Venturing is a Boy Scouts of America program for young men and women who are 14 to 20 years of age. Venturing is a very flexible program. A Venturing crew might be focused on a hobby, such as railroading or scuba diving. It might just have an outdoor focus. Or it might be a church youth group with a service focus.

Venturing Focus Areas

Venturing Crews can choose a focus are. The five general areas are

  • Arts and Hobbies
  • Outdoors
  • Religious and Community Life
  • Sea Scouts
  • Sports

Venturers can pursue interests outside their focus areas also, but having a focus gives the group some common goals. Venturing is a diverse program which can be tailored to fit almost any group’s need. See the articles below for some more ideas about Venturing.

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Rebooting the Venturing Crew (Again!)

For the past few years, our venturing crew has served as the youth ministry for our church. It is time to separate the youth ministry and the venturing crew.  In many ways we are starting over again and looking for new members. #Venturing #BSA #STL #StLouis

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BSA Hornaday Award Program – Troop 319’s Awards

This is the third in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, author Ken Zabel describes some of the Hornaday projects which members of Troop 319 completed. This article describes how the individual awards and the unit Hornaday awards were earned.

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Stone fleur-de-lis also called fleur-de-lys

The Fleur de Lis and Scouting

What does the fleur de lis symbolize in Scouting? A reader asks if it is appropriate to give a fleur de lis plaque to a Cub Scout who has earned his Arrow of Light but is not continuing in Scouts BSA.

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Christmas Games: Stocking Surprise

Stocking Surprise is an easy game for your Christmas themed meeting or party. It works with almost any age group. When choosing items for the “stocking”, think of all of the senses. Include something with a scent, or something which makes noise. Include it in your Christmas games this year.

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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.

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Scout Oath

When you read the Scout Oath as is used by the BSA below, it is clear that the Scout Oath contains the same or parallel thoughts for the concepts in Baden-Powell’s original promise.

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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.

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Four Facts Game

This is an icebreaker game. It would also work well with any activity relating to personal history or storytelling. I think it could also be worked into a discussion about honesty.

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Announcements Song

The Announcements Song will add some laughs to the dry business parts of your meetings. Sing “Announcements, announcements, announcements” followed by one of the verses and then do an announcement. Sing it again and then do another announcement.

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Sleeping Pirate Game

This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn’t require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.

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Trustworthy Tommy Song

Trustworthy Tommy is a song to help Webelos and new Scouts BSA learn the Scout Law. Webelos need to memorize the law to earn the Arrow of Light. New Scouts BSA must memorize it for the Tenderfoot rank. Some boys who have trouble with rote memorization will find that learning the song helps it stick […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Book Review Part 1: 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. It is written by Dan Appleman who has 20 years of experience working with youth.

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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 […]

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