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Venturing 2.0

It’s Who We Are (Group Identity)

When the changes to the Venturing program were made, Venturing adopted three new methods: Mentoring, Group Identity, and Service. This month, we are going to be talking a little bit about Group Identity.

Youth among the Venturing age group have a strong desire and need to feel like they belong to a group. The method, Group Identity, is meant to help youth feel as part of the Venturing program. As such, crews are now required to have some sort of group identity. This can be a pin, hat, or t-shirt, among other things, which all members wear during events and activities. Your crew can adopt the official green shirt, if you desire, as well, though it is not required.

Besides giving youth a sense of belonging, why is Group Identity important? Imagine taking your crew to National Jamboree, Philmont, or on any crew activity where others are present. When your crew is wearing your shirt, hat, or other identifying item, you stand out as a group. Internally, it is easy to find other members of your group and, externally, your presence is easily recognized.

Because of the need to belong to a group and the presence it gives your crew, Group Identity is an essential part of the Venturing program.

It’s All about Us (The New Awards)

With the changes to the Venturing program comes new awards! Now that 2015 is upon us, the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards have been retired, but the new awards, Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit are ready to be earned! The new awards are diamond shaped patches worn on the left breast pocket of the Venturing uniform. Additionally, the Summit Award is also in the form of a medal and square knot.

Venturing Award
All Venturers who were registered in Venturing on June 1, 2014 have earned the Venturing Award. Venturers who have joined since then are well on their way to completing this award – simply participate in a crew activity, complete Personal Safety Awareness Training, state your intention to join the crew, and participate in an interview by your crew president and advisor!

Discovery Award
After you have earned the Venturing Award, you can turn your focus to the Discovery Award! The requirements include participating in Tier II and Tier III activities, completing CPR and First Aid, taking Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews and Goal-Setting and Time Management trainings, completing personal reflections, and doing 24 hours of service, among other requirements.

Pathfinder Award
The next award is the Pathfinder Award, which allows you to take your participation in Venturing to a new level. In addition to the 24 hours of service completed for the Discovery Award, you need to complete 36 additional service hours for the Pathfinder Award. Several other requirements include completing Project Management training, serving in a leadership role or as staff for a leadership training course, participating in ethical controversies, and completing two additional personal reflections.

Summit Award
The final award is the Summit Award, which is the highest award a Venturer may earn. In addition to participating in additional Tier II and Tier III activities, completing Mentoring training, and creating a personal code of conduct, you must plan and lead a substantial service project as described in the Summit Award Workbook.

A complete list of the requirements for these awards can be found in the Handbook for Venturers, Awards and Requirements Handbook, and online at

Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone! (Awards Being Retired)

The Venturing program is changing and some of the awards are, too! The Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards will all be retired and replaced with the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit Awards at the close of the year on December 31st. In order to earn one of the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards, all requirements must be completed by December 31st.

What about the other awards – Ranger, Quest, TRUST, and Quartermaster, for example? All of the other awards will remain the same. In the past, Venturers have looked at the Outdoor Bronze award as ‘half’ of the Ranger Award. The Ranger Award is not changing! The only difference is that when you complete half of the requirements for Ranger post-December 31st, you will have simply earned half of the Ranger Award. Similarly with the Sea Scout Bronze award. In the past, when a Venturer or Sea Scout completed the Sea Scout Bronze award, they also attained the Ordinary rank in Sea Scouting. Those requirements are not changing for Sea Scouting, but you will no longer earn the Sea Scout Bronze award in addition when you complete the requirements for the Ordinary rank.

If you are interested in earning one of the Bronze, Gold, or Silver awards – look at the requirements today as they will be retired on December 31st, 2014! Check back in January for an article on the new Venturing awards!

A New Terrain (Trainings!)

Last month, we took some time to look at the Methods of Venturing more closely. As a refresher, the methods of Venturing are Leadership and Mentoring, Group Activities and Adventuring, Recognition, Adult Association, Ideals, Group Identity, and Service. This month, we are going to focus on the new and revised trainings available for Venturers and Advisors. So, what are the new trainings?

For Youth:

  • Goal Setting and Time Management
    • Through a series of demonstrations and activities, you learn several time management techniques and are guided through reflection on how to manage your time in your own life more effectively. In addition, you will learn about setting thorough goals in your day to day life.
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews
    • Great for new crew officers and all Venturers alike, this course teaches you the basics of leadership and provides ideas and insights on improving crew meetings and activities for an even more exciting crew experience.
  • Project Management
    • At the heart of Venturing are fun and adventurous activities. Project Management training will help you better understand your role as a leader of a project or activity.
  • Mentoring
    • Mentoring training is designed to help you grow as a mentor for others and will guide you in understanding how to be a mentor, and further, how to be an effective mentor for others.
      *** In addition, Personal Safety Awareness Training and Crew Officers’ Orientation are required for the Venturing and Discovery Awards, respectively, but are not new nor revised trainings.
For Adults:
  • Crew Committee Challenge
    • Crew Committee Challenge is the training specifically for crew committee members, which will provide information on how a crew committee is structured. In addition, the course will provide insight into how the committee can best support the Venturing Crew as a whole in its existence and operations.
  • Venturing Leader Specific Training
    • The Venturing Leader Specific Training is the training for crew advisors and associate advisors that provides instruction on how a successful Venturing crew operates. You will learn more about the structure of the program, as well as resources that are available to you as an adult leader in the crew.
Are you looking for something to do at your crew meetings outside of crew business? Try teaching one of these trainings. Although most of them are longer trainings that a single one of your crew meetings, you can break them down and teach or participate in the training over the course of several meetings. Furthermore, if you are interested in taking these trainings, be on the lookout for your area’s conference as several of these trainings may be offered at that event!

Methods of Venturing

Have you seen a copy of the new Venturing handbooks yet? Looking through the handbooks and reading the information available on the website can be extremely exciting, but also a little bit overwhelming with all of the new changes. But don’t worry! The Central Region will be focusing on one change each month until May with the information you need to know as well as fun ways to get involved.

Let’s get started here in October with a theme of Venturing 2.0! This month, we will be focusing on the new and updated Methods of Venturing:

  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Group Activities and Adventure
  • Recognition
  • Adult Association
  • Ideals
  • Group Identity
  • Service
These methods have been determined as key components of a successful youth development program. With a focus on the methods, not only will your crew’s program be thrilling for Venturers to participate in, but they will grow as individuals and leaders in the process. A full description of each of the methods can be found in the Advisor Guidebook.