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.
Summit Awards - Who in your Crew has received this Award? We want to give them the recognition they deserve!!
Attention: Crew Advisors and Crew Committee Chairman
The Denver Area Council Venturing Committee desires to honor the Venturing youth members who have achieved the Summit Award in 2016. We wish to recognize the Summit recipients at this years Eagle Scout Banquet on March 3.
In order to recognize the Summit recipients, we need to gather a list, then we can add the names can to the program. By January 31, please send in the names of any 2016 Summit Award recipients to the Venturing Staff Advisor, Dave Whitner and the Venturing Advancement Chairman, Rick Baldessari.
Venturing Absurdly Formal Adventure Ball is scheduled for Friday, April 7th, 2017
Tuxedos, Rock Climbing, Ball Gowns, and Guns. What Venturing Scout could ask for more?
The Absurdly Formal Adventure Ball is a formal dance, like homecoming or prom, but also includes open times for climbing, archery, air pistols, welding, slack lining, campfires, indoor/outdoor gaga ball, and awesomeness, making this event unlike any other homecoming or prom you've ever been to!
Dancing in the gun range will start at approximately 10:00 p.m. The event ends at midnight.
Sign in begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner and activities begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Colorado Adventure Point. Cost is $20.00 per person.
All Venturers are encouraged to bring their non-Venturing friends, to introduce them to why you wear that Awesome Green Venturing Shirt!
You can register on the Denver Area Council Calendar. Download the flyer to share!
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.
The VOA meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Scout Headquarters.
Questions? Contact Venturing Officer Association Advisor Dean Stephens, 303.564.2086.
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.
Denver Venturing is Going to the Summit! Join a Crew!
The National Scout Jamboree has been around since 1937. It is a 10 day gathering 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:
Save the Date For These Fun, Upcoming Activities, and Events!
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 Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. There are games, movies, shooting sports (weather permitting), training, and so much more!
Registration is now open!
Download the Leaders' Guide!
Awards Ceremony Scheduled!
The Annual Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Snow Snake Rendezvous - January 7, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. We will honor all Venturing youth and adults who have earned any awards – Venturing Leadership Award, District Award of Merit, The Discovery Award, The Pathfinder Award, The Summit or Quartermaster Awards, and any other Scouting Awards earned. Download the flyer!
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 2017 Committee Meeting schedule (please add these dates to your calendar):
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 2017 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