To qualify for some "Honor Troop" award at Camp Thunder, we had to listen to a Venturing sales pitch. The guy arrived ten minutes late and talked about all the fun things our Scouts could do after they turned 14.
It did not make much of an impression. Except for the promise of pistol shooting and sky diving, our Boy Scouts already do all the traditional Boy Scout stuff he offered.
However, when two of our older Scouts returned after hearing the Venturing pitches all summer long (while staffing the waterfront at Camp Woodruff), they made a presentation to the Troop telling them about how cool it would be to start a Venturing Crew.
Given our available adults with outdoor skills, our High Adventure will likely follow the older Scouts out of the Troop.
So far the Committee is excited about this boy-led initiative. The working wisdom is that "It will give the younger Scouts something to look forward to."
The Fun Begins at 14!
My question is: Was there a coordinated national push to pitch Venturing to Boy Scout Troops at BSA summer camps this year?
Or was this just an isolated coincidence?
Yours at 300 feet,