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The changes in the Venturing in the long run can only hurt the program, because National still has not figured out how to deliver an effective and exciting program for high school age youth. Working with Venturing for the past 15 years and maintaining a crew of now 100 members the Venturing leaders in our council both adult and youth HAVE figured out what you need to do and how to do it the right way. All of the crews have members from adjoining councils whose Venturing crews are disappearing faster than their boy scout troops. Venturing is NOT about rank or how many badges you earn and never has been
I agree that "Venturing is NOT about rank or how many badges you earn and never has been", but will point out that neither is Boy Scouts.
The biggest problem I see with crews, even those touted as being "successful crews", is that they are simply adventure clubs, and have lost all sense of the purposes goals of the program. Fun adventures are a tool used to create an environment where the programs goals can be accomplished.
[h=2]Goals[/h] Young adults involved in Venturing will:
- Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code.
- Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
- Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups.
- Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, religious life, or Sea Scouting.
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment
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Posted 26 September 2014 - 09:31 AM
I ment to say... Recognition Awards (not rank)
Freudian slip or autocorrect?
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Posted 23 November 2014 - 01:14 PM
Of course, Sea Scouts have a rank system in addition to venturing awards and recognition. Those ranks have very specific meaning. (Just as you wouldn't trust young gangs of boys to be lead by less than first class scouts on their independent outings, you would prefer to not turn your boat over to a less-than-Able seamen.) They also have a collection of recognitions (http://www.seascout....uth/recognition) than include the venturing recognition.
I could imagine a specialty crew (be it in SCUBA or LARP) might have it's own set of "ranks" that would identify a person as qualified to independently operate and lead missions in their specialty.
But, there is no reason to think that a bronze-awarded venturer, even one who happens to be in an outdoor-oriented crew, would have any outdoor skills.
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