2 District/Council Venturing Guide Here’s Venturing: A Guide to Implementing Venturing in a District and Council, No 33466
3 Venturing Delivery System It is recommended that councils serve Venturing through the district structureVenturing should be integrated into the district structure of Membership, Commissioners, Training, Program, Finance and Roundtables
4 MembershipEach district should have a membership committee that works closely with the unit serving executive to establish a growth plan for new-unit and membership growth.Typically this committee would be responsible for all divisions of scouting in the district (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturing)Each district should recruit a Venturing crew organizer to assist the district membership committee in all membership and new-unit tasks related to Venturing.
5 Crew OrganizerRecruit volunteers to assist in membership and new-unit functionsServe as a member of district membership committeeHelp district membership committee determine youth market (Career/Hobby Interest Survey)Help each Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship schedule and conduct a successful “open house”
6 Crew Organizer (con’t) Help district membership committee identify and open doors in organizations with potential to charter crews (churches, Scout troops, high school and college clubs, outdoor organizations, service clubs, etc.)Using the Impact Plan or selling individually, help the district sell organizations on Venturing and organize crews and ships.Educate and support other members of the district membership committee on Venturing
7 Sources of New Venturing Crews Crews organized from high school career interest surveysCrew associated with Boy Scout troopsCrews associated with religious groupsCrews associated with high school clubsCrews associated with community recreation activities
8 What to look for in potential chartered organizations Goals of organization are compatible with those of the BSAOrganization is civic-minded and interested in youthOrganization has enough members to provide adult leadershipOrganization has sufficient program resources to support a crewYou have sufficient youth names to recruit crew members (about 10% of those invited stay with unit)Top official of the organization is sold on Venturing
9 Student Career Interest Survey Survey of students career and hobby interest and contact informationProvides school system with career interest information on their studentsProvides BSA with potential Venturer names and informationWork survey with Learning For Life in council
10 Open HouseDesigned to interest prospective Venture aged youth in joining the program of the chartered organization.Should include information on what Venturing is and how to joinShould include hands-on activityShould tell the prospect what the crew doesRemember youth like to do things and must be convinced that they will be able to do things in Venturing.
11 Selling the Scoutmaster Venturing was designed to complement the Boy Scout TroopVenturing crew is organized in a way that allows flexibility, so boys can participate in both programsVenturing offers new advancement opportunitiesVenturing is the path to keep boys who have graduated beyond Boy Scouting in the scouting program
12 Venturing and Religious Youth Groups Venturing has been tailored to help religious groups achieve their aims and purposes by providing leadership training, outdoor and high-adventure activity, program activities, recognition for youth, a national recognized program and insurance.Owned by the religious organization, under their leadership, meeting their needsAccess to BSA property for religious retreats and trainingProfessional guidance on making the program succeed
13 Impact PlanVenturing Impact Plan is designed to identify and sell community organizations on the Venturing program.Experience tells us that Impact Plans are most successfulwhen a specific group is targeted (e.g. religious organizations, Boy Scout Troops, etc.when lunch or dinner is servedwhen the host is a member of the targeted groupwhen youth members give testimonialswhen the host endorses the program and suggests that participants fill out a commitment card.
14 Commissioner ServiceVenturing ongoing service comes from the unit-serving executive and the commissioner staff. It is recommend that Venturing crews be served by unit commissioners serving on the district commissioner staff under the direction of the district commissioner.A dedicated unit commissioner should contact Venturing crews at least monthly.It is recommended that each district recruit an assistant district commissioner-Venturing in an ad hoc capacity to educate and train unit commissioners. After this task is complete this individual could be reassigned to other commissioner responsibilities.
15 Assistant District Commissioner-Venturing Assist the district commissioner by education unit commissioners about Venturing.Help Venture crews with the annual rechartering process.Ensure that each crew is visited monthly and unit health problems are identified.Facilitate unit problem solving by utilizing available resources.
16 Unit Commissioner Duties Make monthly contact with each assigned crewRepresent the council to the crewHelp with annual recharteringEncourage training for the Advisor and youth officersAssist in the planning processHelp each Venturing crew attain the National Quality Unit Award
17 Unit Commissioners – Keys to Success With Venturing CrewsBe informedSupport the AdvisorSeek ResourcesInvolve OthersEncourage ParticipationRepresent the CouncilGive RecognitionProper Planning
18 RoundtablesIt is recommended that Venturing crew Advisors, other adult leaders and youth officers be invited to monthly district roundtable meetings. The monthly district roundtable meeting is designed to train, inform and motivate.They will benefit from associating with Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders and finding out about district and council eventsThe district roundtable should begin with a joint session of all leaders to learn about upcoming events. Following the joint session program specific breakouts should be held.
19 Venturing Roundtable Guide Venturing Roundtable Guide, No detailshow to run Venturing roundtables
20 Venturing Roundtable Commissioner Put together each month an exciting, motivational, informative roundtable.Recruit consultants from within Scouting and the community to help conduct successful roundtables.Serve as a member of the district commissioner staff.spend as much time planning a roundtable as conducting one.Be flexible and responsive to the needs of Venturing crew Advisors and officers.
21 TrainingVenturing leadership training is designed to provide all youth and adult leaders with a series of training opportunities that will meet the varying needs of Venturing leaders.All sessions are flexible so the training team can construct the best plan to meet local conditions. The plan requires the minimum of equipment and materials and is scripted to support instructors with limited Venturing experience.Each district should recruit a Venturing leader training coordinator. This volunteer should serve as a member of the district training committee. For small number of Venturing crews in the council this could be a council coordinated function.
22 District Venturing Leader Training Coordinator Recruit volunteers needed to perform Venturing training functions in the districtServe as a member of the district training committeePlan promote and conduct Adult Venturing Leader Basic Training, No 33491AWork with unit commissioners to ensure that all new leaders receive basic trainingPromote and conduct the Venturing Leadership Skills Course, NoPlan, promote and conduct Powder Horn training
23 Venturing Training Courses Crew Officers Seminar (run by crew Advisor from outline in Venture Leader Manual) – Youth officersAdult Venturing Leader Basic Training (run by district training committee) – All adult scouters associated with Venturing (Required to be considered trained)Venturing Leadership Skills Course (run by crew Advisor) – All VenturersPowder Horn (run by council or region) – All Outdoor Venturing Adult LeadersSea Badge (run by council or region) – All Sea Scout Adult Leaders
24 AdvancementThe greatest roadblock to implementing the Venturing Awards Program in your council is ignorance.To help promote Venturing advancement, it is recommended that a district Venturing advancement coordinator be recruited. This individual should serve on the district advancement committee[note the top Venturing advancement awards (Silver, Ranger and Quartermaster) do not require district participation in their boards of review. These reviews are run by the crew or ship and must have adult leaders and Venturers on the boards.]
25 District Venturing Advancement Coordinator provide assistance to units in implementing the Venturing advancement programHelp units establish an active advancement programPromote the Bronze, Gold, Silver , Ranger and Quartermaster awardsCreate and maintain a list of consultants for Venturers and Advisors to access in pursuit of the Ranger and Silver awardsEnsure that award recipients are recognized by the Scout community and the public.
27 ProgramThe program and leadership of even the most outstanding Venturing crew may be enriched, by interchange with other crews through council wide Venturing eventsCouncil camping committee must provide for Venturing outdoor needsDistrict camp promotion and outdoor committee should help Venturing crews carry out a year-round camping programCouncils and districts should recruit volunteers to chair Venturing events as needed.
28 FinanceThe foundation of fund-raising in Venturing must remain the Friends of Scouting campaign conducted by local councils and districts.It is not recommended that a separate Venturing campaign be run. Venturing can be marketed within existing campaign. You can off course run a Venturing campaign (family campaign, telethon, mailing, etc.) within your existing campaign.
29 Sea ScoutingCouncils with a number of sea Scout ships may organize them into a cluster, with a council Sea Scouting committee to provide training, service, and program help to the ships.Its chair, often called the “commodore,” is recruited and approved by the Scout Executive and council president.