My Troop may be an exception to the activity of the older boys involved in a Troop and Crew. Being in both units has not affected their activities both after school and Scouting wise. To be quite honest, being in both units has kept them focused. I have two girls that have completed their Gold Awards in the GSUSA. My Scouts are all working on becoming Eagle Scouts. I just don't see why people are so upset about Venturing.
Looking at the requirements, completing one of the Venturing Bronze awards is quite harder than doing a merit badge. Each Venturer has specific tasks they have to complete. I am pasting the link to the Venturing Advancement Requirements so you can read them easily. http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Ve ... onze_Award
One example for each of the elective requirements for the Outdoor Bronze award is what my first crew called "THE SHOW AND TELL" requirements. If a Venturer wants to complete an elective and earn the Outdoor Bronze Award, he or she must demonstrate the skill to another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group
. I believe that the other Bronze awards have a "Show and Tell" requirement. I have personally seen a Venturer get in front of her crew and do a "Show and Tell" requirement for her Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award. The Venturer I am directly referencing to was very shy and unsure of herself. After some encouragement from her friends, she was able to get in front of larger groups and teach. This helped this person become a better speaker and have more self-confidence in front of groups.
The thing I am starting to see is what I shall call closed minds. If you do not like the program that is fine. You do not have to. Stay active in the program area that you are in, but do not discourage a kid from going to Venturing. Here is a scary thought, the kid might like Venturing. The only thing I will ask is to read about the program, go to a Venture Super Activity, Area/Regional/National Event, and take the training. Then make your decision. I have been completely surprised by what the Venturers have come up with, ie, Edinboro Crew 1 Gettysburg trip and the 2008 Area IV Venture Quest at Camp Bucoco, PA.
Venturing has a myth about stealing boys from the Troops. Who cares if it does?
At least the boys that go to Venturing are still part of the Scouting Movement. Here is some food for thought. What about the boy or girl that has never had an outdoor experience? What about the kid who was never in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire or Boy Scouts and decided he or she might give Venturing a try? Have you ever thought about that?
After thinking about this, I had to go and find the mission and vision statement of the Boy Scouts of America. I am going to repost them so you don't have to "google" them. They are as follows:Mission & Vision Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people
to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law
A Scout is:
Reverent Vision Statement
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth
in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
Notice in the mission statement it says young people
and eliglible youth
. Are we meeting the mission statement by completely ignoring the 14-20 year old age group? Just a thought.
Last thing before I go. koholintscout
, I see that your signature line says USMA Class of 2010. I am guessing that you are a Cadet at West Point. I can appreciate that you folks are busy with academics and athletics and want to thank you for your service. One thing that has peaked my curiousity is that you folks at West Point do not have a Venture Crew (did not see one according to the website). That could be a blast for you. Think about it.