Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years of age or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and under 21 years of age.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills and become good citizens.
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Activities Available in Venturing
What a Venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of the adult and youth leaders and members of the crew:
- Sail the ocean
- Produce a play
- Climb a mountain
- Learn to SCUBA dive
- Teach disabled people to swim
Leadership All venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills. A Venturing crew is led by elected crew officers. The Venturing Leadership Skills Course is designed for all Venturers and helps teach them in an active way to lead effectively.
Group Activities Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all.
Adult Association The youth officers lead the crew. The officers and activity chairs work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders in a spirit of partnership. The adults serve in a “shadow” leader capacity.
Recognition comes through the Venturing advancement program and through the acknowledgement of a youth’s competence and ability by peers and adults.
The Ideals venturers are expected to know and live the Venturing Oath and Code. They promise to be faithful in religious duties, treasure their American heritage, help others, and seek truth and fairness.
High Adventure venturing’s emphasis on high adventure helps provide team-building opportunities, new meaningful experiences, practical leadership application and lifelong memories.
Teach Others All of the venturing awards require Venturers to teach what they have learned to others.
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.
The Scout Law
A Scout is
- and reverent.