Scouting Program Archives: Venturing / Older Scouts
Older Scouts and Venturers require more challenges and adventure to keep the Scouting program engaging for them. They also enjoy games and activities which involve working together and solving problems.
Find ideas to keep your older Scout and Venturing program alive and exciting with some of the articles below.
Fall Fun Rally 2014 In a couple of weeks, our crew is going to Fall Fun Rally. This annual event, which started 41 years ago in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, claims to be the largest annual gathering of Venturers and Explorers.
Picture Telephone Game Picture Telephone is a visual version of the classic telephone game. Our Crew recently played this during the Communication section of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course.
Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills (ILSC or ILST) This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Boy Scout troops (ILST).
One Scout Oath and Law - Our Changing World All BSA programs to use the Scout Oath and Law - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. I think the consistency is good, but I will miss some aspects of the old versions,.
Swift Explorer Base Since I often do reviews when I go camping, I thought I'd do an article about some of our experiences at John S. Swift Explorer Base. Swift is located at S -F Scout Ranch near Farmington, Missouri.
The Scouting Way The Scouting Way can help everybody: men and women, young and old, Scouts and non-Scouts alike incorporate the core ethics and principles of Scouting into their daily lives, in just minutes a day.
Venturing Gold Award Requirements The Venturing Gold Award was developed to recognize the significant accomplishment in a Scout's life in a broad spectrum of activities.
Journey To Excellence Service Projects The Journey to Excellence Service Project initiative encourages Scouting units to carry out meaningful service projects.
Problem - Scouters Too Involved in Meetings The adults involved are very enthusiastic, which is great, but they tend to talk over the kids and take over the meetings. Some of the adults are keeping the kids form running the meetings successfully.
Shoot The Gap Game This game is suggested as an interpatrol activity for one of the meeting plans in the Public Service troop program feature. This game would also work as a team building game or ice breaker, since the participants must know the names of the other players. So I think this could also be worked into a Crew program.
Crew Social Event and Service Project – Trunk or Treat They are going to help distribute pizzas at the event and do some other small jobs for the organizers. In return, they will have a table where they can hang out together and pass out candy (since none of them has a car). They will wear costumes and have a great time. So this will mostly be a social event for them with just a little service thrown in. It should be fun for them.
Crew Activity – Teen Area at Homecoming Our parish Fall Festival is coming up in a couple of weeks. Our Crew asked if they could do some sort of service project at the event, and it was decided that they would provide some sort of gathering spot for the teenagers. So they are going to have a pavilion type tent which is for teenagers - no little kids allowed.
Book Review Part 5: Developing Teen Leadership This final section of the book looks at how parents and teachers can apply the advice presented earlier in the book in their own unique roles to teens. It includes some caveats. For example, a teacher might be limited in how much control he can really allow teens to have in a classroom. It also includes some encouragement for parents and teachers, such as a reminder that parents are always a teens greatest role model.
Book Review Part 4: Developing Teen Leadership I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. Today I am reviewing part 4 of the book - Topics.
Starting a Venture Crew Maybe you've heard about this coed Scouting program for young men and women and you're ready to try to organize a Venture Crew. You might even have a specific group of young people in mind. It could be you know of a group who want to go out hiking or work on model trains together or maybe you just want to get a church youth group going. So where do you start?
Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Yesterday I wrote about the Troop Program Feature for Shooting. As I mentioned, our troop will be having a shooting outing later this summer. As part of that outing, they will have the opportunity to earn the Shooting merit badge. So I thought I'd follow up today with a post with the requirements.
BSA Methods - Teaching Others The methods of Scouting are the ways that Scouting's aims of developing character, citizenship, and fitness in youth are achieved. One of the methods for Venturers is “teaching others”. Teaching others is the best way to really acquire deep knowledge of an area. By sharing their skills with others, Venturers retain their knowledge better and provide service to others
Chicken on a Hut Game This game makes a fun break in a meeting. It is a favorite with our Venture Crew. Because of the physical contact with the partners, when playing this game with our coed Crew, boys are partners with boys and girls are partners with girls.
Scouting Resources - High Adventure Destinations Scoutmaster Clarke Greene - of The Scoutmaster Podcast fame - is developing a database of high adventure destinations. I love the idea! Adding a little adventure to a program keeps older Scouts engaged.
Crew Activity - City Museum The Crew is planning another activity this meeting. They are all going to church together and then they are heading to the City Museum. The City Museum is often described as a giant playground for teenagers and young adults, so this should be a fun activity for them.
BSA Methods - Leadership Development I think that being elected by their peers is meaningful to many of our youth. The role of adults in these units is to train the youth leaders.
BSA Methods - Group Activities "Group Activities" is one of the BSA methods for Venturers.
National Youth Leadership Training National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth
Venturing Super Activity One of the things our Crew has been discussing lately is planning a super activity. A super activity is something beyond the normal weekend campout.
Venture Crew Officers The leadership structure in a Venture Crew is much different than in a Boy Scout Troop. Venturing offices are President, Vice President - Administration, Vice President - Program, Secretary, and Treasurer.
BSA Methods - Association with Adults Association with adults is one of the methods used in both Boy Scouts and Venturing. While these programs are youth-led, there are still adults present to mentor and help the youth leaders.
Aims of Scouting – Citizenship The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. So how is citizenship incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA?
Getting Teens to Sign Up for Venturing Our Crew has been trying to recruit lately. The problem they are having is they talk to Bob and he isn't sure he wants to go unless Tim and Amy are going. They talk to Tim and Amy and they are wondering who else will be there. And on and on...
Crew Activities - Skiing At our Crew meeting this past Sunday, the focus was on skiing. Our council is having a ski night for Venturers at a local ski resort in January. The original plan had been to have a guest speaker come in and give some skiing tips. He couldn't make it at the last minute, so our Crew president made a presentation instead.
Aims of Scouting – Character The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. Today we look at how character development is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA.
Aims of Scouting - Fitness The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. So how are physical and mental fitness is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA?
Scouting For Food The featured core value for Cub Scouts for the month of November is citizenship. Our Pack will help encourage citizenship in our Cub Scouts by participating in the local Scouting for Food program.
Crew Costume Party Our Venture Crew is having a costume party tonight. JD is responsible for planning the activities. I've asked him for a general idea of what will be happening.
BSA Methods for Boy Scouts vs Venturers Some people wonder about what the main differences between the Boy Scout and Venturing programs. Aside from the obvious differences – the age difference and boys only vs. coed – looking at the methods used in the two programs offers some insights into the main differences between the program.
Online Training - Venturing Crew Officers Orientation The Venturing Crew Officers Orientation is meant to be shown directly to your Venturing Crew officers. If you are a new Advisor or Associate Advisor, you will also find this training informational.
The Aims of Scouting The Boy Scouts of America enumerates three aims of Scouting – Character, Citizenship, and Fitness.
The Outdoor Code Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.
Human Knot Game This is an icebreaker in which a group must work together to "untie" themselves from a knot. This is a cooperative rather than competitive game.
Scouting’s Teaching EDGE (BSA Edge Method) The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.
Regular Crew Meetings Our Crew has been going for about 10 months now and our officers are still trying to determine what will work for the group. Up until now, our meeting schedule has been pretty irregular. Things have been going pretty smoothly for the group, but it seems like regular meetings would help with planning and growing.
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