Venturing Resources

Table of Contents

Publications

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The National Venturing SOPs contain the minimum standards of recommendation for VOA operations at the national, region, area, council, and district tiers.

VOA Administration Guide

The VOA Administration Guide includes best practices, suggestions, and organizational concepts to help get a new council VOA off the ground.

Building Council VOAs (for Territory VOAs)

This guide contains information and resources to help territory VOAs support local councils in their efforts to start and maintain active and effective VOAs.

Branding & Marketing

Marketing Toolbox

The Venturing Marketing Toolbox contains helpful resources council and crews may need to recruit new members. They are intended for an individual crew member to hand flyers or brochures to prospective members.

Venturing PowerPoint Template

This template may be used for presentations, trainings, reports, and anywhere else a Venturing-branded PowerPoint template would be appropriate.

Venturing Terminology

The Venturing Terminology page details some of the specific terms and classifications used when discussing Venturing. In order to be a good advocate for the Venturing program, it’s important to know and use these terms correctly.

Crew Operations

Program Planning Resources

The Annual Program Planning page contains resources to help crews plan their calendars for the upcoming year, including the Program Capability Inventory form, Activity Interest Surveys, and tools for crew budgeting.

Suggested Crew Operating Procedures

These suggested operating procedures provide crews with a template for creating their own bylaws.

Training

ALPS Trainings

This page contains links to the facilitator guides for Personal Safety Awareness, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, Goal Setting and Time Management, Project Management, and Mentoring for Venturing Crews.

Kodiak Challenge

Kodiak Challenge Treks are centered around a challenging 5-day or two-3 day weekend trek. Kodiak teaches leadership skills in a fun way that is internalized by the participants.

Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a high-adventure resource-management course designed to educate adult and youth involved in the Venturing program about the Ranger Award.

Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training

The course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. This course is also available online at my.scouting.org.

Crew Committee Position-Specific Training

This course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience. This course is also available online at my.scouting.org.

Training Toolbox

The Venturing Training Toolbox contains supplementary trainings on a variety of topics. They are not required; rather, they are used to enhance the program and as a resource for developing knowledgeable, trained youth and adults.

Advancement & Awards

Rank Tracking Sheet

This spreadsheet provides a useful resource to help Venturers and crews track progress towards rank advancement.

Personal Growth Goals Worksheet

This document helps Venturers to work through the structured personal reflections required for the Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit ranks.

Ethical Controversies Vignettes

These activities can be used to discuss ethical standards and dilemmas that apply to the interest area of your Venturing crew. They can help Venturers working through the ethical controversy discussions in the Pathfinder and Summit ranks.

National VOA

NVOA Officer Application

Youth seeking to apply for office on the National VOA or a Territory VOA must complete and submit this application in accordance with the instructions on the application form.

NVOA Position Descriptions

This document provides a detailed explanation of the responsibilities and duties of youth officers serving on the NVOA.