The Venturing crew is sponsored by a community organization such as a business, service organization, school, labor group, or church. The chartered organization is responsible for selecting leadership, providing a meeting place, and promoting a good program. The chartered organization representative is the liaison between the crew, the chartered organization, and the BSA. The crew may elect to be all-male, all-female, or co-ed.
The crew committee is a group of adults, led by the crew committee chair, who guide the crew program and activities and manage record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The crew must have at least five adults registered with the crew to become a legitimate crew. The crew is led by youths who are elected to the positions of president, one or more vice-presidents, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, guide, and historian. Other positions in the Venturing crew may exist, such as activity chair. The adult adviser and associate advisers provide guidance while allowing the youth to lead the crew.
A boy scout or girl scout troop are by necessity, structured environments. Often run by adults under the auspices that they youth are in control, however more often than not, it is adult operated with youth input.
A Venturing Crew, by definition, maintains a very flexible atmosphere. It is run by the youth with advisory input from the adults, but it is not run by adults. The failures our the youth are their failures. The adults guide them to try again and learn to be successful – ADULTS IN NO WAY OPERATE THEIR PROGRAM.
A Venturing Crew is a fun-filled, co-ed organization. It is created by the American Legion, 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 13 1/2 (or have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.
Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive high adventure experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests. Venturing Crew 75 Operates as a Outdoor Speciality Crew, focusing on the Venturing Ranger Award, which can be found here.
What a Venturing Crew IS NOT – A group of (exclusive) older teens in a troop setting doing “older” activities that younger scouts are not allowed to do. Our base is those aged 13 to 20 seeking out a bold new program that they nurture and execute successfully.