Venturing is a new Scouting program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years of age. The ideals of the program are embodied in the Venturing Oath.
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, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
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 to Catalina Island, produce a play, climb a mountain, teach disabled people to swim, or canoe down the Colorado River. These adventures and many more are being done by Venturing crews and ships across the country.
Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests. Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis.
|Citizenship||Develop a better understanding of America's social, economic and governmental systems|
Encourage a pride in our American heritage
|Leadership||Develop leadership skills|
Prepare for giving leadership and to fulfill responsibilities to American society and to the peoples of the world
|Fitness||Improve mental, emotional and physical fitness and an appreciation of sports|
Develop ethical decision-making skills
|Social||Instill stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts|
Develop skill in dealing with all people and encourage a sense of family and community responsibility
|Outdoor||Develop a degree of self-reliance based on courage, intitiative and resourcefulness|
Understand and appreciate the wise use of resources and the protection of the environment
|Service||Encourage the skill and desire to help others|
Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others.
|Venturing Crew Specialties|
The program of every Venturing crew evolves around a special avocation or hobby interest of the youth members and adult leaders. Youth members have the interest and the adult leaders provide the resouces and expertise. There are hundreds of different specialties that a Venturing crew may pursue. Venturing crews, depending on their special interest, will be part of a specialty cluster. These clusters include:
Outdoor Sports Arts/Hobbies
Youth Ministry Sea Scouting