Take High-Adventure to The Next Level With Venturing
Venturing provides young men and women with high adventure outdoor activities, real-world leadership experiences, increasing responsibility, and a challenging personal development program.
What Will I Do in Venturing?
Venturing is only limited by the imagination of its members. A Venture crew is led by the young men and women who participate. Adult leaders are only there to assist, mentor, and guide young leaders in their adventures. Crew members may choose to sail the Caribbean, produce a play, climb a mountain, teach others to scuba dive, enjoy the great outdoors, or attend the Olympics. All these adventures are being done today by Venture crews across the country.
Venturers plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace. Choose from interests ranging from bouldering to biking to wilderness survival and countless other adventures, sports, arts and hobbies. Experts in these fields are ready to provide fun, real-world experiences. Youth are rewarded for each achievement which helps participants gain self-confidence. Setting their own goals helps Venturers grow in self-reliance.
How Often Do We Meet?
Venture crews meet weekly or every other week. Rock climbing, white water rafting, scuba diving, hiking, and other activities that crew members decide to participate in will occur throughout the year. Many crews will participate in one event or activity per month.
Who Can Join?
Young men and women, ages 13-20 and completed the eighth grade, can join Venturing.
What's the Cost?
The membership fee to join a Venture crew is $24 per year and is pro-rated. Other costs for uniforms, activities, and camp are not included in the membership fee. Fundraising programs are available to help keep costs low.
How Does Venturing Include Parents and Guardians?
Scouting is a volunteer-led program. Each Crew is sponsored by a local community organization. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate and get involved as a volunteer leader. Parents and the community organization select leaders. We'll work with the volunteer leaders to provide training and resources to deliver a great program. Crew leaders have the opportunity to work with young men and women and their families, improving the community throughout fun-filled activities that teach values of the Scout Oath and Law. By serving as a leader you can help make a positive difference in the kind of adults Venturers grow into.
How Do We Get Started?
Join Venturing at any time! Find a Venturing crew in your area and complete an online application by visiting www.beascout.org. To contact someone directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.455.5522.
New National Venturing Website Unvieled!
There is a newly revealed Venturing Website that was created by Venturers, for Venturers! Check it out for yourself! Share with your crew!
Venturing Absurdly Formal Adventure Ball is scheduled for Friday, April 7th, 2017
Tuxedos, Rock Climbing, Ball Gowns, and Guns. What Venturing Scout could ask for more?
The Absurdly Formal Adventure Ball is a formal dance, like homecoming or prom, but also includes open times for climbing, archery, air pistols, welding, slack lining, campfires, indoor/outdoor gaga ball, and awesomeness, making this event unlike any other homecoming or prom you've ever been to!
Dancing in the gun range will start at approximately 10:00 p.m. The event ends at midnight.
Sign in begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner and activities begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Colorado Adventure Point. Cost is $20.00 per person.
All Venturers are encouraged to bring their non-Venturing friends, to introduce them to why you wear that Awesome Green Venturing Shirt!
You can register here, and download the flyer to share!
Powder Horn Registration is now open!
Powder Horn is a training opportunity designed to expose the Venturing, Varsity leaders or youth, or the Boy Scout Leader to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful High Adventure Program in several ways:
- Help Venturing Leaders and Scouters to safely conduct outdoor activities of a fun and challenging nature.
- Provides an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully lead their Venturers and older Boy Scouts through a program of high adventure.
- Familiarizes the Advisor with the Ranger program so that he or she can help the Venturer to meet the requirements of the Ranger Award.
- This course is based on the Venturing Ranger requirements giving participants an exposure to outdoor/high adventure activities.
This is NOT a total training or certifying course. It is meant to give the participants an opportunity to try the activity and learn how to provide it in your own program.
Cost: $250.00 per person - a $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at registration.
Plan on attending both weekends: August 11, 12 & 13 at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch -AND- August 18, 19 & 20 at Tahosa High Adventure Base, as this is a six day course. There will be snacks available on Friday evenings.
You can register here. Here is a flyer to share.
Contact Toby Williams, 2017 Powder Horn Course Director, with any questions.
Venturing X-Games is scheduled for August 4, 5 & 6, 2017!
X-Games is a fantastic opportunity for your Venturing Crew to compete with other Crews in a scored event that goes from 6:00 p.m. on Friday to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Events may include: Archery, Repelling/climbing, leadership challenges, first aid diagnosis, mountain biking, black powder, GPS/landnav, walk the plank, canoeing - you never know what you'll be doing!
This event runs from August 4, 5 & 6 at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, and the cost is $28.00 per person.
Registration will be open soon, so share this flyer with your crew!
Save the dates - for some outstanding fun activities!
Shooting Sports Day - Saturday, May 13, 2017. View the "Save the Date" Flyer.
VOA Tahosa Venturing Weekend - September 15 - 17, 2017. View the "Save the Date" flyer.
Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is looking for Officers for 2017/2018
The purpose of the Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is to provide support and guidance to maintaining and growing the Venturing program within the Denver Area Council. The VOA is looking for Officers to serve for 2017/2018. You can complete the VOA Application and send it to Dave Whitner, DAC Team Leader by June 1, 2017. The address is on the application.
You do not need to be an Officer in your home unit to attend meetings or to serve as a VOA Officer.
We encourage all Venturing Youth to attend this meeting, if possible. This is the place to voice your ideas and become involved in the Council Venturing activities, events, ideas, etc.
The VOA meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Scout Headquarters.
Questions? Contact Venturing Officer Association Advisor Dean Stephens, 303.564.2086.
Scout Show - We'll be there!!
The Venturing Committee will have a booth at the Scout Show - we hope that you will stop by and see what is new. We will have updates, flyers and information to share with your crew.
The Kullman Scholarship Fund donation can will be there as well. We hope that you will be able to help our youth attend our activities by donating to the John Kullman Scholarship Fund.
New Procedures for Tracking Venturing Awards!
Rick Baldessari, Advancement Chairman, would like to be notified when Venturers receive any awards, especially the Ranger Award. As Venturing Awards are not being tracked by BSA, it is hard to know, as a Council, how many awards are being earned by Venturers.
Reminder that the Summit Award requires a Board of Review (BOR), and a District Representative must be a part of that BOR.
You can contact Rick directly with this information, or if you have any questions. Rick can be reached at 303.423.1887.
Denver Venturing is Going to the Summit! Join a Crew!
The National Scout Jamboree has been around since 1937. It is a 10 day gathering of Scouts from around the USA and invited countries around the world. It takes place every four years, and the upcoming Jamboree will be in July, 2017.
The Denver Area Council will be sending two Crews in 2017, and they are looking for interested parties.
Here is an informational flyer.
Contact information for Crew Advisors:
Venturing Committee Meetings - Both Adults and Youth Are Invited
The Venturing Program Committee meets once a month to discuss how to provide leadership and service to the Venturing Program by supporting and providing program for youth. All Venturing adults and youth are welcome to attend. Pizza is ordered - $5.00 per person.
Here is the 2017 Committee Meeting schedule (please add these dates to your calendar):
- March 15 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- April 19 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- May 17 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- June 14 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- July 19 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- August 16 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- September 20 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- October 18 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- November 15 - starts at 6:30 p.m.
- December 20 - begins at 6:00 p.m. - Join us for the Annual Potluck (starts at 6:00; meeting begins at 6:30) and help us choose who will receive the Venturing Leadership Awards! Both adults and youth are needed to vote.
Location: Denver 1 Police Station
International Scouting Information - 15th World Scout Moot - Iceland
The 15th World Scout Moot will be held in Iceland July 25 to August 2, 2017. It is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (Wosm), hosted and organized by the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association, for young people aged between 18 and 25 inclusive.
If you are a Scout in a National Scout Organization that is a member of WOSM and if you are born or between the dates of August 2, 1991 and July 25, 1999 - you are eligible as a participant. If yu are born on or before August 1, 1991, you are eligible to join the Moot's International Service Team (IST).
The plan is for 5,000 participants and 1,000 IST from 80 countries around the world to join the Moot in 2017.
So, come on - register and join a fantastic international event held in a country of natural wonders and bright nights.
Contact Mark Beese, 303.913.8830, if you have any questions.
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Venturing Times (Newsletter)
The Venturing Times is a quarterly newsletter designed to bring you up to speed on everything Venturing including stories or information on Venturing activities, program, training, etc. If you have any comments or questions regarding the newsletter, please email Becky Elzas.
- March, 2017
- February, 2017
- January, 2017
- December, 2016
- November, 2016
- August, 2016
- June, 2016
- May, 2016
- December, 2015
- November, 2015
- August, 2015
- 1st Quarter - 2014
- 2nd Quarter - 2014
Training opportunities, dates and times can be found on our Training Page.
You can view a short video, What Did YOU Do This Weekend? (give it a moment to load)
For monthly meetings and Roundtables, see our Calendar
Does a youth member of your crew need financial assistance to attend the 2017 Jamboree, X-Games, Snow Snake Rendezvous or another Venturing activity? There are a limited number of funds available in the John Kullman Scholarship - a scholarship fund set up to help Venturers make it to camping activities. Contact Dave Whitner for more information.
Want to see what's happening in Venturing? See our photo albums