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.

Venturing Recruitment Guide

Venturing Fast Facts

Life is an Adventure Poster

Are you ready for this?

What did you do last weekend?

Have you ever…

Permanent link to this article:

10 Questions with Douglas Taylor, current Southern Region Venturing President

Hannah Wheaton: How does it feel to be the Region Venturing President?12092318_722048557928800_95802139_n (2)

Douglas Taylor:  I can even put into what it feels like, honestly I’m not sure what the feeling is; there are so many. First the amount of people that I looked up a year ago, congratulating me was overwhelming. I also feel eager to make this the best year for Venturing in the Southern Region yet!

Why did you start Venturing?

I started Venturing a little time after I had earned my Eagle Scout in my troop. I originally joined Venturing as a chance to just participate more in the program. After some time, I realized I wanted to give back to the Scouting program, as it has done so much for me in life.

Why did you choose Venturing, and why do you continue to choose it over everything else you could be doing?

I have always considered Scouting to be my home, Venturing felt like a tighter knit family than other programs. I chose Venturing over anything else is because nothing can replicate that warm, home feeling. Also, I have never had as much support in other programs in and out of Scouting. Everyone in Venturing wants what is best you, no matter who you are.

What is your favorite memory of Venturing?

My favorite memory in Venturing is when I attended the first Area 5 Venturing Legacy event; it was held at Camp Daniel Boone, and with being in the mountains they had a “mountain man” there who owned three wolves. If you know me, my favorite animal in the world is a wolf and at one point in the day I got to pet wolf. Typically you don’t get to do that.

What is something you are proud of that you have done in Venturing?

I don’t think there is a certain event that I can say I’m proud of; there has been tons of moments that I get excited because people liked an program I helped plan or had a amazing time at an event that I helped with. Seeing and hearing that makes me want to do  more in Venturing.

What are some of your plans for Venturing this term?

My plan as is to help as many Council Venturing Officers Association’s have meaningful meeting and fun events that help their council programs grow. Next, to help grow our areas to the point where they are looked to as flagships of successful VOAs. Also to start planning for the next region officers, so when they are handed the show they already have an idea of their responsibility and jobs. Lastly, to recognize the councils and people that go above in beyond in Venturing!

If you have to choose one thing, what would you most like to do during your term?

To travel and visit as many councils and areas as possible to learn what they are doing that is successful so that we can share with the rest of the region resources that have been proven to work!

Are you anticipating any road bumps? Why or why not?

Of course! I firmly believe that the way you learn is through the challenges you face and trying and trying again. I expect there will be things that happen that I never saw coming, but I know I that the entire Venturing community is willing to help!

What do you hope Venturing will look like in the future?

In the future, I know that Venturing will be a stronger and more visible program. I just hope that people get more involved with providing service to their communities and spreading the word of Venturing! Also, that more people realize that “ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!”

If you had one day off what would you do?

A Day Off? I don’t plan on take a day off but if I had to there are two choices for me: stay in bed and watch my favorite movies (UP, The Princess Bride, Monty Python) or my favorite choice: go outside! I love going out in the world/woods and learning about new species of animals or plants. One of my bucket list items is for by next December to visit every state park/ wildlife refuge in North Carolina!

If you could convince one of your friends to join Venturing, what would be the one thing you would tell him or her?

This is toughest question ever! There are so many different amazing things about Venturing, it is really hard for me to choose. I would tell them about getting to meet all the amazing people involved in the Venturing program and International Scouting, as right now my Venturing friends are into traveling around the world and meeting new people.


Well, that’s it for now, but if you have any more questions for Doug don’t hesitate to ask him @



Permanent link to this article:

Halloween Weekend in Area 1

20151031_184045This weekend three crews from Istrouma Area Council met at Avondale Scout Reservation and had a Council
campout and I was lucky enough to attend. During this campout, Venturing Crews 136, 478, and 370 got together and had a fun-filled weekend.

Saturday,each crew went through a gun safety training and then shot rifles, shotguns, and archery. Later on that evening, there was a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a council
game of apples to apples. This weekend was intended to have each 20151031_183259crew meet other crews and venture out  on a fun activity.

Istrouma Area Council has be
en progressing well even though they have only had a Council VOA for 2 years. IAC plans to keep making progress to having a fully operational VOA within the next year. Area 1’s next goal is to travel to each council and progress the Venturing program and hopefully get more VOAs up and running for the years to come. 

Permanent link to this article:

Spotlight: Area 4

by Lydia Borah, Area 4 Venturing President

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending West Central Florida Council’s first VOA meeting. Since this was their first VOA meeting ever, the new officers looked to me for guidance on what direction they should be heading. Based off the presentations done by the Region Venturing Cabinet and talking with other Area Venturing Presidents, I had a lot to offer them. I helped them generate ideas for where they could lead their VOA and offered them chances for program and training. I gave them handouts that I received at Orientation which detailed best practices on how to start up a VOA and what to do once you had one. At the end of the night, everyone in attendance was very excited to move forward with their VOA, and so was the Area!

12092546_722048537928802_14830631_n (1)


Permanent link to this article:

A Look into the Updated Council Venturing Standards of Excellence

Take a look at the updated Council Venturing Standards of Excellence (CVSE) form and immediately you will notice the differences!

What are the changes?

Instead of one option for core requirements and elective requirements, the award is based off a point system with three levels of achievement in the categories of Building Venturing, Governance, Recognition, Activities, Promotion, and Reporting as well as electives including Meeting Frequency, Social Media, Venturing Awards, Youth Protection, and Leadership Training.

What do these changes mean?

Hopefully it allows more councils to earn the CVSE. With requirements with levels similar to the crew Journey to Excellence Award, the award is more relatable to councils who are growing their Venturing program.

Also, It is important that councils that do not earn the award send in their form anyways. Why? To give more information about Venturing in the council to help track progress and growth in the program.


Fill out the Council Standards of Venturing Excellence Award application, have it signed by the appropriate people, and turn it in by February 15 to  or to

Boy Scouts of America
Attn: Regional Operations, S426
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079



Permanent link to this article:

Southern Region Venturing Officer Orientation

This is the first year every position in the Southern Region VOA is filled and this year Southern Region Venturing had our first ever Officer Orientation from October 1st to 3rd in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the Regional Conference. We begun the first night with expectations and then gave each of the area presidents the chance to practice selling Venturing as a program and the idea of a VOA to the officers, Mr. Brian Gray, the National Venturing Staff Advisor, and Edward Abraham, the National Venturing President.

image2 (1)Saturday was our big content day. We spent time discussing the History of Venturing led by Edward, Purpose and Position Training and Communication led by Hannah, and Program led by Maria. During lunch, the Area Venturing Presidents had the chance to meet with their Area Directors and build a face for Venturing in their respective areas. Spencer Seifke, Venturing President of Area 6, said that this lunch was “a huge step in connections with our areas.” Everyone after their lunch expressed how much support they received and their excitement for working with their Area’s leadership to build Venturing involvement. After lunch, Ponce Duran our Region Director, and Chelsea Davis, Southern Region Venturing President, discussed the Region’s goals for Venturing. The Area Presidents then had some time to share goals and see how they aligned with the entire region’s. We concluded the informative part of the evening with the most crucial module “How to Build a Council VOA” led by Douglas. The emphasis of the entire Orientation was that the purpose of the Region VOA and the Area VOAs is to create and support council VOAs.

On our last day, after we had to say goodbye to Edward, Chelsea shared with the team her expectatiimage1 (2)ons including going to at least two Council VOA meetings a month and attending activities. Then Doug worked with the group to share ideas about the best ways to interact with council VOAs. We concluded that it was to be present but not too involved. Finally, we had to say goodbye. Forgoing all of the modules and information, the best ideas and the most change came from conversations with other Area Venturing presidents, the adults, and Region Venturing officers. Coming together as a Region VOA for the first time created a community support system that will grow the program in the Southern Region for this term and hopefully the rest to come.



Permanent link to this article:

Legacy 3.0


Legacy 3.0 was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that attended Legacy. And, a big special thank you to all the people that planned and worked so hard to make this event possible. I am impressed with everyone’s great attitude in the face of so much rain fall. I met one scout that who didn’t even notice the rain! Between shooting sports, orienteering, water sports, board games, The SR5 5K and The Legacy Photo Challenge everyone was very busy during the whole event. With almost 300 people attending Legacy the host Council, Central

IMG_0184North Carolina VOA, worked especially hard. I thank them for their tremendous effort.

Go SR5!


Timothy Simpson.

Permanent link to this article:

Congratulations!: Region Venturing Leadership Awards

IMG_0164Southern Region Venturing congratulates youth, Bailey Coleson, Cole Ettinghoff, and Aaron Parks-Young, and adults, Jerry Gmyr and Pete Armstrong, for receiving the Southern Region Venturing Leadership Awards. Thank you for your exceptional contributions to Venturing in our region!





Permanent link to this article:

Why ILSC is the best first event for a Venturer

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my crew’s annual Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) event in the Outer Banks. Although this is the fourth ILSC I have been to, it was definitely my favorite. I was able to watch a good friend step up and lead her the course through to completion and listen to the great conversations about leadership that she facilitated.

At the course we had three new members and IMG_0129 (1)his was their first event. The weekend was filled with camaraderie, fun, and the Scouting spirit, but most importantly some deep discussions on teamwork and leadership, especially involving the newer Scouts.  I was so pleased to see their ‘aha’ moments when they pulled in ideas on how to solve problems in our unit and within their other roles in life with the skills from the course.

There are a lot of reasons to do Scouting: the people, the activities, the skills. However, for me, Scouting has trained me to lead a group in a variety of settings. Isn’t that the point? Building the skills of young people into leaders. I am so glad for my three friends that their Scouting experiences started off with leadership training. I did not really understand all that I could learn from Venturing until I began staffing NYLT; I just thought it was about the canoeing and hiking. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had within my crew, and am so excited to see what great leadership this coming year will bring.


by Hannah Wheaton

Venturing Crew 824, Southern Region Venturing Vice President of Communications



Permanent link to this article:

Morgan Danker: National Medal of Merit


Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.


by Morgan Danker, Southern Region Venturing Area 8 President

There has been one that really helped me understand the meaning behind service.  Back in 2013 an EF5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma.  The town was devastated, and I knew that I had to help.  My Venturing crew meets in Moore at a church that was undamaged.  Red Cross set up a relief center there.  IMG_3454Tons of scouts volunteered their time to help the people in need.  We had it set up like a store.  There was a room full of first aid equipment, food, clothes, cleanup equipment, and the gym full of water and cots.  People who were hit by the tornado would come in and get whatever they needed.  We would help show them around, carry equipment for them, and show them where things were.  Many of the people would say things like “We were not hit that bad, so we don’t need much.”  Sometimes they refused us helping, but we would make sure they left with what they needed.  Ordinary people would show up bringing truck-loads of supplies.  They would pull up in the back and we would unload the supplies into the correct areas.  At one point I was standing in front of the church directing people to where they needed to go, whether it was to go around back to unload, or through the front doors to receive equipment.  We sent several scouts out into the path of destruction, and they handed out water, other cleanup gear, and directed people back to the church if they needed more.  At the time it did not feel like I was doing much.


This past spring our own home was hit by a tornado.  I was so lost and had no idea what to do.  Luckily, there were people during what I did just two years back.  They told us to go to the school and get whatever we needed.  We were not hit as bad as others, so we did not feel like we needed to go.  People kept posting on Facebook saying that the school had plenty, and encouraged us to go.  So we finally went.  We were able to get some bottled water, and a few other things to help with cleanup.  There was also a group of scouts that came out to our house and helped us cleanup downed trees, shingles, and other random debris blown in from other people’s houses.  It was then when I realized how helpful I was two years earlier.  I had no idea how it felt to be on the other end of something like that.  Back then I felt like I was not doing much at all to help.  After being hit, I am extremely thankful.  Since then I have realized how important the service work we do is.  I have put my all into doing any community service since.




Permanent link to this article:

President’s Corner: How Can You Keep the Adventure Going?

Summer is over, school has started, is the Adventure over? NO!
As we all get back into school and our busy lives, sometimes we think, “How can I keep the Adventure going?” I am glad you asked!
 southern region venturing officers
Some of the best things to do while schools are getting back in the swing are simple and easy events! Have a Crew bowling day, movie night, or simply hang out and chat about the first week of school over some ice cream! Not only do these events take little planning but it also allows you to invite friends and you know that leads to NEW MEMBERS!
So as you all start getting your school brains back, during lunch think of what would be best for your Crews, should it be a movie night, eating tacos together, a marshmallow roasting, or many other awesome things y’all do!
Lastly,remember when time comes for some bigger events and you want to do something with another Crew, another state or any other Venturer and their Crew that Region is here for you!
Let us know anything we can do to help make Venturing better for you!
In the Spirit of all things Venturing,
Chelsea Davis

Permanent link to this article:

Older posts «