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.

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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.

Chris MausshardtChris Mausshardt is the 2016-2017 Central Region Venturing President.

Chris previously served as the 2014-2015 Greater St. Louis Area Council VOA President and the 2015-2016 Central Region Area 3 Venturing President.

Chris is a member of Venturing Crew 627 and Crew 2783. In the past, Chris has served as the President of Crew 627, Vice President of Communications and Vice President of Program. He has also served as the New Horizons District VOA Vice President of Program.

Chris is an Eagle Scout with three Palms, and has earned the Venturing Outdoor Bronze Award, Venturing Gold Award, and Venturing Silver Award. Chris has been recognized with the Council Venturing Leadership Award. Chris is currently working on the new Venturing Awards and is working towards the Summit Award. Since joining Scouting, Chris has completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, National Youth Leadership Training, Powder Horn, BSA Lifeguard Training, Personal Awareness Training, and Goal Setting and Time Management Training.

During the summer of 2016, Chris will serve as the Business Manager for John S. Swift Base, a dedicated summer camp for Venturers located in the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

Chris graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School and attends Missouri University of Science and Technology where he is a freshman majoring in business.

Mr. Jeff Geralds

Jeff Geralds is the Central Region Venturing Advisor. Jeff has spent nearly 10 years as the Area 2 Venturing Advisor, helping leading Venturing in the state of Michigan.

Jeff Geralds is from the Great Lakes FSC of the new Michigan Crossroads Council. He has been with Crew 1589 since its founding in 2000. Jeff has served as the Crew Advisor and as its Charter Organization Representative. He has completed the Sea Badge course and is a committee member for Sea Scout Ship 308. His favorite memory from Venturing is his Crew's Cavalcade Trek at Philmont. Jeff served the Central Region as Area 2 Advisor from 2006 to 2016.

Through his participation with his council’s Venturing Officers Association he has earned the Council Venturing Leadership Award, and has received the Region Venturing Leadership Award. He has been an Assistant Course Director for two Powder Horn courses, and served as a Wood Badge staff member. He also enjoyed his experience as a Crew Advisor at the 2013 National Jamboree.

As a youth he became an Eagle Scout, and has 50 years of continuous membership in Scouting. He has served in many capacities, earning him the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor and Founder’s Award. Jeff has also been honored with the Regional Venturing Leadership Award

Jeff is a securities registered financial advisor and earned his BA in Economics at Wayne State University. He and his wife Sheryl have two grown children who were both active in Venturing.

Mr. Matt Thornton

Matt Thornton serves as the Central Region Venturing Staff Advisor. Matt is the Area 2 Director and most recently served as the Director of Area 7. He was very involved in the Area projects which transformed the Scouting delivery system in Michigan and Chicago.

Matt began his career in Lansing, MI in 1982. He has served in five councils in a variety of professional positions during his 34 years with the BSA. Prior to becoming an Area Director, his most recent positions were Scout Executive of the Monmouth Council in New Jersey and the Minuteman Council in Boston, MA.

Matt has been a fully engaged member of Scouting, earning the Eagle Scout rank, Order of the Arrow Vigil honor and Region Venturing Leadership Award. He was a Cubmaster for 20 years and led five different Packs. He ’s served as a Venturing Crew Advisor, Explorer Post Advisor and Assistant Scoutmaster. His last volunteer position before joining the ranks of the professional staff was Unit Commissioner.

Matt and his wife Leann have six sons and two grandchildren. Outside of Scouting Matt has been a PTA President.