I've always figured it was a matter of time. Last year, on the way back from our 50 miler my son and his best friend were texting two of their girl friends and talking about how the four of them should do a backpacking trek. A couple of weeks ago, my son and one of the girls were over our house and she started talking about how Girl Scouts really lacked adventure. I mentioned Venturing and her eyes lit up. She mentioned a couple of other names, one of which is the daughter of another ASM in our Troop. The next week, I mentioned Venturing at the end of an e-mail to that ASM. His response was that his daughter would be very interested and that he also was interested in helping out. Add two more friends of the girls, the daughter of our IH, my son's best friend and my son's buddy he did NYLT with and we have five girls and three boys that are interested. It would be easy to add a couple of boys from the troop to and a couple more friends of friends to round out the crew.
I told my son and his friends that if they want to do this, then they need to take the lead and make a presentation to the IH and COR to get approval (should be easy because CO already sponsors a Pack and a Troop). We've got an Advisor (me) and three more adults (my wife, the ASM and his wife) interested in helping out. I can easily recruit some other parents to be the CC and Committee Members. Our only challenge is finding a female adult to do the high adventure -- my wife will camp and hike, but is hesitant to go anywhere there isn't at least a latrine.
I've spent the last couple of week reading everything I could find on Venturing (Advisor Training Manual, Crew Leadership Training Manual, Award Requirements, etc.) and have ordered the Advisor Guide and Venturer Guide. I even found a really cool joining ceremony on the BSA website.
Any advice to a soon to be Venturing Advisor (other than training myself to say "youth-led" rather than "boy-led")?