with additional program opportunities through Varsity Scouting and Sea Scouting.

Cub Scouting

  • For Boys ages 7 through 10,
  • Home - and family - centered,
  • Program led by Adult Leaders,
  • Participants are part of a Pack.

Boy Scouting

  • For young men ages 11 through 17,
  • Emphasis on outdoor programming,
  • Program led by youth leaders in consultation with adults,
  • Participants are members of Patrols that make up a Troop.

Venturing

  • For young men and women ages 13 (and completed the eighth grade) or 14 through 20.
  • Features diverse program content
  • Program designed and led by youth, mentored by adult Advisors,
  • Participants, called Venturers, are part of a Crew.

Venturers who earned First Class rank as a registered Boy Scouts or Varsity Scouts are qualified until their 18th birthday to continue with Boy Scout Advancement.

Once a Scout, Always a Scout

Collectively, all members of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America are referred to as "Scouts".  Use of the term Scouts captures the unity of purpose expressed in the mission of the Boy Scouts of America:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethocial and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Ideals of Scouting

When you make the commitment to join Venturing, you are not just joining your crew.  You are joining the worlside Scouting movement.  The ideals in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are the guidelines all Scouts, use to guide their thoughts and actions.  They are honored by Scouts around the world:

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

 

While all three Scouting programs share the Scout Oath and Scout Law, each has its own motto that offers a way of interpreting the Scout Oath and Scout Law:

  • Cub Scouts seek to do their best to live up to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Boy Scouts commit to being prepared to live up tot he values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Venturers aspire to lead the adventure of a life guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

 

Cub Scout Motto Boy Scout Motto Venturing Motto
Do Your Best Be Prepared Lead the Adventure

 

The Venturing Motto, Lead the Adventure, reminds each Venturer to experience life as actively as possible.  Venturers should lead the adventure in the delivery of service, in taking part in outings and adventures, and in personal growth.

Common Questions

Can I be a member of a Boy Scout Troop and a Venturing Crew at the same time?

Yes, you can.  The question is can you give both programs the attention they deserve?  In the case of the Venturing program I am involved in, we emphasize that the young man's priority remain on his trek to Eagle and service to his Troop.  However, if the young man is coming to the Crew instead of dropping out of Scouting, we will allow him to focus primarily on the Crew while continuing work towards the rank of Eagle.