On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
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.
A complete list of the requirements for these awards can be found in the Handbook for Venturers, Awards and Requirements Handbook, and online at http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Venturing_Portal.
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?
Methods of VenturingHave 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: