Definitions of commonly used terms in the Venturing Standard Operating Procedures and by VOAs.
Venturing officers’ association (VOA): a group of youth officers on a district, council, area, or region tier that promotes membership, resource sharing, and events for Venturing in their territory.
National cabinet: The national Venturing cabinet consists of the national Venturing president and the four region Venturing presidents. The cabinet is supported by various Advisors. The cabinet exists at the national tier only; all other structures are called VOAs.
Commensurate advisor: Each youth position has a corresponding adult Advisor to support that youth in fulfilling the required tasks.
Subsidiary positions: Supporting positions within the VOA’s organizational structure may be appointed by the respective youth Venturing president as needed for the specific group they are serving. Subsidiary positions can be standing (permanent) positions.
Ad hoc: Ad hoc groups and positions are formed for the purpose of completing a specific task, and the group or position dissolves at the conclusion of the task. An ad hoc position might exist for a very short time, or for a period that overlaps multiple terms of office. When a new Venturing president assumes office, they may confirm or replace ad hoc leaders.
Liaisons: A youth officer who represents a special interest group of significance to Venturing within the territory that the VOA serves. Liaisons should be drawn from existing organizations whenever possible (e.g., Sea Scout boatswains, council relationships committees, Girl Scouts USA, etc.), but are appointed to the VOA by the VOA leadership.
Volunteer vs. staff: “Staff” refers to a professional Scouter, employed by the Boy Scouts of America. A volunteer is someone who does not receive compensation for service to the BSA and who is a registered member of the BSA. Within this document, staff advisors are always specified; if the word “advisor” appears alone, assume that it designates the volunteer advisor. Usually “the advisor” denotes the top volunteer advisor in a group, but “an advisor” might denote the top advisor, an associate advisor, or a subsidiary advisor. “His advisor” or ”her advisor” always denotes the commensurate advisor to that position.
President, chair: Occasionally, this document refers to offices that are not Venturing offices, such as the president of a region or chair of a district. Venturing officers are always youth members and generally bear the word “Venturing” in their title in this document (except in the position profiles section, when all offices refer to Venturing positions unless otherwise stated); other officers mentioned herein are always adults.
District: Local councils of sufficient size are divided into geographical (or occasionally special purpose administrative) territories. Frequently Venturing membership within a district may not constitute an appropriate number of participants to fulfill the functions of a VOA. Councils are free to substitute with “sector” or “service area” as desired.
Delegation of authority: The authority to appoint youth and adult positions lies with the officials designated within this document. However, that official may delegate the authority to appoint to a subsidiary. For example, a region president (note: not the region Venturing president) may ask the region Youth Development committee chair to appoint the region Venturing volunteer advisor.
Representation: Leaders may designate a subsidiary to represent them in functions. For example, a council Venturing president may ask a subsidiary to represent the council to the area VOA or help select the area Venturing president.
Tiers: The tiers used in this document are, in order: national, region, area, council, district, and crew. “Above” refers to tiers that appear earlier in this list, “below” to tiers which appear later.
Venturing: is the youth adult program of the Boy Scouts of America for men and women 14 (or 13 and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing is both a noun and a modifier. The forms: "Venturing is a program for young adults." "Young women and men take part in Venturing activities." "Good Venturing Advisors are crucial to successful Venturing crews." Venturing is different from the Boy Scout Venture program.
Venturer: is a registered youth member of a Venturing crew. The word "Venturer" should be used only as a noun referring to a youth member. Using "Venturing" when a modifier is needed the forms: "One Venturer built a kayak." "One member of the Venturing crew built a kayak." Venturing is different from the Boy Scout Venture program.
Venture: is another program within the Boy Scouts of America for older youth who are registered in a Boy Scout Troop who work in a patrol. Venture Patrols are separate from the Venturing program. It is not appropriate for youth officers and advisors to use the term Venture when referring to the Venturing program. The words “Venture crew” and “Venture Scout” are not the correct terms to use in the Venturing program.