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

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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!
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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

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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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Venturing Olympics

What 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?


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.


For 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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Read his biography here!




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Of Mice and Shelters

Greetings Sensational Southerners!


Me in a shelter.

Have you ever wanted to build a house?

Well you can make one, and you can also use it to help cross off your Wilderness Survival core requirement for Ranger! I will do my best to give you some tips to help you stay warm and dry when you sleep! The shelter I am most comfortable with is a lean to, so that shelter will be to focus of this article.

Where are you?

One of the most important steps you can take when building a shelter is to look out for widow makers! What is a widow maker? It is a dead tree that could fall on you while you are sleeping, and if you were married it might leav e your spouse a widow. So look out for these kinds of trees before building your shelter! I have needed to move my shelters before because of this, even though they were fully built.

Also keep in mind which direction the wind is blowing. Wind will blow weather into your lean to, so try to face away from it. This helps you stay dry and warm!

How much daylight is left?

This questions is really asking how much time do you have to make your shelter? If it is noon, you have more time to create your sleeping hut, but when it is near sunset and you need to make a shelter, a free standing wigwam may not be the most practical type of shelter to make.

What materials are you going to be using?


We initially didn’t put enough debris on, so we added more the next day

Nature provides many materials to choose from! Sticks, leaves, mud to stick your poles into, trees to lean your shelter against and many others are provided for you to use! Spiderwebs can help leaves stick better to your sticks, just make sure you don’t get a spider along with it!

Have you started yet?


Mice agreed that more debris was needed, they almost stole my hat!

The shelter won’t build itself! Steering clear of rotten trees, you have decided create your shelter in a spot. Great! The base frame is important, so don’t use rotten wood or skinny sticks. The frame will be supporting  the weight of leaves and sticks that you will be piling on top of  it, so rotten wood may break in half  and skinny sticks can’t support the roof. Don’t cut down a tree to make your frame either though, that action does not follow Leave No Trace principles! Besides, sap on your sleeping bag is hard to remove!

With a sturdy frame you will go far. Begin layering sticks and leaves on the frame. The angle is important, because too steep means the shelter won’t cover you enough, and too flat means it won’t protect you from rain because the water will seep through the roof.


Nice layering of sticks and debris!

Start with big sticks, trying to make sure they are evenly spaced but still close together. This makes it so the leaves and other things you throw on don’t fall through the cracks as easily. Once you have that layer down, put on smaller sticks to cover the longer gaps. Once you have all the small sticks down, cover the lean to with debris!

Insulation is key here. The more you can put on the roof, the better. I have always been told three feet is a good base to start with, but I also know that the colder it is, the more debris you want to pile on.


You are in the wilderness which is home to many creatures other than yourself.  I learned this one early morning. My hat was slowly being pulled off of my head, and as I groggily woke up and looked around, I saw a mouse with my hat in its mouth. Mice that were taking cover in my shelter decided they needed my hat for mouse things. To say the least, I was freaked out a little! It was morning so I rose to start my day, but my crew still laughed at me. All this is to say keep in mind that the wilderness is filled with animals. Respect them!

Done sleeping in it?

Don’t forget Leave No Trace! When done, scatter your shelter around the area. Clean up any mess you have made. In my mouse story, I made sure I didn’t leave anything behind. My hat stayed with me for the rest of the weekend!

Making a shelter is no joke! It protects you from the elements, so don’t skimp!

Hope this helped you in your Ranger journey!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP of Communications


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2015-2016 Southern Region Venturing President

As the Southern Region VOA we are pleasedIMG_4797 to announce Chelsea Davis has been selected as the 2015-2016 Southern Region Venturing President! Chelsea is from the Capitol Area Council located in Austin, Texas, and is currently serving as the Southern Region Area 3 President.

She has a biography up currently under the Area 3 tab, however another one will be posted to reflect her new position.

Please join us in congratulating Chelsea Davis as her term begins June 1st!

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Need Service, No Problem?

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

With the changes in Venturing’s Advancement Program a lot of Venturers are now looking at a long list of service hours that they need to complete. I have gathered some tips and tricks about volunteering!

In total in the Venturing program you need 60 hours of service; half to be done with your home crew.

Have nowhere to volunteer? Where do you go?

There are many different places to volunteer and you don’t even have to look outside of scouting. Ask around your council and see if you can help staff a week of Cub Scout Day Camp or a Webelos Weekend.

If you want to look outside of scouts, you can always look toward non-profits in your community, from things from Animal Shelters to your local Landtrust to a food pantry. Frequently these organizations have multiple workdays that could work for your schedule.

How Do I Keep Track of my Time?

If you are anything like me, you always forget to carry around a piece of paper to write things down on. There are many different ways to take note of the time that you arrive and leave at.

As soon as you get to the site, text someone and tell them that you have arrived; then when you are looking back at your text after you got home you can write down the time when you sent it. The same can be done when you leave.

Another option is to screenshot your phone screen that has a clock on it. Then you have a photo of the time when you were arriving and leaving.

But volunteering isn’t fun?

Volunteering can sometimes come off as “Lame” but only when you are forced to volunteer. So make sure when you have to volunteer, you are doing it for something that you are passionate about. That is what truly makes the difference.

If you like pets go to an Animal Shelter; if you like being outside, Landtrust has planting days; and if you like scouting there is always a camporee that could use an extra staff member. Find what works for you!

Hopefully these tips helped! What are some service activities that you have enjoyed doing?

Douglas Taylor


Douglas Taylor

Area 5 Venturing VP of Administration

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ALPS Rendezvous 2015

Hey Sensational Southerners!


Circle Ten Council’s Venturing Officers’ Association is putting on an amazing, fun filled event. Circle Ten Council, which is located in beautiful Dallas, Texas, will be having this ALPS Rendezvous at the wonderful Camp Wisdom.  We plan to bring some Alpine fun and flair to the four pillars, or areas of focus, of Venturing’s new ALPS program model.


This annual C10 (Circle Ten) event is called Rendezvous. Rendezvous is a meeting at a prearranged time and place.  The term is French and roughly translates to the Southern expression, y’all go.  The Alps are a mountain range in Europe stretching approximately 750 miles across eight countries.  These mountains, which include Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, were formed over tens of millions of years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided.

The Alps serve as a playground for Europe.  Winter activities include downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste skiing, telemark skiing, heli-skiing, mono-skiing, snowboarding, off-piste snowboarding, snowshoeing, husky walking, glacier walkingAAA, sledging, snow mobiling, snow blading, bobsleigh, curling, ice climbing, ice driving, and ice skating.  These activities can be accompanied by relaxation at the ski lodge or spa.

During the summer, the Alpine lakes and mountains are ideal for hiking, target shooting, archery, tennis, cycling, mountain biking, quad biking, golf, rambling, horse riding, rock climbing, canyoning, bungee jumping, paragliding, and hang-gliding. Via Ferrata is a combination of scrambling and rock climbing courses using pegs and cables, fixed ropes, ladders, and hand rails. Water activities include fishing, swimming, rowing, rafting, white water rafting, kayaking, white water kayaking, hydrospeed, sailing, and canoeing.

ALPS Rendezvous 2015 will be offering a variety of over 20 different challenges, activities, eventsq and trainings based upon and inspired by all of these awesome Alpine activities. Are you ready to face them?

Date: April 10-12, 2015

Location: Camp Wisdom, 6400 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, TX 75236

Who Can Attend: This event is for anybody, ages 14-20 or those that are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, that want to have some fun! Any participant, who is not currently a member of a Scouting unit, must register for the event through a host Scouting unit. The appropriate number of male and female adult Advisors must accompany youth participants. If you have questions, or are interested in participating and need to contact a unit to register, please email

I am excited to see you there!

Bailey Coleson, SR VP of Program

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A Cry For Help!

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

This is not your regular blog post.Help

This is a Cry for Help!

You see as I manage this blog, I need articles to fill it. So far, it has some awesome topics and I have published  thoughts, experiences, and general awesomeness. But I can’t do this alone.

I need YOUR help!

Do you have some tips about service projects that could be done to help complete the Summit award? Did you have a great time at a campout this weekend? Are you planning an event and want others to come? Do you have a delicious recipe you want to share? Do you have any camping tips that you feel people should know about? Did you attend a useful leadership camp?

I need to hear from YOU!

What do you want to see? What is your idea of Venturing? Do you want to hear what others have to say about their view of Venturing? Does this mean an interview with a Venturing youth or an adult or someone else? Am I completely off the mark? I know there are some amazing writers out there, who are much better at grammar than I! Or is it me? Moving on!

How can I make this blog work better for you and how can I accomplish this with your help?

Email any comments, questions, concerns, accolades, (any wishes to help me out on a regular basis and make this awesome), and articles to!

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP Communications


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NAYLE at Sea Base

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A few mates!


Talking up a storm!

Talking up a storm!

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The youth in the course

Living on a sailboat for a week with complete strangers, and not only that, but taking a leadership course with these strangers? No way.

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Showing our crew spirit!

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Chilling at sea

When my parents told me that that was how I would be spending my spring break last year, I wasn’t the happiest Venturer ever. The whole drive down to Sea Base I was brooding, but as soon as I stepped foot onto camp property and met a few of the participants and my youth leader (Rachel Eddowes), my attitude did a 180! Even in the first five minutes of meeting each other, everyone was talking and laughing and playing icebreaker games together like they were nothing! Six participants were put on each boat (2 boats total), and I was the only female participant, but I had Rachel and our adult leader Mrs. Copeland thankfully!

Being on a boat… Everyone hears everything. You get over having no personal bubble pretty quickly which can start out a little awkward, but by the end of the week no one cares anymore. However having everyone hear everything is also a positive thing because it means all jokes are shared with everyone, all hardships are carried together, all secrets are group secrets. Everyone works together as a team to solve the problems and questions at hand.

Being stuck together in tight quarters not only brought us together, but also helped us get through all of the tests and questions NAYLE threw at us.

Although NAYLE is a leadership course, and you do learn amazing leadership skills, it’s much more than that. NAYLE is a life changing experience, a fantastic adventure, and makes you get closer to a group of people in a week than you would some in a year. I would strongly recommend this course at any high adventure base to anyone and everyone. No matter if you don’t think the course would “be for you” or not, NAYLE is something that every Venturer should experience at least once in their lifetime.

If you had any questions or doubts about what the NAYLE experience would be like, I hope this answered them, and I hope you take the course as soon as you can!

Savi McMillan, SR Area 6 President


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