Venturing Peer To Peer Recruitment Toolbox

The National Venturing Cabinet is proud to announce, and introduce, the Venturing Peer To Peer Recruitment Toolbox! Click on the links below to view or download the Attached PDFs of the Toolkit. These packets are availible for free in print through the National Office by ordering bin item #523-501.

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Ranger Advancement, Cooking Requirement Tip!

Hello all!

Many Crews have thought out this requirement well and have put in the effort to plan a great meal that includes

the “Prepare and eat at least one meal with food you have found in the outdoors.” requirement. It comes with a little (or a lot!) of fun too!

Many a great story can be told for daring each other to eat dandelions or other interesting items you find, but remember a happy scout is one that has a good meal. As suggested by many a crew (mine included) find something natural in your area, for example wild leeks, or spices that may grow in your area and add them to a dish that is being planned. Chili is a wonderful dish to add some of these outdoor foods to.

Make sure you do your research first though! You can even make this into a challenge, to see who finds the best outdoor food to add to your meal.

As always, be adventurous and think outside the box!

Hope this helps on the Road to Ranger, Happy Venturing!

Chelsea Davis, SR Area 3 President

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Well, That’s a Pretty Sad Social Life.

I once told someone that I got a majority of my social interaction from Scouting. They responded with something akin to the title. But, really it’s not so sad.

I’ve made many good friends through Venturing. I’ve made friends that would give me a bed for the night and something to eat if I suddenly showed up in their hometown and asked for a place to stay.

Dare I say that’s not something just some ordinary friend would do, that’s something family would do?

Dare I say we are family?

I’ve not only made friends, I’ve made family through Venturing. We participate as members of the World Scouting Organization as members of the Boy Scouts of America. Because of that, we have brothers and sisters across the word that strive to live by the same ideals we do.

Scouting crosses country borders, ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups, and it crosses across faiths. We’re members of a family who all strive to do their duty to God, country, and themselves and we’re part of a family that chooses to acknowledge and embrace diversity.

How awesome is that?

Aaron Parks-Young, SR Venturing President

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I’m Confused….

I am sorry to hear that!

If you are confused about a few things Venturing, I can help you out with that! Under the new “Resources” tab are Important Documents and Maps.

Important Documents contains the VLA and VOA nomination forms (Get on those quick, they don’t last forever!), SOPs, and Venturing FAQs. All of these are pretty important, so check them out!

If you want to see maps of councils and camps, that is under the Maps tab. It is pretty cool to see where your council is and where it is located compared to others!

Got something you need help with? Contact us! We are happy to create solutions with you!

Credit goes to Central Region for creating this awesome photo!

Credit goes to Central Region for creating this awesome photo!

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Easy Peasy Cheesecake!

I really like desserts!

And by “really” I mean I have eaten too much before. Moving on!

One particular favorite dessert of mine is cheesecake! When my father introduced a recipe for making it in a dutch oven to me, I had to take a chance and make it!

I have burned water before.

While I am not known for cooking many things well, I mastered this recipe! I made it for my crew once, and we have made it several times now (And by we, I mean I bring the ingredients and have to closely supervise the cooking. But it isn’t too bad!)

This is one of the easiest things to make, so take a chance and open your dutch oven world a little more! It also helps check off a Cooking requirement for the Ranger Award.

Thank you!

I am sharing this recipe, but in no way am I calling it mine alone! Thank you to Scouting Magazine for publishing this AMAZING recipe, and thank you to Mr. Rappleye for sending it in! (He is a past president of the Utah-based International Dutch Oven Society, is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Like woah.)


My first try was at home to see if I could actually cook this.

My first try was at home to see if I could actually cook this.


Start with a 10-inch Dutch oven preheated to about 325 degrees (13 coals on top, 7 coals below).


  • 1 package honey graham crackers, crushed (about 1¾ cup)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5½ tablespoons salted butter, melted

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.

Lightly spray the inside of the Dutch oven with baking spray. Press the crumb mixture inside.

Bake for 10 minutes.


  • 5 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • Baking spray
  • Favorite cheesecake topping

Mix by hand cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla until well blended.

Add sour cream. Mix well.

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just blended. Pour over crust.

Bake for about 1 hour or until center is almost set.

Loosen cake from side of oven and let cool before serving with favorite fruit topping.

Serves: 12 to 16 slices


Trust me when I say it is so good! Thanks againg Scouting Magazine and Mr. Rappleye for this recipe!

Got more yummy recipes? Send them in to!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP Communications

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Venturing Zip Line

Venturing Crew 008 from the Great Smokey Mountain Council in Area 6 asked me to put this event up!

Crew 008 Event

It is an all day ziplining event, and they want as many people to come as possible!

When: April 25, 2015

Where: Navitat Canopy Tours, Ashville, NC

Cost: $89 per person, but if 40 people sign up for the eventa 30% discount will be applied to make it cheaper!

Dress: Field uniform dress for travel, activity uniform to riding the zipline.

Transportation: Provide your own please!

Questions and Registration: Talk to Shannon Siefke!

Feel free to post questions in the event page! Crew 008 really wants to see you there zipping with them!



Have more events? Email me at!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP of Communications

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Venturing Olympics

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

Area 9 is hosting an event called the Venturing Olympics. It will be held April 24-26 at Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, GA. Many activities will be going on, such as archery, rappelling, COPE, aquatics, and many more!! Like the Olympic games, there will be prizes for the winning teams!

Venturing Olympics









Can’t see the photo? Venturing Olympics

The price is $15 and you need to bring your own food. T-shirts are $10 when pre-ordered!

Registration is here!

If you have any questions, email

Can’t wait to see you all there!

David Perez, SR Area 9 President



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Why VOA?

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

Why is there a VOA? Why should you apply to be a VOA officer?

First off, the VOA is here to help you! Since Venturing is a youth run organization, we also have a youth run leadership pyramid that works to improve the program for all. Instead of adults shaping a program, the VOA creates an adventure. Who better to generate an awesome program than the youth?

But why should you be a VOA officer?

As a youth, I have direct input into the events and changes I want to see happen, and by filling out the VOA nomination form you can too! As youth, if you have an idea that will help grow the Venturing program, you can implement it and see it grow. Your voice can be heard, and you can help others’ voices be heard too.

It is also a chance to give back. Other people have done wonderful things to help me become the scout I want to be, and the VOA is a small way I can help pass on those favors by giving others opportunities to become the scouts they want to be.

The people you meet are also AMAZING!! There are humans out there who are interesting, smart, and passionate about Venturing and Scouting in general. As a part of the VOA, you could work with these people on every project and meet them at various events during your term!

You can also go to cool events! As an officer you can help others strengthen their program just by participating at an event! Having fun, making memories, and promoting Venturing at the same time! What could be better?

Want to know more about a VOA and how it runs? Check out the Venturing Standard Operating Procedures.

Want to apply for a VOA position? The form is here along with important application due dates!

If you have any questions that you feel are not answered here, feel free to email any VOA officer on the national, regional, area, council, or even district level. We are here to help!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP of Communications

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Cool Events!

What is up Sensational Southerners!

We have some cool events to talk about today!


First off from Florida in Area 9, AddVenturing! This event will help you and others in the nearby area understand what Venturing is all about! Oh, and also have a TON of fun!

It will be held May 9, 2015, and the cost for the ENTIRE day, including lunch, is $17. Not a bad deal for all the events they will offer!

Find out more information here: AddVenturing Flyer

ALPS Rendezvous

Next is the ALPS Rendezvous being held by Circle Ten Council in Texas! This is going to be a huge event! With so many different activities to choose from you won’t be able to do every event. But one can try!

As an addition, all of your favorite region and area officers will be there! We will be happy to answer questions, tell some jokes, and have fun with everyone who comes!

The flyer is here: ALPS Rendezvous Flyer. However, the leader’s guide will be coming out soon, so keep an eye out for it too!


And finally, Winterfest is right around the corner! What is this? It is a gathering of hundreds to thousands of Venturers and Explorers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Literally!

Don’t believe me?

They have their own website, which has a handy dandy count down clock, but it also has things like the leader’s guide, event’s guide (I can’t even name half of what they offer), FAQs, and photos from the year before!


Trust me when I say that these three events are three you don’t want to miss!

All of them are on our calendar!

Got any more I should show off? Email them to! I’ll post them!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP of Communications

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Lead the Adventure

Part of the difficulty and freedom of this charge is that almost no adventure is exactly like another. I can take what I’ve learned in the past and apply it next time, but I’ll always face a new challenge. Quickly, a simple motto like, “Lead the Adventure”, becomes complex.

In the new year, we face new challenges. Our peers, inside and outside of Venturing, will be looking for leadership and direction, especially when insurmountable tasks are laid before them.

In the past, getting to the moon seemed impossible, and before that flying a plane was out of reach. America finds much of its identity in tales of pioneers and heroes facing the unknown and insurmountable. I’d like to think America has many pioneers left to give the world.

Who knows?

The next challenge you face could be the beginning of a lifelong adventure. So, own it. Prepare your team, plot your course, and then “Lead the Adventure”!

If not you, then who? And if not now, then when?


Yours in Venturing,

Aaron Parks-Young

Southern Region Venturing President 2014-2015

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New Year, New Blog!

Greeting Sensational Southerners!

I hope the new year is treating you well! I know my year has started like a race, and already some exams are making themselves known to me! I am studying though……with my YouTube and Facebook tabs open….*cough*

Moving on!

We at the Southern Region VOA want to try something new. Newsletters are great collections of stories, but you don’t get one every month, or even every week. So how are you guys supposed to stay updated on Venturing news?

Introducing the blog!

It will update weekly on Sunday with posts from the Southern Region, Area, National, overall news, cooking recipe ideas, jokes, useful camping tips, etc! Even better, you (yes, I mean YOU! You are reading this afterall!!) can contribute to this as well!

As one person, I do not know what is happening everywhere, which is why you guys can send photos, stories, event reports and whatever else YOU want to highlight!

This is a blog for Venturers, so let’s make this thing our’s! Send in any ideas (I know you guys have them!) to! Even if you aren’t totally sure about what you want to write, send a friendly email. I am more that willing to work with you!

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!!

Darcy Phinney, Southern Region Vice President of Communications



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