By Darryl Alder
Mar 20, 2015

Is Large Group Training Dead for Venturing?

For Venture Advisors and Committee Members the answer is probably yes!

EDGESo what’s  a trainer to do? It’s time to train the trainer, and whole lot more of them with The Trainer’s EDGE. You will probably need one per LDS Stake, but even better would be the Commissioner service in a stake all becoming trainers. In this course, trainers will gain skill themselves in four modules, including:

  1. Communicating
  2. Training Preparation‐Logistics, Media, Methods and Presentations
  3. Directing Traffic and Thoughts
  4. Practice Sessions

Last May with new program updates, the Venturing program released new training syllabi called Venturing Advisor Position Specific and Crew Committee Challenge—Crew Committee Position-Specific Training. They are designed to be conducted in small groups of 6-8 participants—similar to a crew committee meeting. The setting for each course may be as informal as sitting around a picnic table during a crew outing or a Stake training weekend.

wood_badge_111014_IMG_3953-360My stake takes all the youth, dads and leaders to Maple Dell Scout Camp each May. While the fathers and sons have a camporee like experience, the Stake Presidency and Young Men’s Presidency teach the courses to new leaders, sometimes with the help of experienced leaders.

In this article we have tried to pull together the latest updates on training for Venturing leaders and youth.  With the release of the new Venturing program in the spring of 2014, these course were revised to help Advisors and committee members better meet the needs of Venturers. Unlike previous training, the different responsibilities of Advisors and committee members were recognized by developing them as two separate courses:

screenshot_56Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training, provides an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that help ensure a successful Venturing crew experience for both Venturers and Advisors.

The focus of this course is on the relationship between crew officers and Advisors, identifying the challenges of working with youth and young adults, explaining Venturing’s recognition opportunities and how to support Venturers in their annual program planning process.

screenshot_55The Crew Committee Challenge—Crew Committee Position-Specific Training, provides guidance to committee members on how to give the support needed by Advisors and Venturers to deliver a high-quality program experience.

This course covers some of the same material as the Advisor course listed above, but is directed more toward helping committee members understand their role. It also identifies desired qualities in an Advisor, cites helpful resources, and explains the relationship between the crew committee and the chartered organization.

Both courses are available online at, and may be facilitated by unit, district, or council trainers.

So how do you want to take your next training course?
BS DA Right

Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA
Source: Boy Scouts of America | Advancement News

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