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A Venturing Crew is a fun-filled , co-ed organization run, organized and executed by teens, for teens, designed to help develop leadership and teamwork through outdoor adventures and unique outings and activities. Although co-ed, it's a separate and senior division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Venturing program started in 1998 and is an evolution of Exploring, which BSA operated for decades.
 
 
Venturing is a young adult development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are at least 14 (or have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. 
 
Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. 


Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

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The Venturing Uniform

Of all the programs offered by the BSA, the Venturing program is very unique when it comes to uniform requirements.  Uniform is not a stated "method" of Venturing, which requires some adjustment by those accustomed to the more rigid uniform standards of the Scouting program.  Venture Crews specialize in many different activity areas, so having a standard uniform for all crews to wear during activities is not very practical.  Because of this,

the type of uniform, if any, is decided by the members of each crew

and can be modified at any time.

If a crew focuses on mostly water activities, their uniform may include a swimsuit and snorkeling fins! If a crew is focused on general high-adventure activities, they may decide to have a more practical T-shirt during the summer and a long sleeve fleece during the winter.  Crews focused on just winter activities may have a jacket as a uniform.  That is the great thing about the Venturing uniform.

In Crew 1396 our activity uniform is a dark green wicking T-shirt with a small Venturing logo and "Crew 1396" emblazoned on the left chest.  The activity shirt may be worn with shorts, pants or swim trunks.  Charcoal/dark gray shorts or pants are recommended but not required.  Refer to our By-Lawsfor further guidance.  Green fleece jackets and hats embroidered with the logo are also available.

What's up with the Venturing "Class A" uniform?

At times you may see a Venturer wearing a dark green, button-up shirt as a uniform.  The BSA "spruce" green Venturing shirt is available for wear by Venturers and adult leaders.  It can be purchased from the Scout Store or scoutstuff.org.  The "recommended" Venturing uniform standards were established to provide a common uniforming standard for Venturers at larger events where uniforms are expected, Regional or National Officers meetings, or more formal events such as Courts of Honor.

  • The green Venturing short-sleeve shirt with Kelly green shoulder loops.  (not the Scout red or forest-green loops)
  • Charcoal gray shorts or long pants are the recommended (not required) field uniform for Venturers.  (Either Venturing Switchbacks, or other good quality hiking pants in charcoal gray)
  • Insignia placement is similar to the BSA Scout uniform.
 
 

A Venture Crew is organized, operated and run by the young adult members- 

 

Unlike a scouting troop where a PLC meets to give a list of activities to the scoutmaster for approval that the youth would like to do, there are no adults that will say, " NO, you will not do that". However, it is up to the youth members to organize, plan and execute all the events. Naturally, since, the event is handled by the Crew -if the Venturers do not follow through, there is no event.

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If a Crew wants do a specific outing... it is up to the Crew members to investigate, budget, plan and execute the event (with Adult Advisor/Councelor assistance)

A Leadership Committee -  president, vice-presidents, program chair, treasurer  - is elected (every 6 months, once a year, etc..) to help facilitate the Crew. Adult Advisors do not say, " No, you cannot be elected this time " It is up to the Crew as to what young adults serve what leadership positions

What will OUR Venture Crew DO? Whatever YOUR Crew decides.