Start a Crew

Have an idea for a brand new crew? There aren’t any crews close to you? Not finding what you want? Organizing a Venturing crew is easy to do! Just follow these steps:

Step 1- Get Your Minimums
  • A crew needs at least 5 youth members that have common interests.
    • 3 must be primarily registered in the new crew, however 2 may be multiplied from another unit.
  • There must also be 4 adult members willing to fill the following positions:
    • The main positions are called the Key 3: Chartered Organization Representative, Crew Advisor, and Committee Chair.
    • All adults, as well as youth over 18, must complete Youth Protection Training. Adult advisors must complete Leader Specific Training. Additional adult support can be added later.
Step 2- Chartered Organizations

Find an organization to sponsor you as your Chartered Organization. This is often a church, local business, Kiwanis, or other group.

Step 3- Council Contact

Contact your District Executive (DE) at your council office, who will be your BSA contact.

Step 4- Lead the Adventure!

Once the paperwork is processed and training is complete, your adventure can begin!

For additional information and support on organizing a new Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship go to