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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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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Summer is Coming!

Hey there Sensational Southerners!

Have you thought about your summer plans yet? I know it may seem like it’s early, but camps have been prepping for you since the end of last summer! If you haven’t, here are a few tips for preparing yourself for the adventure that awaits you!


Advancement was my goal, so I went to a Road to Ranger and built shelters like this!

Advancement was my goal, so I went to a Road to Ranger and built shelters like this!

1. What do you want to do?

Backpacking, sailing, horseback, COPE, and canoeing are activities that can be done at different bases around the country! Do you want to have fun or do you want to advance or both? Do you want to grow personally or do you want to learn how to help others grow better?

The answers to these questions depend on how YOU answer them! Based on these, you can narrow down your search to a specific program like NYLT or COPE or a diverse week of experimenting in different classes.


I went to Latimer Reservation one summer for a Kodiak Challenge!

I went to Latimer Reservation one summer for a Kodiak Challenge!

2. Where do you want to go?

Do you want to go somewhere radically different or do you want to stick closer to home? The nationally run bases are Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, and The Summit Bechtel Reserve are all really cool, but they aren’t the only camps out there. Our councils contain some awesome camps and programs.

Maps of where each local camp is located in the Southern Region can be found here.

You can go have fun during week long excursions or learn something new at a leadership program based on what each camp offers. Check them out!


My crew fundraised through selling wreaths at Christmas!

My crew fundraised through selling wreaths at Christmas!

3. How are you going to pay for that?

I know when bringing up an exciting new opportunity that parents can be wary of prices. However, there are ways to ease the burden when you go. Councils have scholarships that can be used for your trip if you are eligible and APPLY for them! They also have fundraisers that you can participate in to raise money for yourself.

Talk to your council!

You don’t have to do this through your council, there are plenty of companies that offer fundraisers as well. Your crew may also have a fundraiser. Explore your options now, so you can have fun later!


My backpack filled with everything but my pajamas I bet.....

My backpack filled with everything but my pajamas I bet…..

4. Do you have your gear?

This is a crucial step! Realizing that you don’t have something prepared that was on the list stinks! Last minute shopping is no fun because you and your parents are stressed. This is made worse when you realize you don’t have something you need when you get to the camp! (My struggle every adventure is bringing pajamas. Oh yeah!)

Look at the list as soon as you can. Start packing a few days before you go, since last minute packing can cause you to forget things.

Inspect your gear. If you have an item that isn’t in the shape it should be, go and buy it. OR you can borrow it from another scout! Thrifty!

Once you have packed everything, go through the list again and look at each item with your own eyes. This just makes sure it is definitely, for sure there. (I tend to forget the last step, hence my no pajamas problem. Moving on!)




Staffing NAYLE last year, one of my favorite scouting weeks in general!

Staffing NAYLE last year, one of my favorite scouting weeks in general!

Are you ready for this summer???

I sure am!!

Tell me about your favorite summer activity! Where were you, who were you with, what were you doing? I want to know!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP Communications.

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Ranger Advancement, Cooking Requirement Tip!

Hello all!

Many Crews have thought out this requirement well and have put in the effort to plan a great meal that includes

the “Prepare and eat at least one meal with food you have found in the outdoors.” requirement. It comes with a little (or a lot!) of fun too!

Many a great story can be told for daring each other to eat dandelions or other interesting items you find, but remember a happy scout is one that has a good meal. As suggested by many a crew (mine included) find something natural in your area, for example wild leeks, or spices that may grow in your area and add them to a dish that is being planned. Chili is a wonderful dish to add some of these outdoor foods to.

Make sure you do your research first though! You can even make this into a challenge, to see who finds the best outdoor food to add to your meal.

As always, be adventurous and think outside the box!

Hope this helps on the Road to Ranger, Happy Venturing!

Chelsea Davis, SR Area 3 President

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Well, That’s a Pretty Sad Social Life.

I once told someone that I got a majority of my social interaction from Scouting. They responded with something akin to the title. But, really it’s not so sad.

I’ve made many good friends through Venturing. I’ve made friends that would give me a bed for the night and something to eat if I suddenly showed up in their hometown and asked for a place to stay.

Dare I say that’s not something just some ordinary friend would do, that’s something family would do?

Dare I say we are family?

I’ve not only made friends, I’ve made family through Venturing. We participate as members of the World Scouting Organization as members of the Boy Scouts of America. Because of that, we have brothers and sisters across the word that strive to live by the same ideals we do.

Scouting crosses country borders, ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups, and it crosses across faiths. We’re members of a family who all strive to do their duty to God, country, and themselves and we’re part of a family that chooses to acknowledge and embrace diversity.

How awesome is that?

Aaron Parks-Young, SR Venturing President

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I’m Confused….

I am sorry to hear that!

If you are confused about a few things Venturing, I can help you out with that! Under the new “Resources” tab are Important Documents and Maps.

Important Documents contains the VLA and VOA nomination forms (Get on those quick, they don’t last forever!), SOPs, and Venturing FAQs. All of these are pretty important, so check them out!

If you want to see maps of councils and camps, that is under the Maps tab. It is pretty cool to see where your council is and where it is located compared to others!

Got something you need help with? Contact us! We are happy to create solutions with you!

Credit goes to Central Region for creating this awesome photo!

Credit goes to Central Region for creating this awesome photo!

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Easy Peasy Cheesecake!

I really like desserts!

And by “really” I mean I have eaten too much before. Moving on!

One particular favorite dessert of mine is cheesecake! When my father introduced a recipe for making it in a dutch oven to me, I had to take a chance and make it!

I have burned water before.

While I am not known for cooking many things well, I mastered this recipe! I made it for my crew once, and we have made it several times now (And by we, I mean I bring the ingredients and have to closely supervise the cooking. But it isn’t too bad!)

This is one of the easiest things to make, so take a chance and open your dutch oven world a little more! It also helps check off a Cooking requirement for the Ranger Award.

Thank you!

I am sharing this recipe, but in no way am I calling it mine alone! Thank you to Scouting Magazine for publishing this AMAZING recipe, and thank you to Mr. Rappleye for sending it in! (He is a past president of the Utah-based International Dutch Oven Society, is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Like woah.)


My first try was at home to see if I could actually cook this.

My first try was at home to see if I could actually cook this.


Start with a 10-inch Dutch oven preheated to about 325 degrees (13 coals on top, 7 coals below).


  • 1 package honey graham crackers, crushed (about 1¾ cup)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5½ tablespoons salted butter, melted

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.

Lightly spray the inside of the Dutch oven with baking spray. Press the crumb mixture inside.

Bake for 10 minutes.


  • 5 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • Baking spray
  • Favorite cheesecake topping

Mix by hand cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla until well blended.

Add sour cream. Mix well.

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just blended. Pour over crust.

Bake for about 1 hour or until center is almost set.

Loosen cake from side of oven and let cool before serving with favorite fruit topping.

Serves: 12 to 16 slices


Trust me when I say it is so good! Thanks againg Scouting Magazine and Mr. Rappleye for this recipe!

Got more yummy recipes? Send them in to!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP Communications

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Venturing Zip Line

Venturing Crew 008 from the Great Smokey Mountain Council in Area 6 asked me to put this event up!

Crew 008 Event

It is an all day ziplining event, and they want as many people to come as possible!

When: April 25, 2015

Where: Navitat Canopy Tours, Ashville, NC

Cost: $89 per person, but if 40 people sign up for the eventa 30% discount will be applied to make it cheaper!

Dress: Field uniform dress for travel, activity uniform to riding the zipline.

Transportation: Provide your own please!

Questions and Registration: Talk to Shannon Siefke!

Feel free to post questions in the event page! Crew 008 really wants to see you there zipping with them!



Have more events? Email me at!

Darcy Phinney, SR VP of Communications

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Venturing Olympics

Greetings Sensational Southerners!

Area 9 is hosting an event called the Venturing Olympics. It will be held April 24-26 at Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, GA. Many activities will be going on, such as archery, rappelling, COPE, aquatics, and many more!! Like the Olympic games, there will be prizes for the winning teams!

Venturing Olympics









Can’t see the photo? Venturing Olympics

The price is $15 and you need to bring your own food. T-shirts are $10 when pre-ordered!

Registration is here!

If you have any questions, email

Can’t wait to see you all there!

David Perez, SR Area 9 President




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