On August 1, 1998, the Boy Scouts
of America launched a new program of the Boy Scouts of America called Venturing.
It is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 (and
have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. All current outdoor,
youth ministry and hobby Explorer posts, as of that date, became
Venturing crews or Sea Scout ships. All Career Explorer post were
moved to the Learning for Life program.
Venturing units are called
crews and can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.
Their programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis.
They have an awards program
that includes Ranger, Bronze, Gold and Silver and the Sea Scouting Quartermaster
Award. There is also a Leadership Award that is presented to Venturers
and adults who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who
exemplify the Venturing Code. At the end of 2000, Concho Valley Council
had 66 youth in 12 Venturing crews. Here is a list of the Crews in
the old Comanche Trail Council:
Crew 1 - First
Christian Church, Brownwood
Crew 26 - Parentís Club
Crew 37 - First United Methodist
Crew 39 - Rotary Club, Stephenville
Crew 50 - John Tarleton
Lodge 227, Stephenville
Crew 55 - First United Methodist
Church, San Saba
Crew 87 - First United Methodist
Crew 2000 - Lampasas
This is the highest award that
a Venturer Crew member can earn in the Venturing program. Four such
presented for the first
time in the Comanche Trail Council in 2002. All are members of Venture
Crew 2000 of Lampasas.
Two Silver Awards were presented
in the Buffalo Trail Council in January 2009. Both are members of
Venture Crew 777 of Odessa.
Leadership Skills Course
The Texas Trails Council conducted
the first Venturing Leadership Skills Course at Camp Billy Gibbons during
the weekend of March 21-23, 2003. In spite of rain, some twenty-eight
Ventureres and leaders came to the camp for the training. The course
was presented by Venturing Crew 2000 of Lampasas, under the leadership
of Jeff Henton, Advisor, and included members of Crew 2000, Crew 16 from
Brownwood and Crew 150 from Belton (Longhorn Council). The crew of 2000
had attended an adult led VLSC in 2001 at Camp Billy Gibbons and had agreed
that they, the youth would lead this course. Pam Barnes and Bob Rider
served as cooks for the weekend.
This course was designed
to teach leadership skills to older youth in hopes of providing them the
tools for success when they are in a leadership position. The course
is divided into four modules, Vision, Communication, Organization and Synergism
and is a requirement for youth to obtain the Venturing Silver Award Requirement.
Updated: May 24,
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