Venturing Leader Specific Training
Session #1 Here’s Venturing
Introductions • Name • Scouting Background • Venturing “Position” • Personal Interests
What is Venturing? Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are at least 15 years old OR 14 years old (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. 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, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
BSA Mission Statement The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Venturing Oath As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.
Venturing Code As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people. I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life. I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.
Venturing Uniform • No universal official uniform • Recommended uniform • Spruce green shirt • Green tabs • Gray shorts or casual pants • Uniform, if any, is crew choice
Venturing’s Unique Place Venturing Venture ScoutVarsity Crew Patrol Troop Team Stand-alone Optional Stand-alone Stand-alone 14-20 (coed) 13-17 11-17 14-17 Venturing Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan Oath & Code President,VP Venture PL SPL, ASPL, Captain, Secy, Treas, VentureAPL PL, APL, ScrSquad leader, Activity Chairs Instr., QM. Prog manager Bronze,Gold,Eagle, Life, Star, Silver,Ranger,QM 1st, 2nd, Tenderfoot, Scout +Letter
Charter Agreement • Program inventory • Hobbies, skills, careers, ideas • Adult leaders • Organize program inventory • Serve as Advisors • Meeting facilities
Venturing Crew • Youth led organization • Based on program inventory • Recruits • Elects officer • Plans programs • Adult Advisors provide training and guidance for crew’s elected officers
BSA Local Council The Boy Scouts of America recruits adult volunteers and assigns staff members to provide the following services for Venturing chartered organization’s crews.
BSA Commitment • Leadership training for Advisors and elected officers • Guidance on how to organize a crew and keep the program going successfully • Methods for recruiting Venturers, including an interest survey of local high school students. • Regular communication with each crew to provide program support
BSA Commitment • Use of council facilities, such as camps and equipment • Planning of council-wide activities that enrich the crew’s program • Liability Insurance Coverage
Venturing Methods • Adult association • Leadership • Recognition • Ideals • Group activities • High adventure • Teaching others
Nationwide Interests • 85% outdoor oriented • 11% sports and hobbies focus • 4% Sea Scout ships
The Advisor The Advisor’s responsibilities include: • Fostering a sense of community within the crew • Helping youth lead, plan, make decisions, and carry out a long term program of activities • Encourage participation and support for your crew • Uphold standards and policies of sponsoring organization and the Boy Scouts of America
The Advisor • Protect young people in your Venturing crew from abuse or neglect and uphold the standards of the BSA Youth Protection emphasis • Ensure the activities are conducted within safety guidelines and requirements • Cultivate the Venturing spirit within your crew — have fun
Session 2 Understanding and Protecting Youth
What is the purpose of Venturing? You might think that Venturing is specialty information, learning leadership skills, a community service, or a good social experience. Venturing is all of these things and more,but the primary purpose is“forming responsible and caring adults”.
Adolescent Development Issues Important development issues facing Venturers • Experimentation • Movement from dependence to interdependence • Social relationships • Physiological changes and sexual maturity • Reevaluation of values
Understanding Young Adults • What do we notice first about youth? • Size • Behavior • Many times we misjudge based on above • Harder to know what is going on in heads • Teenagers deal with opposing emotions: • They fear and crave independence • Constant struggle for power / independence • Want to be unique, but peer pressure
Leadership Styles for Advisors • Be a mentor • Be a coach • Walk your talk • Be understanding of the teenage years and their search for autonomy • Be able to relate • Show mutual respect as a team member • Develop and demonstrate conflict management skills
Protecting Our Youth Guide to Safe Scouting
Leadership requirements for trips and outings Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Scuba Camping Guns and firearms Cave exploring Climbing & rappelling Unauthorized and restricted activities Medical information Transportation Tour permits G2SS
Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Leaders Video
Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness Video
Session #3 Leadership and Organization
Crew Organization and Leadership When an organization agrees to be a sponsor in Venturing, it agrees to recruit adult leaders; an Advisor associate Advisors and a crew committee. These leaders must be adult men and women at least 21 years of age, who will guide the crew.
Venturing Crew Organization President Advisor Crew Committee Committee Chair Vice President Administration Associate Advisor Administration Vice President Program Associate Advisor Program Treasurer Treasurer Consultants Secretary Sponsoring Organization Activity Chairs
Adult Leaders • Advisor • Associate Advisors • Crew Committee • Consultants
Venturers • Age 15 OR 14 (and completed 8th grade) • Not yet 21 • Registered • Subscribes to the Oath and Code • Attends regular meetings
Elected Crew Officers • President • Vice Presidents • Secretary • Treasurer • Activity Chairs (appointed)
Adult - Venturer Team The elected Venturer officers work hand-in-hand with the adult Advisors and committee members. Activity chairs work with adult consultants (from crew committee, parents or other qualified adults) Cooperation and teamwork between adults and young adults are essential to the success of Venturing
Officer’s Briefing • Done quickly, get officers started • Advisor and new president brief new officers on current program • Explain Program Capability Inventory and Activity Interest Survey • Schedule PCI, AIS, and Seminar • Explain officers’ responsibility • Provide Advisor’s expectations
Venturing LeadershipSkills Course • Vision • Communication • Organization • Synergism
How to Conduct a Reflection
Session #4 Awards and Recognitions
B. A. R. S. Status Recognition Achievement Belonging
Venturing Recognitions Bronze Gold Silver Ranger – outdoor skills Quest – sports skills Trust – Religious and Community
BronzeAwards All Venturers can earn any or all of these, irrespective of the crew’s interest area • Sports • Religious Life (Youth Ministries) • Arts and Hobbies • Outdoor (half of RangerAward) • Sea Scouting
Religious Life Requirements • Do nine of the eleven projects: • Earn religious award • Learn about cultural diversity • Plan and lead a service project • Volunteer in church for three months • Go on a religious retreat • Be in a religious play • Serve as an officer of your Sunday School • Complete a Standard First Aid class • Do five Ethical Controversies activities • Sunday School teacher • Meet with church leader
Gold Award • Bronze Award • 12 months tenure • Leadership role • Participate in a district (or higher) event • Personal growth • Lead crew activities • Recite Venturing Oath • Three letters of recommendation • Written presentation and crew review
Silver Award • One Bronze Award • Gold Award • Emergency Preparedness (First Aid, CPR, Safe Swim Defense) • Demonstrate leadership • Including Venturing Leadership Skills Course • Participate in Ethics in Action • Crew review
Ranger Award Eight core requirements … • First Aid • Emergency Preparedness • Leave No Trace • Navigation • Wilderness Survival • Communications • Cooking • Conservation
…plus four of eighteen electives Backpacking Cave Exploring COPE Cycling/Mountain Biking Ecology First Aid Fishing Equestrian Hunting Lifesaver Mountaineering Outdoor Living History Physical Fitness Plants and Wildlife Scuba Shooting Sports Watercraft Winter Sports Ranger Award
Core requirements 1. Sports Bronze Award 2. Sport Safety Training 3. Fitness for Life 4. Fitness assessment 5. Sport disciplines One elective 1. History / heritage sports 2. Sports nutrition 3. Drug-free sport 4. Communications 5. History / heritage of disabled sports movement Quest Award
Requirements Tending your FaithLearn about your own religious journey, and earn the religious emblem for your faith group. Respecting the Beliefs of OthersLearn about freedom of religion in the US and learn about religions other than your own in your community. Understanding other CulturesLearn about the historical significance of cultures in the US and study one cultural group in detail. Serving your CommunityComplete a community service project and learn about organizations in your community that serve youth. Transforming our SocietyLearn counseling skills, conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and how to apply them in your own life. Trust Award