Venturing Officer Associations are a relatively new concept to some councils and districts. The following list provides several reasons for the importance of successful VOAs.
Creates a body of youth leadership from within the District or Council.
Creates and maintains communication channels between all crews, the council, and higher levels of the Boy Scouts of America to bring them together and help promote and grow the Venturing program overall.
Promotes youth input and leadership for the Venturing program at the District and Council level. As a member of the council’s Youth Development or Program Committee, the Venturing President provides a crucial “youth voice” to this committee.
Provides youth leadership (or staff) for training such as VLSC, NYLT, Kodiak, district and council level volunteer training, etc..
Provides youth and adult leadership to plan, promote and facilitate district or council Venturing events (including weekend activities, summer camps, social activities, etc.).
Provides leadership for Venturing Forums/Roundtables to create enhanced trainings for advisors and allow more experienced advisors and youth to share their experiences with new units.
A VOA is especially helpful to new or struggling crews, by providing pre-planned activities, ongoing support, and resources to help them grow and succeed. New/struggling crews are also introduced to more successful crews, which will provide them with additional ideas and lessons learned.
Provides a base of adult volunteer leadership that provides ongoing support of Venturing at the council level as youth officers come and go.
Promotes an awareness of awards available to Venturers and advisors (including hosting a Venturing Awards dinner and a selection committee for Venturing Leadership Awards).
Provides opportunities beyond the crew for youth to explore and exercise leadership, planning, and communication skills.