Scout Oath
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.

Special Features





Key 3

The Central Region Venturing leadership team is led by the Key 3.  The Key 3 includes the Central Region Venturing President (a Venturing youth member), the Central Region Venturing Chairman (an adult volunteer) and the Central Region Venturing Staff Advisor (an adult BSA professional staff member) Together the triumvirate guides, directs, and supports Venturing in the Central Region through a variety of methods.  The Key 3, in addition to other members of the Central Region Venturing Committee, supports the councils and crews to help meet the needs and interests of the Venturers and Advisors in the Central Region.  The Central Region Venturing President serves additionally on the National Venturing Cabinet and is one of the national officers for Venturing.

Emily MausshardtThe 2014-2015 Central Region Venturing President is Emily Mausshardt. She is from the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) in Ballwin, Missouri. Emily is currently a sophomore at Truman State University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and is part of the Pre-Masters of Art in Education program.

During her time as a Venturer, Emily has served as the Central Region Venturing Vice President of Communications, Area 3 Venturing President, GSLAC New Horizons District Venturing President, New Horizons District Ranger Award Presentation Coordinator, Crew 627 President, and Crew 627 Vice President of Communications. She has earned the Religious Life and Outdoor Bronze Awards, the Gold Award, the Silver Award, and the Pope Pius XII Award. She is currently finishing her Venturing Ranger Award. She is also a recipient of the Council, Area, and Regional Venturing Leadership Awards. She is a member of the National Youth Leadership Society. Emily was active in the Girl Scouts through high school and earned the GSUSA Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

Emily has completed the VLSC, ILSC, Kodiak, Kodiak X, NYLT, and NAYLE leadership training courses. In 2012, she completed the Powder Horn resource management course. She has served as a program counselor at John S. Swift Base, Greater St. Louis Area Council's Venturing summer camp, for the past two summers. In 2010, she served as the Chaplain’s Aide for her crew’s Philmont trek, and as the Crew Leader on their trek to Philmont in 2012. She has also attended Winterfest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for three years.

At Truman, Emily is involved in the Catholic Newman Center choir on campus, and is a member of the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the brand new Venturing Crew 2010 in Kirksville, Missouri. While in high school at Visitation Academy, Emily was a member of the National Honor Society, played handbells, and was very active in the technical side of the school’s theatre program.

Her main goal for the year is ensuring a smooth transition into the new Venturing program, and she has many monthly goals to ensure this happens throughout her term. Emily’s other goals include continuing to enhance the communication tools she worked on last year, including the regional Venturing newsletter and updating and developing more resources on She also wants to finish the plans for, and successfully hold, the 3rd Central Region Venturing Fun Event.

Mr. Kris Zahrobsky

Kris Zahrobsky is the Central Region Venturing Chair/Advisor.

Kris is from Pathway to Adventure Council in Chicago, Illinois. A lifetime member of the BSA, he started as a youth Tiger Cub and completed his youth tenure serving as the Central Region Venturing President from 2000-2001.

Kris is an Arrow of Life Recipient, Eagle Scout, Exploring Gold Award Recipient, Venturing Silver Award Recipient, James E. West Fellow, and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. He has also received the Council, Region, and National Venturing Leadership Awards. He has served on a National Jamboree staff, and was a Crew Contingent Leader for the Fifth Nippon (Japan) Venture.

As an adult, Kris serves on the Central Region Committee, National Venturing Committee, National Venturing Cabinet, and National Program Development Committee. Prior to his current role, he served as the Central Region Area 7 Venturing Chair/Advisor from 2001-2014. He was awarded the Silver Antelope at the 2014 National Annual Meeting.

Kris enjoys traveling, cooking, softball, bowling, and haunted houses. He, his wife, and their dog, Hawkeye, reside in Willowbrook, Illinois.

Mr. Matt Thornton

The Regional Venturing Staff Advisor is Mr. Matt Thornton.