I don’t think we really need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Venturing. There are some great things floating out there on the Internet that may only need a little tweaking to work for you and your crew…
With that said, here goes a shout out to a …Columbia Basin Scouting webpage specific on LDS Venturing Resources. They have done a great job in making Venturing easy to understand and follow. I love their comment on why they have this site: ‘The intent of this website is not to duplicate efforts of other similar websites, but to simplify access to key information used frequently.’ The drop down documents are easy to access and read. I strongly encourage you take a few minutes and check them out.
Here are a few highlights he liked, albeit mixed in with a bit of Varsity Scouting:
- Venturing Program Summary: This document shows highlights of both ALPS and the Venturing awards. It may be very helpful to get a program overview.
- Venturing Activity Planning Worksheet: Venturing’s core is leadership development for youth by planning and executing crew activities. This worksheet may be useful in helping youth organize and plan a variety of activities.
- Venturing Structured Personal Reflections: Leading reflections may be the advisor’s only role in a meeting but this document can be used to help Venturers understand reflective thinking themselves. Reflection lets them share their thoughts and ideas with others, and helps them document their thoughts as they consider how they can develop themselves into better people.
- Venturing Program Calendar Template 2017: This is the calendar for Crew 66/64 from Ephrata, Washington that is sponsored by the LDS Church there. It includes Church-specific monthly activities with the Young Women. Each activity is color-coded to correspond witha program area.
In his post, Wilson thanked Crews 66 and 64 for developing and sharing these resources. He closes with this: “So, now you have it: some additional LDS insights on how to make Venturing work. What works for you? I’d love to hear your success stories. Please feel free to share.”
Author: David Wilson | Council Training Committee. He has been actively involved in Venturing since its inception back in the ’90’s. He is dedicated to working on strengthening the bridges and removing the walls that occur between the Church and the BSA for the older young men in the Church.