Venturing Program Changes
Elections for the Council Venturing Officers Association (CVOA) were held on Sunday, March 13th 2011. The newly elected CVOA officers are:
Council Venturing President: Gerry Souser
Venturing VP-Administration: Serena Heck
Venturing VP-Communications: Allen Millman
Venturing VP-Program Impact: Cody Evans
“The mission of the National Capital Area Council’s Venturing Officers’ Association is to provide youth leadership opportunities to promote and support our Venturing program.”
The National Capital Area Council’s Venturing Officers’ Association is an integral part of the NCAC volunteer structure.The full briefing given during the youth CVOA formation meeting is available here.
CVOA questions should be sent to Steve Wolf, Advisor
Venturing Age/Grade Eligibility Change
The National Executive Board recently approved a resolution to change the eligibility requirements for Venturing to ensure consistency among Venturing, high-adventure bases, and other core programs.
The current age and grade eligibility requirement for participation in the Venturing program is 14 years of age and completion of the eighth grade.
Effective May 1, 2010, the minimum age requirement will be changed to 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. The maximum age for participation remains under 21 years of age.
In support of this change, is a list of frequently asked questions posted here. This includes questions about Sea Scouts, advancement, changes to literature and forms, camp eligibility and Boy Scout numbers.
Teen Programs Committee
After much discussion and confusion, the adult Teen Programs Committee has been scrapped. This move is to better direct the efforts to grow Varsity Scouting, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Explorers under the more appropriate committees of Membership Impact and Learning for Life. Program Impact remains committed to helping all four of these youth teen programs grow, but putting yet another adult committee as a layer between the youth and the council is not the way to go nor does it assist the full implementation of each youth teen program as intended by National. In its essence, what this elimination of the proposed adult Teen Programs Committee means is:
1. There are no separate NCAC Varsity or Venturing Committees. All of their "normal" coordination functions will take place within the remaining three Program Impact sub-committees: Activities & Civic Service, Leadership Development, and Youth Advancement & Recognition. Each of these committees will need Varsity and Venturing conversant adults to take an active part in their deliberations and decisions.
2. Sea Scouts Ward Room will report directly to VP-Program Impact for the foreseeable future.
3. Explorers remain within the purview of Learning for Life.
4. Program Impact will do everything we can to assist the youth in creating/furthering their own Youth Council, Youth Officers' Association or whatever they need to make their program work. This effort will obviously require adult advisors/coaches to mentor the members of the Council/Association, but the emphasis is on the youth taking the lead and being responsible for their program and communications across the Council and up to Region.
5. We encourage all districts to actively involve their Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scout activities/events into the course of their "normal" operations through the previously mentioned committees.
Yes, there is still a lot to work out as we stop the transition to an adult Teen Programs Committee structure and re-establish a better-placed reliance on the youth doing what their program requires. However, this is the right move for our Council and, most importantly, for our Scouts.
All interested individuals (adults and youth alike) are invited to participate in the evolution to this new youth-oriented structure for Varsity, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.
If anyone has any questions about this decision, please do not hesitate to email or call me,
Scott Smith, at NCAC-VP-Program@comcast.net or 571-345-4697.
NEW MEDICAL FORM - (334605) This new form replaces both of the older medical forms. It will be required after January 1, 2011. Click here for more information on the new Annual Health and Medical Record
LOCAL TOUR PERMIT FOR TRIPS AND CAMPS UNDER 500 MILES Effective for tours on January 1, 2009, at least one adult must have completed Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather training. Hazardous Weather training is available online. If tour includes Wilderness or backcountry (must carry Wilderness Use Policy and follow principles of Leave No Trace Camping) Read new form for possibly other changes. and NCAC FAQ. New permit More information on ways to submit the new tour permit are here.
National Commissioner's Podcast
A Look at Sea Scouting - Summer 2008
Discussion of what commissioners should know about Sea Scouts18 minutes - Requires podcast software. Search the Internet for "podcast client" and download the appropriate software.
National Commissioner's Podcast
Quick Look at Venturing
Discussion of what commissioners should know about Venturing.
13 minutes - Requires podcast software Search the Internet for "podcast client" and download the appropriate software.
More National Commissioner podcasts.
New YOUTH Positions
Three new Crew leadership positions have been added: Crew Quartermaster, Crew Historian and Crew Guide. Patches: All 3 of these are currently available and in stock. You can place an order for these by calling Scoutstuff.org at 800-323-0732 Monday-Friday from AM until PM Eastern time or order through the NCAC Scout Shops.
Venturing Literature and Awards
The NOVA Scout Shop has on hand the 2006 printing of the Venturing Leaders Manuals (edition E) and the 2006 printing of the Venturer/Ranger Handbook (edition C). The NOVA Scout Shop also has all of the Venturing Awards in stock. Advancement forms submitted to the NOVA Scout Shop will be forwarded to the Council Office.
Centennial Quality Award
This email responds to questions posed by one of our Scouters on the new Quality Unit award. It addresses Venturing questions about "outdoor program participation" criteria and Venturing Advancement. More info on the Centennial Quality Award