Welcome to Venturing!
Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (or 13 and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills. You may find our Venturing Newsletter, The Venturing Times, informative. You can view the Venturing Crews in your area by going to www.beascout.org, and clicking on the Venturing Tab.
2016/17 Venturing Schedule is available here.
Venturing Awards Pot-Luck Scheduled!
Join the Venturing Committee and the Venturing Officers Association for the DAC Venturing Awards Potluck and abbreviated committee Meeting scheduled for August 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. We will be at the Colorado Adventure Point located at 10455 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80215. Print your flyer here.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Bring what you are famous for - salad, desert, side dish, main dish. Drinks are on your own.
The Award Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Venturing Leadership Awards and the DAC Venturing Exemplary Volunteer Leadership Awards will be presented, and there will also be an Induction Ceremony for the Venturing Officers Association Cabinet.
At this time, any Advisor is welcome to present Venturing Advancement Awards to their crew members.
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we know how many to expect.
The Venturing Officers Association is Updating Their Operating Procedures and By-Laws - They Need Your Input!
The VOA is looking to update their Operating Procedures and By-Laws. They are asking for your help!
Please review this document and send any questions/changes/additions/subtractions to VOA President Colton Spomer no later than Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
The information that is gathered here will be discussed at the August 11 VOA Meeting, which will be held at Hamilton Scout Headquarters, 10455 W. 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80215 and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Enter on the East side of the building.
Venturing Officers Association (VOA) News
The purpose of the Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is to provide support and guidance to maintaining and growing the Venturing program within the Denver Area Council. You do not need to be an Officer in your home unit to attend meetings or to serve as a VOA Officer.
We encourage all Venturing Youth to attend this meeting, if possible. This is the place to voice your ideas on Venturing activities, events, ideas, etc.
Our next meeting is Thursday, July 14 at Hamilton Scout Headquarters (Dobbins Room, East side of building) at 7:00 p.m. The VOA meets the second Thursday of every month. Please add these meetings to your calendar.
We hope to see you there!!!!!
Questions? Contact Venturing Officer Association Advisor Scott Elzas, 303.868.2774.
New Procedures for Tracking Venturing Awards!
Rick Baldessari, Advancement Chairman, would like to be notified when Venturers receive any awards, especially the Ranger Award. As Venturing Awards are not being tracked by BSA, it is hard to know, as a Council, how many awards are being earned by Venturers.
Reminder that the Summit Award requires a Board of Review (BOR), and a District Representative must be a part of that BOR.
You can contact Rick directly with this information, or if you have any questions. Rick can be reached at 303-423-1887.
Venturing X-Games has been cancelled!
X Games is a fantastic opportunity for your Venturing Crew to compete with other Crews in a scored event that goes from 6pm on Friday to 6am on Saturday. (Yes, you get to 'explore' Peaceful Valley overnight!!) Events may include: Archery, Repelling/climbing, leadership challenges, first aid diagnosis, mountain biking, black powder, GPS/landnav, walk the plank, canoeing – you never know what you’ll be doing! Both individuals and Crews are welcome!
So get ready to have a fun-filled weekend with some close friends.
Contact X-Games Chairman, Larry Richter if you have any questions.
Powder Horn Training is Now Open - Register Now!
The Powder Horn Course is designed to expose all leaders to activities and resources necessary to operate a successful high adventure program. It also familiarized the Advisor with the Ranger Program so that he or she can assist the Venturer to meet the requirements of the Ranger Award.
Here is a flyer to review with family and fellow Crew members.
This course is held over two weekends:
Session 1 - (participants must attend both sessions) August 5 - 7, 2016 - Peaceful Valley.
Session 2 - August 19 - 21, 2016 - Tahosa High Adventure Base.
Check in is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. both Fridays, and dinner will not be served either Friday evening.
Cost is $250.00 per person - a $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at registration.
Contact the 2016 Course Director, Jack Schooley at 303.888.0049 if you have any questions.
DAC Venturing is Going to the Summit! Join a Crew!
The National Scout Jamboree has been around since 1937. It is a 10 day gethering of Scouts from around the USA and invited countries around the world. It takes place every four years, and the upcoming Jamboree will be in July, 2017.
The Denver Area Council will be sending two Crews in 2017, and they are looking for interested parties.
Here is an informational flyer.
Contact information for Crew Advisors:
Scott Markowitz and Kathy Hodak
Ken Kinnard and Collette Kinnard
Save the Date For These Fun, Upcoming Activities and Events!
Venturers 3 Gun Fun Match - Saturday, Septmeber 24, 2016
This match will be set up just like many NRA sponsored 3 gun matches. You will get to use the pistols, rifles and shotguns provided by DAC Shooting Sports. More information to follow.
Venturing Shooting Sports Weekend at the Timberline District Camporee - September 30 thru October 2, 2016
This event will be held at Ben Lomond Gun Club. The cost is approximately $35.00 per person. There will be a Pistol Safety Training (required for pistol shooting) at 8:00 p.m. on September 30. More information to follow.
Snow Snake Rendezvous - January 6-8, 2017
The Snow Snake Rendezvous is the annual Venturing winter campout. Snow Snake is planned and programmed by youth members and is typically held at Peacefalley Scout Ranch. There are games, movies, shooting sports (weather permitting), training, and so much more!
Venturing Committee Meetings - Both Adults and Youth Are Invited
The Venturing Program Committee meets once a month to discuss how to provide leadership and service to the Venturing Program by supporting and providing program for youth. All Venturing adults and youth are welcome to attend. Pizza is ordered - $5.00 per person. Contact Scott Elzas for more information about the conference call 'phone bridge'.
Here is the 2016 Committee Meeting schedule (please add these dates to your calendar):
August 17 - begins at 6:30 p.m. (This is the Awards Ceremony/Potluck and will be held at Colorado Adventure Point. Bring a dish to share - beverages are on your own.)
September 21 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
October 19 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
November 16 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Denver 1 Police Station
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Want to keep up with DAC Venturing? Here are a few ways to stay in touch with updates in between newsletters:
Venturing Times (Newsletter)
The Venturing Times is a quarterly newsletter designed to bring you up to speed on everything Venturing including stories or information on Venturing activities, program, training, etc. If you have any comments or questions regarding the newsletter, please email Becky Elzas.
Training opportunities, dates and times can be found on our Training Page.
You can view a short video, What Did YOU Do This Weekend? (give it a moment to load)
For monthly meetings and Roundtables, see our Calendar
Does a youth member of your crew need financial assistance to attend the 2013 Jamboree, &X-Games, Snow Snake Rendezvous or another Venturing activity? There are a limited number of funds available in the John Kullman Scholarship - a scholarship fund set up to help Venturers make it to camping activities. Contact Dave Whitner for more information.
Want to see what's happening in Venturing? See our photo albums