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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Douglas Taylor Attends a Council’s First VOA Meeting

A couple of weeks I was given a chance to attend a different council Venturing Officer Association (VOA) meeting DSCI0335in my area. Typically I would be very hesitant on going but this was Mecklenburg County Council’s  first in person VOA meeting. I decided to go I case they had any questions. The meeting started off like any other Scout meeting, but two minutes into it I realized this wasn’t going to be the average meeting: there was so much energy! In the first 30 minutes, they planned their first council wide event: ILSC. Then, they moved on to what they wanted to do for the rest of the year.

I know that to some this may sound like a normal Scouting meeting, but for me and for them it meant so much more because it was their starting point and it went so well. Some councils around the nation, region, or even your area don’t have council VOAs. From my personal experience in my own VOA, area, and now region, I highly encourage all councils to consider creating one like did. Not only does it adds so much to the program of Venturing as a whole, but this kind of leadership and planning is the heart of the program we love so much. Since the Mecklenburg County Council VOA inception. the council has seen more involvement in their program. If that is not a reason to consider starting your own, then I do not know what is.


Douglas Taylor



by Douglas Taylor

Southern Region Venturing Vice President of Administration

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Philmont as a Crew: Crew 87’s Experience

I was never really the outdoorsy type; a good weekend for me was eat, sleep and Netflix. And then there came Philmont, the first few days were absolutely terrible for me. I missed my family, my house, my bed and my feet hurt at every single step I took. 11202092_10204202896105008_2904118830871557545_nAnd then on the third day, going up a trail leading to Tooth Ridge (A camp near the Tooth of Time, a popular Philmont summit), I looked around. I looked around and that’s when I realized that I was probably in one of the most beautiful places in all of the US and I wasn’t even trying to enjoy it. The trail going up was rough but nobody in our crew noticed as we were all laughing and having a good time together. The rest of the Trek was just like a vacation, a long, blister-inducing vacation. I learned a lot about my friends and I made a lot of new friends. Philmont has been an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever.

Robin Boudard

Venturing Crew 87

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Course # SB-25-NC-2016
FEB 5-7 2016
imageSave the date for a fun filled weekend of fellowship. Seabadge is intense leadership and management training focused on the “how-to” aspects of managing a successful youth led Sea Scout program. While Seabadge was developed as an advanced leadership training program for experienced Sea Scout adult leaders the course is open to all adult Scout leaders. The driving theme for the training is to “Focus on Youth”, which makes the course especially valuable for any Scout leader dealing with older youth. Seabadge does not cover topics like boating, knots, or other program-related materials found in the Sea Scout Manual.

Overview & Purpose
Seabadge is a weekend course that begins Friday afternoon and concludes with a closing ceremony before lunch on Sunday. Course participants and staff function as a model ship to help participants understand how a ship or youth-led unit should function. The curriculum includes twenty sessions, with established objectives, that are presented in a motivating and informative forum.
The objectives of Seabadge are to:
Improve the understanding of leadership, management, and motivational skills among adult leaders.
Provide management, leadership, and presentation skills and tools to adult leaders so that they may use and share them with others in their day-to-day Scout activities.
Use the skills and tools acquired at Seabadge to improve the quality of the Sea Scout program.
Encourage the development of lifelong contacts and sharing of resources by and between course participants and staff.

Who: Sea Scout Leaders & Scouters
What: Participate in Seabadge Training
When: February 5-7, 2016
Where: Pamlico Sea Base, East Carolina Council
419 Camp Bonner Boy Scout Rd. Blounts Creek, NC 27814
Why: Get Sea Scout Leaders Trained
Cost: $175 (approximate)
Pre-register at this site-

Point of Contact John Green 910-261-3066

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Fun in the Sun: Venturing During the Summer

Summer: what a great time of year for Venturing! However, it can be difficult to plan events and hold meetings during the summer when people are away, working, or just relaxing.Take a trip to the beach or celebrate at a crew party. Celebrate your accomplishments as a crew and bring some friends!

As the year ends and people’s plans change, there can be fewer active members or your crew. Use this time in the summer to form an  plan to do some recruiting! Check out the Venturing Recruitment Plan or Recruitment Toolbox. If you are working on your Pathfinder Award, one of the requirements is to “plan, organize, and give leadership to a project designed to sustain and grow your crew”. Work with your president and help continue your crew!

Have a great summer,




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What Is Your Crew Doing this Summer?

As the summer progresses, Venturing crews all around the region will be doing fun, awesome things from high adventure to leadership training. This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a Coral Reef Sailing Adventure with my Venturing crew at Florida Sea Base.  Sixteen of us spent the week fishing, sailing, and diving. Venturing has given me the chance to go to Okpik at Northern Tier, Jamboree at the Summit, NAYLE at Philmont, and now this amazing time at Sea Base.

Reflecting on that great experience, I realize that so many crews are doing other fun, cool stuff, and I want to know about it. Whether it be a service project, council VOA event, or Summit Award project,  Send me an email at Attach photos please (with permission of course!).


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“Aren’t most people tan after a week in Florida?”

Excited to hear from you,

Hannah Wheaton

Southern Region Venturing Vice President of Communications


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Venturing Olympics

by David Perez Ulloa

11304528_10207195564555272_1299935139_nWhat is a really cool event that you enjoy watching? The World Cup? The Super Bowl? My personal favorite is the Olympics!! I love watching the Olympics and seeing all of the countries come together and partake in a wide variety of activities while competing against each other. The only thing I don’t like is waiting four years for it to happen. And even then you only get to watch. So what if the Olympics were held every year or two and you could participate in them?11355384_10207195564595273_1233521275_n

This is where the Venturing Olympics come in! This first ever Area 9 event was held on April 24-26th, 2015 at Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, Georgia. The Area 9 VOA worked closely with the Atlanta Area Council VOA to help make this event happen and we ended up hosting over 140 Venturers! The activities available included, but were not limited to, archery, shooting sports, canoeing, kayaking, ultimate frisbee, tug of war, real-life hungry hungry hippos, and many more! The fantastic events along with the great weather provided for an excellent time for everyone.

11428544_10207195564635274_711883620_nFor next time, we hope to add a COPE course, a wider variety of shooting sports, and a couple more field activities. The Area 9 VOA would love to see you come out to the next Venturing Olympics and enjoy in the fun with us!! Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to email



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Communicate, Leave Legacies, Be Visible

Southern Region! We made it through the first week of summer (phew!).


First of all, nice to meet you all! I really want y’all to get to know me and  ask any questions you have! Please feel free to shoot me an email at!

As I start my term this year, I am super excited about what we can do! So just a few things I really want to do this term: communicate, leave legacies, be visible.

On the first point, being super over-trained (NYLT), I know that communication is everything, and that is why I want to make sure that the Southern Region communicates more efficiently. This means we will make sure people know about events, moments, and more ways to make Venturing even better.

Second point, legacies. I want to create something to pass on as officers. So, I am thinking of putting together folders of documents, best practices, and various other things we can give to our VOAs so that new officers have some resources to begin their terms.

Lastly, be visible. I want Venturing to continue to succeed! I believe that the more the Region officers are visible to others and there for the Area VOAs and other VOAs, the more we will improve the program and also spread the word out about higher positions and the help available to VOAs.


Thanks for your Time!


Chelsea Davis


Chelsea Davis

Southern Region Venturing President


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Fast Facts: Southern Region Venturing Officers 2015-2016

Greetings Sensational Southerners! It’s time to get to know our new 2015-2016 Southern Region Venturing Officers. Want to know what music Chelsea has been listening to? Keep reading! For more information, read their biographies!

President: Chelsea Davis

Area: 3

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Mike Rowe is right! A Scout is clean but not afraid to get dirty

Council: Capitol Area (Austin, TX)

Age started Scouting: 14

Favorite scouting activity: Sailing/Horseback riding

Role Model: Razz, the scouter who got me into area and taught me I can do anything I put my mind to

Pets: 2 Dogs: Elsie (smart dog) and Apollo (not smart dog; eat two whole chocolate cakes and all the christmas chocolate and is still alive)

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Number one played song on your iPod/phone: Dare You To Move: Switchfoot

Weirdest hobby: Coin collecting, shell collecting, origami, pottery

Biggest goal for the year: Communication, if we can better communicate we can do anything, and make any goal successful or even more successful!

Vice President of Administration: Douglas Taylor


Here’s our new VP off to keep bees!

Area: Area 5

Council: Central North Carolina Council

Age started Scouting: 6

Favorite scouting activity: Whitewater rafting and Kayaking

Role Models: David Attenborough and Bill Nye

Pets: 2 dogs named Domino and Hazel

Number one played song on your iPod: ‘Cubicle’ by Jaded Incorporated

Weird hobby: Identifying leaves off trees by their smell.

Biggest goal for the year: To create a set of best practices with help from Area and Council Officers and make sure that are easily and readily available to everyone in the Southern Region!

Vice President of Program: Maria Hagen

Area: Area 9IMG_9247

Council: Atlanta Area Council

Age started Scouting: 14

Favorite scouting activity: teaching leadership skills at NYLT

Role Model: Walt Disney. He has a great mentality that even through difficult times keeping optimism, determination, and imagination will help drive you to reach your vision.

Pets: 2 cats. Duke and Duchess :)

Favorite movie: Fellowship of the Ring

Number one played song on your iPod: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Weird hobby: Well, I like transposing classic rock music into piano music

Biggest goal for the year:To inspire and/or help make a difference for at least one crew by helping enrich their program. Because if I can make a significant impact on at least one crew, I will have succeeded to fulfill my purpose as a VOA officer.

Vice President of Communications: Hannah Wheaton

Area: Area 7

Council: Tidewater Council

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Adventure is out there!

Age started Scouting: 14

Favorite scouting activity: whitewater kayaking

Role Model: Malala Yousafzai. She fought for what she knew was right and continues to do so despite the danger.

Favorite movie: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Favorite joke: (say aloud) Two penguins are canoeing in a desert. One turns to the other and says ‘where’s (wears) the paddle’ and the other one responds ‘sure does’.

Number one played song on your iPod: ‘Elle Me Dit’ by Mika

Biggest goal for the year: Facilitate communication all the way to the council and crew levels through the region resources and continue and expand  the Southern Region Venturing blog with help from Area officers.


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Gone Home

Having spent some time building trails, I’ll never forget some of the people with whom I’ve built those trails. It is an interesting experience to spend a week or so with someone hammering down dirt, moving rocks, grading a slope, and sitting to eat lunch with them. You feel a trust, even though you don’t know them that well. For that week, you’re family.

Part of the amazing feeling of that time you’re on the trail is that you know that you may never, or may only rarely, travel the trail again. You’re building a pathway for others to follow that you may never use. I’d like to think I’ve contributed to a pathway here in the Southern Region. The Venturing Officers’ Association with whom I’ve served is about to step down. Our successors have traveled the trail up to the point we’ve built it, and now it’s their turn to keep building.

While we may “go home” and leave the trail of Venturing as youth as some of us turn 21 or just move on in life, I hope that we should never see unmistakable dot with a circle circumscribing it marking the end of our construction in Venturing. If the caliber of officer with whom I’ve served this year is any indication, I think we won’t be seeing that symbol anytime soon.

What kind of trails have you built for others to follow? And who are some unforgettable people that built those trails with you?


Thank you Venturers, Advisors, adults, parents, and mentors this term for supporting Venturing in the Southern Region. Good luck and I wish enough to those who travel the trail for the next 12 months and beyond.

Aaron Parks-Young


Yours in Venturing,

Aaron Parks-Young

Southern Region Venturing President, 2014-2015

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Thanks, but I’m not finished yet!

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

It is hard to believe that today is the last day in my term as SR VP of Communications! It has been a year full of change for the Southern Region, in communications (the blog), in program (the Southern Region gathering at the Circle 10 Rendezvous), and behind the scenes (we did some streamlining).

All of it has been much needed, and I have been thankful to be a part of it this year. But I could not have done this alone! From my parents, to the SR VOA officers and advisors I worked with, to the people who read about and follow the Southern Region, I was supported by every word of advice, encouragement, and page click. I am incredibly grateful for the people who have helped me during this year, no matter how small the role!

When I started my term, I knew I wanted to encourage more communications within the Southern Region, and hopefully I have done this. The biggest measure will be shown in the ways continuing terms use what has been built this year!

I know that today is not my last day to help out Venturing. I still have a few articles and interviews I still want to see uploaded. I have more projects that I want to help others accomplish, since this blog was my main focus. I might even go for Summit! (I probably will. I can’t stand still.) All this to say that I am not done with this program!

But some words for you; thanks for being awesome! And don’t stop sending in blogs to! I know that Hannah will love posting what you guys send her!

Here’s to the 2015-2016 SR VOA officers!

Darcy Phinney


Yours in Venturing,

Darcy Phinney

2014-2015 SR VOA VP of Communications


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