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.
Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is now accepting applications
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.
The DAC VOA is now accepting applications for the following positions: VOA President; VOA Vice President of Program; VOA Vice President of Administration and VOA Vice President of Communication (Secretary). The VOA meetings are held on the second Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at Colorado Adventure Point. You will find the application here.
Questions? Contact Venturing Officer Association Advisor Scott Elzas, 303-868-2774.
New Procedures for Tracking Venturing Awards!
Rick Baldessari, new 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, 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 are Scheduled for August 12 - 14, 2016. Save the Date!!!
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! Individuals and Crews are welcome!
So get ready to have a fun-filled weekend with some close friends. Here is a flyer to share with your crew.
You can register here.
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 303-888-0047 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, August 6, 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):
May 18 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
June 15 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
July 20 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
August 17 - begins at 6:30 p.m.
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