The first time I went to BWCA I used an experienced scouter to train me in the techniques necessary to do it without an expensive outfitter.
Possibly that might be an opportunity for the Venturing camp. Provide specific training on how to do specific high adventure activities using experienced trainers.
The Crew wants BWCA. Do they know how to pack for that, how's their canoeing skills, map/compass work, wilderness camping, etc.? Equivalent of the Canoeing MB, Orienteering MB, Cooking MB (focused on campfire), Camping MB, and toss in a bit on Bear Awareness, fishing, and other topics of interest they might come up against in the BWCA setting including permit and boat registration paperwork. Do they even know that only 7 Crew members can go on a permit? 2 on that permit have to be adults. 9 people to a permit.
Most Crews might appreciate a focused week-long training session on how to do that type of activity.
The next year, maybe it's hiking (Isle Royale, Yellowstone back country, Grand Canyon and AT are all different experiences!). Then there's biking packing, hauling, cooking, supplies, bike repair, etc. The year after that we go with winter camping skills (health concerns, diet, clothing, equipment, skis vs. snowshoes, etc. Then there's the river/rapids trek with sandbar camping Whole new skill set over BWCA.
The focus for the program is a week of specific training and the rest of the year is focused on using those skills in the Crew's program.
with a 6 year cycle of training, the Venturing members can get extensive training in all the different venues while enjoying their time in the Crew. When they're done and age out, they may not have a Ranger award or Eagle classification to put on their resume, but they will have skills that they might use well into their adulthood years, if not life-long for some.
Edited by Stosh, 22 September 2015 - 09:25 AM.