Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.
Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.
Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests. Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis:
- Developing a better understanding of America's social, economic, and governmental systems
- Encouraging a pride in our American heritage
- Developing leadership skills
- Preparing to give leadership and fulfill our responsibilities to American society and to the people of the world
- Improving mental, emotional, and physical fitness and an appreciation for sports
- Developing ethical decision-making skills
- Instilling stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts
- Developing skill in dealing with all people and encouraging a sense of family and community responsibility
- Developing a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness
- Understanding and appreciating the wise use of resources and the protection of our environment
- Encouraging the skill and desire to help others
- Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others
Young adults involved in Venturing will:
The methods of Venturing have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of young adults.
An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future. Venturing uses "ethical controversies" to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what is a risk and how it will affect others involved. Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution of an ethical controversy.
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Last Updated: April 8, 2011