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?

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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.

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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!





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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



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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.




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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!
 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

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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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Website Changes and Updates

SRHello all!

Welcome to the Southern Region Venturing website! We are working on updating this so it become a better tool for all of you to use. If you have any suggestions for this you want to see this website do, click the “Contact Us” tab and send us a message! We will keep all suggestions in mind as we construct a better instrument for your Venturing needs.

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New SRV President Announced

I am pleased to announce that Joe Andrus has been selected to serve as the 2014-2015 Southern Region Venturing President. Joe is from the Occoneechee Council and is currently serving as a SR Area 7 Venturing Vice-President of Administration.

His full biography will be available RIGHT HERE soon, so be sure to check it out!

Please join me in congratulating Joe as we await the exciting beginning of his term on June 1st!

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Trees For The World!

Hey Venturers and Sea Scouts! Rachel Eddowes (SR VP Admin) here!

How cool would it be to take part and contribute to an international Messengers of Peace project? Well guess what? SI SE PUEDE! (YES YOU CAN!)

On April 26th, Earth Day, scouts from all around the world will be planting trees in order to help the environment. This is something your Crew, Ship and/or VOA can organize.

Here’s what to do:
1) ‘Like’ the Trees for the World Facebook page:
2) Check out this packet of information:

It’s that easy! Once the project is completed you simply let Trees for the World know how many scouts were involved in your extension of the project.

For More information contact Rachel Eddowes at “”

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The Venturer Holiday edition 2013!

Hey Guys! I’m proud to announce a new edition of The Southern Region Newsletter! “The Venturer”
Loaded with tons of cool and useful information! Go check it out!

Holiday edition! 2013


Southern Region VP of Communications

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