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Methods of the Venturing Program

The methods of Venturing have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of young adults.  These include:

  1. Leadership: all Venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills.  Elected crew officers lead a Venturing Crew.  The Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) is designed for all Venturers and helps to teach them in an active way to lead effectively.
  2. Group Activities: Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all.  Learning by ‘doing’ in a group setting provides opportunities for Venturers to develop new skills.
  3. Adult Association: the youth officers elected for each Crew leads the Crew.  The officers and activity chairs work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders in a spirit of partnership.  The adults serve in a ‘shadow’ leader capacity.
  4.  Recognition: recognition comes through the Venturing advancement program and through the acknowledgement of a youth’s competence and ability by peers and adults.
  5. The Ideals: Venturers are expected to know and live by the Venturing Oath and Code.  Through the ideals in the Venturing Oath and Code, Venturers promise to be faithful in their religious duties, treasure their American heritage, help others, and seek truth and fairness.
  6. High Adventure: Venturing’s emphasis on high adventure helps provide team-building opportunities, new meaningful experiences, practical leadership application, and lifelong memories to young adults.
  7. Teaching Others: all of the Venturing awards require Venturers to teach what they have learned to others.  When a Venturer teaches others what they have learned, they are better able to retain the skill or knowledge previously taught to them.  In addition to retaining the skill or knowledge previously taught to them, a Venturer who teaches others what they have learned gains confidence in their ability to speak and relate to others (an acquired skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives either in a hobby or in an occupation).