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.
2013 -2014 National Venturing President - Annaliese ParkerCongratulation to the NEW 2013 -2014 National Venturing President Annaliese Parker!
Annaliese is from the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, at the heart of Silicon Valley in California. She served as the Western Region Venturing president, Venturing vice president of communications for the Western Region, and Area 3 president in prior terms. She now attends Drexel University, where she is studying electrical engineering.
She began Venturing before age 14, with a 55-mile backpacking trip through Kings Canyon to the top of Mount Whitney in Southern California, the highest point in the contiguous United States. She knew from then on that Venturing was for her. Since that first outing she has enjoyed river rafting, more backpacking, camping, all-night service projects, and even meetings. (Her crew held meetings at a local IHOP restaurant, and they were a blast.) Northern Tier in 2010 was a crew highlight event for Annaliese: 115 miles of paddling and portages in Minnesota and Ontario at all hours of the day and night, and constant sightings of bald eagles and beavers.
From there, she branched out and started working at the council level as a Venturing officers' association organizer and trainer. She has been a staff member at National Youth Leadership Training several times (her council piloted the integration of Venturing into NYLT) and at the first Venturing NAYLE course.
Outside of Scouting, Annaliese likes to play lacrosse and soccer and be in the outdoors. Through participation in the National Charity League and other organizations, she has received the highest-level Presidential Service Award each year since 2009. She takes biannual camping trips to Yosemite National Park and rock climbs during the summer there. Annaliese introduced her crew to slack lining years before it was popularized by an appearance in the Superbowl, and they now regularly present it at local Scouting events.
Annaliese has two younger brothers (both Venturers, of course) who are finally big enough to fight back, so she's learned to be wily. Another part of being the oldest sibling is spending years baby-sitting her little cousins who still aren't quite big enough to fight back.
Her mission is to build strong and lasting VOAs that, with support from areas, regions and the National Venturing Cabinet, will provide exceptional programs, recruit effectively, and increase the strength and number of their local crews.