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


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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 srvpcomm@gmail.com. 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 area9srvpresident@gmail.com.

 

 

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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 southernregionpresident@gmail.com!

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

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

throwing behemoth

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

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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 srvpcomm@gmail.com! 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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10 Questions With Chelsea Davis

Greetings Sensational Southerners!Chelsea Davis

It is time to turn the focus back to us! We have some big hearts in our Region, and we reflect it in our scouting. I know that we have been waiting a while for this interview, but it comes at a great time. Right now we are beginning to situation the Region VOA to change leadership, so this is an excellent time to reveal what the next term will focus on!

Chelsea Davis

This week brings Chelsea Davis, the upcoming Southern Region President for 2015-2016. She is a Texan, where the motto “go big or go home” has taken root in her leadership and goals. I am a bit biased when it comes to this interview, but still read what she says below!

 

Darcy Phinney: How does it feel to be the incoming Region President?

Chelsea Davis: It is exciting! You know pop rocks? And how when they are in your mouth and feel crackly and interesting and fun? That’s what it feels like!

 

Why did you start Venturing?

I started Venturing because I wanted to go on beach trip with my best friend for a week. Beach + my best friends + a week = a must go in my book!

 

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

Well, I told you why I started, but I continued because of relationships I made. Time does not matter in scouting. I don’t see friends for two years but when we see each other again nothing has changed. Everything you do together as friends is important and nothing will change that. It is like a never ending flame of friendship!

 

What is your favorite memory of Venturing?

Well, I wrote an article on advancement, and it was actually inspired by my favorite memory. My crew was sitting around campfire and we were talking about what to eat in the woods. We were in a pine forest, so one of my friends cooked a pinecone and ate it. Somehow, they convinced us to eat pinecone too! We now have a Golden Pinecone award when we convince others to try something even if it isn’t delicious!

 

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

I am proud of the way my NYLT course stepped up to plate when there was a big storm. The staff worked hard because of situation and they worked hard because I asked and because they wanted to help me. I had the  best course ever. It was then that I realized leadership is a two way street. It was a wonderful moment.

 

What are some of your plans for Venturing this year?

I want to help flesh out communication within the VOA. I want the VOA to be visible in order to help and support areas and councils better. I also see books called “Legacies” being passed on to each new generation of VOA cabinets so they have foundations to stand on.

 

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

Improve communication! Without it, nothing else can improve. Communication is the foundation for everything therefore it is my biggest goal! As you say, “Comm comm comm, comm comm comm.”

 

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

Crews have varied life spans that fluctuate up and down. People change and communication lines can be broken as a result. However with diligent effort we will find new people to communicate with. With determination it shall be overcome!

 

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

In the future, I hope Venturing will be well known and visible program. Crews will have better life spans and Venturing will retain older scouts through their transition to adulthood. These older scouts will continue to improve the lives of youth in America.

 

What is your favorite event in the Summer Olympics?

Well, it is a strong tie between pole vault and equestrian. I love horses! But I have pole vaulted before too. Both are close to my heart!

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10 Questions With Amanda Hobgood

Greetings Sensational Southerners!Amanda Hobgood

We turn to the neighbors who are north east of us this interview! They have some of the best electronic resources for Venturing, and their upcoming president plans to continue to expand it! While our resources are smaller, we too work to bring Venturing to people wherever they are!

Amanda Hobgood

This week brings Amanda Hobgood, the upcoming Northeast Region President for 2015-2016. She is involved in many activities outside of scouting, but she brings her best to all of them! She has done some really cool activites, and plans to help brings her experiences to fill this year with even more adventure! Her interview was eye opening for me, so I definitely think you should give it a read!

 

Darcy Phinney: How does it feel to be the incoming Region President?

Amanda Hobgood: It feels pretty fantastic! Kind of intimidating but I am also excited to make a difference at this level! I am up for the challenge!

 

Why did you start Venturing?

Well, I was in Girl Scouts and my brother, who is five years older, joined Venturing. I thought it was so cool! He went scuba diving at Sea Base and I wanted to do that! It seemed like a lot of fun and I could be a leader. I wouldn’t need to depend on adults as much and the high adventure was super exciting! I wanted to experience what my brother had done too!

 

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

I feel like Venturing offers the most opportunities. It has a gateway into leadership and the most opportunity to be youth led. Venturing also has a great variety. If you want to try something you can do it! Venturing can be personalized and you can add things like scuba diving and rock climbing to your experience. I think it is really cool!

 

What is your favorite memory of Venturing?

I have two! First, my superactivity held by my crew as I was an incoming freshmen was amazing! We went scuba diving in the Bahamas. We dove three to four time a days and baked cakes every night. I realized on this experience that this is really what Venturing could be and I wanted others to have that experience too. Second, NAYLE at Philmont opened my eyes about how leadership is supposed to be. The people I met were great too!

 

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

This is tough! When I got my Venturing Gold Award is my proudest moment. All of the goals were about self improvement and helping the community and also were about helping the program.

 

What are some of your plans for Venturing this year?

I want to see more giving and receiving in our communications through google hangouts with officers and I want to contact the areas more and constantly communicate with them. Encouraging areas to hold training events would be good too. The region is ready for a second event I think, so I want to work on that and as well as improve our current event. I want to help encourage training and advancement through videos. Encouraging officer orientations is another goal, and finally I want the region to consolidate resources so we know how can help us with what activity and where they are.

 

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

The videos for sure! I think it will also help people know where to find resources in their areas. They are easy to share as well, so I think they will help a lot of people.

 

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

I have a few in mind, but I know that I will be able to deal with them. I will say I had a hard time choosing my vice presidents because everyone was so qualified!

 

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

It will be a much bigger program. At the same time much tighter connections with more people will be forged. More people will know the program and more Venturers will be advancing. Trainings will be widely available and more people will be involved. I also see the current generation of Venturers becoming involved as adults to help mentor and nurture the next generation of youth.

 

Which music genre defines your life?

It is hard to choose a favorite, because I listen to Pandora Radio, but I would have to say alternative rock. It is very open and diverse. There is a song for every occasion. I love that. It is great!

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Ship 1000, the “Enterprise” Honored With 2015 National Flagship Award

Sea Scout Ship 1000The Boats Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) and Sea Scouts, BSA recognize Sea Scout Ship 1000 the “Enterprise” of Rockwall, TX, Circle Ten Council and East Trinity Trails District as the recipient of the 2015 BoatU.S. and the Sea Scouts, BSA “National Flagship” Award. BoatU.S. created the award in 2002 to mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting. It is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment. It is because of these attributes, as reflected by the “Enterprise’s” exemplary program of seamanship and youth development, that we honor them with this award.

Heartfelt congratulations go to Ship 1000’s 2014 Boatswain Aaron Parks-Young, Ship Skipper Don Henry, and the dedicated crew and the many adult volunteers of the “Enterprise.” Sea Scout Ship 1000 the “Enterprise’s” name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. An identical trophy will be presented to the Ship at a gathering in the Circle Ten Council.

The “2015 National Flagship” award is not the first time this year that Ship 1000 has been in the BSA spotlight. Boatswain Aaron Parks-Young was named the 2014 Nation’s Top Scout in the Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership program (SEAL). Ship 1000 was also awarded the “2014 Texas Flagship.” The ship annually meets Journey to Excellence (JTE) “Gold” level. Ship 1000 proudly honors the Sea Scout Manual’s Welcome Aboard Message,

“The element of water makes Sea Scouts unique. Sea Scout units use a variety of boats, from outboard motorboats to large sailing yachts. Sea Scouts belong to a world that is distinct from anything on shore, and they have their own language and customs.”

Chartered by Dallas Sail and Power Squadron, Sea Scout Ship 1000 has a 2015 co-ed membership of 18 youth and 16 adults. The ship proudly calls two ports home. On Lake Ray Hubbard located east of Dallas TX, they slip and sail from both Chandlers Landing Marina in Rockwall, TX and Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, TX. Depending on the season and weather, youth sail a fleet of 16 vessels ranging from 14’ to 27’ and including 2 Lasers, 8 JY15s, 3 Catalina 22s, a Nickels Lightning, a Capri 25, a Catalina 25, or a Cal 2-27. Rush Creek Yacht Club Education Foundation (RCEF) also allows the ship use of an IC-24 in club and area races.

For its modest size, Ship 1000’s 2014 program was ambitious. Highlights include local and regional high adventure events including a scout-planned high adventure trip to Galveston, TX, a 5-day sailing camp partnering with a ship from a neighboring council, and piloting/navigation training culminating with a weekend cruise aboard SSS Point Glass. The Ship regularly travels to regional Sea Scout events such as Sea Scout Academy in Galveston, TX and The Minto Rendezvous at Bovay Scout Ranch. Ship 1000 participates in Dallas Race Week and weekly races at Rush Creek Yacht Club (RCYC.) Community service is integral and Ship 1000 logged more than 300 hours of community service in 2014 in activities including Scouting for Food to benefit Helping Hands, lake shore cleanup, RCYC and Chandlers Landing Marina maintenance and clean up and RCYC Race Committee. The ship provides flag ceremony detail for organizations and events including their chartering organization Dallas Sail and Power Squadron.

Among the Ship’s super activities, a five-day, youth planned High Adventure Trip to the Gulf Coast was attended by nine scouts and four leaders. This trip included visiting Battleship Texas, United States Coast Guard, touring Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Galveston, kayaking at Galveston Sea Base and Co-op charting with the United States Power Squadrons. For a second activity, six scouts and three leaders spent a weekend aboard SSS Point Glass, a restored United States Coast Guard cutter, where they piloted the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Youth assumed piloting, navigation, and engineering roles while on board and met for three, four-hour training sessions prior to the event to develop coastal navigation and piloting skills necessary for a successful adventure.

“Reefed and Ready,” a five-day event focusing on small boat sailing and race skills has become an annual event between Ship 1225 of Longhorn Council and Ship 1000 of Circle Ten. This year it attracted over 20 Sea Scouts and a dozen adults at the Doolin Education Center at RCYC. For their fourth major event, ten scouts and five leaders attended the “Minto Rendezvous’ fleet event at Camp Bovay Scout Reservation near Navasota, Texas. The competition includes over 20 events focused on teamwork, training and preparation in a variety of nautical related events. Nineteen Sea Scout Ships competed in a traditional scout camporee format that tests skills required for sailing and advancement. Competitions include knot tying, line heaving, radio communication, first aid, uniform inspection, no-paddle canoe race, clove hitch on a tree and the Flotsam Flotilla Race. The “Enterprise” was especially proud to receive the “Minto Rendezvous Conduct Award.”

Ship 1000 holds regular unit and quarterdeck meetings in addition to advancement days where adults and youth work together on all levels of advancement. Members participate in monthly overnight cruises, Dallas Race Week, Regattas, and weekly club races. In addition to sailing, adult and youth members volunteer as race officials assisting with the intricacies of course plotting, mark setting, and race safety. To fund their activities youth and adults conduct a variety of activities including pancake breakfasts, yard sales, donated boat sales and camp card sales. Friends and advisors offer in-kind services and gifts such as scholarships to RCYC Summer Sailing Camp, motor repair, boat maintenance, slip and dry dock space, use of The Doolin Education Center and safety and chase boat usage at RCYC.

Youth and adult leaders are active scouts and scouters across a range of functions. Adult members fill roles such as Advisor and Associate Advisors to the Council Venturing Officer’s Association (VOA,) Chairman for East Trinity Trails District and Lifeguard Instructors on the Council Aquatics Committee. Scouts serve on the Council VOA, staffing summer camp and the Council NYLT courses. Additionally one scout served as a Vice President of the National VOA.

Ship 1000 proudly shares in and contributes to the excellence of Sea Scouting as noted in the Sea Scout Manual.

“Outings on a boat offer new destinations in the morning and the changing scenery of a new harbor by evening. Every event is an adventure.”

To see Ship 1000’s summary of 2014 activities visit http://www.ship1000.org.

The 2015 National Flagship Fleet was selected and wishes to recognize the following Sea Scout Ships for their outstanding programs for this past year:

 

  • Dragonlady Ship 1942, National Capital Area Council, Arlington, Virginia
  • Response Ship 911, Capitol Area Council, Austin, Texas
  • Runners Ship 212, National Capital Area Council, Bethesda, Maryland

Congratulations to each of these ships for their great programs in the past. We look forward to their continued involvement with the Sea Scout program around the country.

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10 Questions With Pratik Vaidya

Greetings Sensational Southerners!Pratik Vaidya

For this interview we turn to the Western Region, where they have a rocking program! Frequently they post about different activities that are held in the region. It is definitely an area in our Southern Venturing program we want to emulate! Who is next in the series??

Pratik Vaidya

This week brings you Pratik Vaidya, the upcoming Western Region President for 2015-2016. He is passionate about bringing Venturing to others. He loves having fun, but he also has a “git-er-done” side, which the South can definitely appreciate! Enjoy the interview with him, I know I did!

Darcy Phinney: How does it feel to be the incoming Region President?

Pratik Vaidya: I’m really excited and honored to be given such an important responsibility! I’ve loved every moment of my involvement with Venturing so far, and can’t wait to continue making a difference to the Venturing program across the region. It’s been an exciting trek for the Venturing program, and I look forward to contributing to its journey!

Why did you start Venturing?

I started Venturing after hearing about it at my council’s NYLT as a participant. I had been involved in Scouting as a Boy Scout for several years, but jumped at the opportunity be involved in a program that allowed me to lead high adventure activities and explore lots of different interests while making friends. I loved the program when I joined, and can’t even imagine looking back!

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

I honestly continue being extremely involved in the Venturing program for the exact same reasons that I joined! It’s the only program that’s given me skills that will help throughout my life while having a blast! I’ve been able to go snowmobiling, rock climbing, shooting, overnight cycling, backpacking, and beach camping – all over the course of a year – thanks to the Venturing program. I’m amazed by the difference it’s made to me and enjoy passing the experience on to others!

What is your favorite memory of Venturing?

It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite memory! I’ve been fortunate to try many different things that have been amazing in their own ways. One of my top two experiences is my crew’s last backpacking trip to the Olympic Coast in Washington State. Everything from the morning breakfast, hikes on the beach, and splashing in the ocean to leading ILSC and building campfires are impossible to forget. The other great memory is leading the co-ed Venturing week of NYLT as the Senior Patrol Leader/Course Leader. The amount of knowledge you gain, friends you make, and fun you’ll have in a single week is mind-blowing. I won’t ruin any of the surprises, but I’d highly recommend you attend if you haven’t already!

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

I’m really proud of some of the past events I’ve been involved with. Whether it was our council’s Venturing Winter Challenge or the San Diego Beach Blowout that took place just a few weeks ago, it’s always rewarding to see Venturers from all over the place meet and make memories that will last their lifetimes and sometimes even discover a newfound meaning of the Venturing program. I’m also proud of Venturers and crews I’ve been able to support through training events, social media promotion, and providing advice.

What are some of your plans for Venturing this year?

I’m really excited to work with our areas to really utilize the new Venturing program update to help promote Venturing around the region. This will take form by working with each of the areas to make sure they have a full cabinet, have the support needed to start at least one council VOA, and are able to host a successful event in their area. Announcements about an awesome and unique region event will be released in the next few months!

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

I will really be focusing on providing the Areas with the resources and support they need to promote Venturing in their respective councils. This will entail working to form new Council VOAs and also providing support to existing Council VOAs.

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

I believe there will always be road bumps in any new endeavor. That being said, I plan on taking advantage of the wonderful support structure and turning the road bumps into success stories. We have a wonderful region cabinet in place and I know we’ll be able to do great things. A quote by Mickey Rooney is one that I look to motivate me sometimes. He says, “You always pass failure on your way to success.”

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

I really hope Venturing will continue to grow in it’s own identity as a program that allows youth to discover individual interests and passions while socializing and learning life-long skills. I would love to see Venturing crews interacting with one another to plan exciting events and engaging training. I see Venturing as a program that’s interwoven in the lives of youth across the country who take advantage of the flexibility Venturing has to offer.

And finally, If you could feast on two foods for the rest of your life and not worry about bad health, what would they be?

No meal would be complete without cheesecake (any type!) and I also love mangoes! So those two would be my choices!

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