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  1. RELAX it was just a joke. I know that exec's are way under paid. My Vision about the future of Venturing is that there will be more Venturing Crews than Boy Scout Troops. And I will volunteer my time to make my Vision happen. If I was to be paid for it. It would be any fun. I am the Advisor for a Crew with 19 youth members and 15 Adults, growing every month. Est. Aug. 2000 If you enjoy your career. You are better off than most people. Don't take what hecklers say to you at heart. Most are just jealous. You couldn't pay me enough to put up with all the politics that professionals have
  2. What I would consider the extra mile is if the professional scouters contributed 100% of thier wage to FOS. Now that would be an extra mile. LOL In my opinion Councils need to have a professional in charge of Venturing not just put more work on the DE's. The Venturing program is growing in leaps and bounds, what was it something like a 50% gain in Crews in one year. If councils want more youth Venturing is the way to keep older scouts and get more of thier friends and female friends involved Well worth the effort Advisor Jim
  3. In my opinion professional scouters are way under paid for the service they provide. From my experiance they put in way more time than 40 hours a week. And for that I give you a big "THANK YOU" All I ask is that professional scouters put the Venturing Program on the front burner instead of the back. Venturing is an awesome program for the youth. Well worth the effort that is put into the program. Venturing is not to be considered as something after Eagle it should be considered as an alternative program in order to work towards Eagle and other more adventuresome Awards Just my
  4. After 32 years of collecting lots of different things, I have finally figured out my calling, Venturing it is. So I am looking for Venturing Powderhorn Event patches. or any other Venturing patches- event or CSP's If you want to trade for them let me know what you need. I might have it or let me know what you want for your item. Advisor Jim
  5. We established our Venturing crew in Aug.,2000 things I have learned, do not use the same committee as your troop do not have meetings on the same night do not use troop eqipment treat your Venturing Crew as a seperate unit from the troop do not use Troop leadership for Crew leadership. but keep in contact and do things with the troop if they want you to. this way you do not have conflicts of interests. this is my opinion, we tried it the other way and found out it just doesn't work Jim
  6. To all you complainers about the B.S.A. uniforms. Start a Venturing Crew and you can choose your own uniforms for the Crew. It will solve all of your uniforming problems!!! Jim
  7. Went to Mt. Baker Council's Powderhorn Course in August 2003. It was an awesome experiance. Mt Baker Council is located in Washington State. Powderhorn is a High Adventure Skills Resource Management Course. In other words it is Ranger Award Based High Adventure Vacation. Have fun!!! Highly recommend every scouting adult to go to a Powderhorn Course. If you get the chance to go to Mt. Baker Council's course, go for it. I traveled from Wisconsin to Washington to attend this awesome course. Well worth the trip. Jim
  8. What is the Order of the Arrow's official standing on wearing a sash with the Venturing uniform? I know alot of people have opinions on this subject, but what does the OA have to say about it?
  9. You can wear your Eagle Rank Badge on the Official Venturing Uniform until your 21st birthday. If you do not believe me look in the Venturing Handbook.
  10. Ages 14-20, We have an awesome group of youths that work very well with each other. We are always looking for new members if anyone is interested Jim
  11. We are a COED crew of 5 female and 7 male youth and 15 adults male and female, Some of our outings include Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior, Backpacking in the Porkies, PADI Scuba Certifications, Wreck diving in the Great Lakes Gun Deer hunting in Wisconsin, Grouse hunting, Walleye fishing on the Winnebago system,Ice fishing, Video game weekend, Laser tag, Sporting Clays outing, Weeklong treks up at Hanna Venture Base in Rhinelander Wisconsin. One meeting a month is a fun meeting where we do different things like bowling, mini golf, march in parades, movie night, you have to make it "FUN"
  12. In the Insignia guide 2002-2004 it says Scout or Scouter, sash worn over right shoulder, under epaulet of tan shirt. Venturer's cannot wear tan shirts so that would mean they can't wear a sash? Jim
  13. My question is Can the O.A. sash be worn with the Official Preferred but not Required Venturing Uniform
  14. In Venturing the Silver Award is a higher award than the Gold Award. Venturing also has the Five different Bronze Awards,Ranger Award, Quartermaster, and Quest Awards Whoever reaches the top award in their organization is to be proud of their accomplishment. If others do not know what it takes to get this award tell them about it. In Venturing the only non B.S.A. awards you can wear are religious awards. Female youth that earn the Gold Award in Girl Scouts cannot wear it on the Official prefferred but not required Venturing Uniform Jim
  15. I am looking for participants from the Nicolet Area Council provisional troop 6211- we went to Moraine St. Park, Pennsylvania
  16. On my Venturing Uniform I still wear my Region 7 Canoe Base "temporary" patch and my 1973 National Jamboree Patch. All I can say is wear your old patches with pride. OA flap, Pay your dues to the lodge you are currently with and wear it's flap. See you on the Trail Jim
  17. We all need to read and follow the B.S.A. rules. I advise a Venturing Crew, our trips cost alot of money but we manage to make enough to help out with costs of trips with our fund raisers. my personal opinion is that your CO is still chartered by national so they would have to follow B.S.A. rules. Just have them give you a cash donation Jim Advisor Venturing Crew 80
  18. I think there really isn't too many racists out there. there are probably more culturists out there. What i mean is that peoples of a certain race are of different cultures that others do not like. but there are peoples of all races in these different cultures. Take the black gangland-white thing is it really racism or culturism?
  19. I just became the Venturing Roundtable Commissioner for our district. I was on Venturing Roundtable Staff for Council last year. I want to involve the Venturing youth in roundtables does anybody have any ideas that they have done to make roundtables more exciting. We had cavers come in, EMT's taught how to use personal defibulators, olympic bicicylist teach us biking, Need some ideas. We only have 5 Venturing Crews in our district, Would like ideas from adults and youth. Without youth input how do we know what they want? Jim Advisor Crew 80
  20. I bought a Princeton Tec Aurora LED headlamp about 2 years ago. Everybody I show it to says that is an awesome light. I now have 2 one for Venturing and one for the boat for night fishing. Bought my wife one,my brotherinlaw, my father, awesome gifts for people!! If you look around you can get these lightweight headlamps for under $20 Cheap gifts that are well liked by all that recieve them. Work awesome around the house or whenever you need a light some place but you don't have 3 hands. I highly recommend this item to all Jim Advisor Vent
  21. The issue really isn't about gays, the real issue here is C.O.L. Council going against the rules and policies that our National Council and the Supreme Court has set forth for us to abide by. If the supreme court said the B.S.A. has to let gays in we wouldn't be having this discussion. My question is how is letting gays in our organization going to help the majority of the youth in the U.S.A.? Do the gay people want to be accepted into our organization just like everybody else or do they want to be included and still have to be recognized as gay. come on all I want is that "all" councils abid
  22. If you really need to know what the situation in that council is just ask the scout executive E-mail wdwyer@colbsa.org
  23. The way I see it, is that if the homosexuals can get the B.S.A. to change it's mind on it's policies about this issue. The rest of the country will be easy for them to get thier point across, Why does the majority of the people in this country have to bow down to the minority? What happened to us as a country? The moral majority should demand our rights. Not give in to a small percentage of people. We have rights also. National should revoke thier charter. They are not following our rules!!!!!!!!!!. What if we didn't follow rules, there would be chaos. Should I be able to become an Eagle Sco
  24. Venturing Crew 80 COED Gander Mountain Charter Germantown WI. is going to Hanna Venture Base in Rhinelander WI. For basic SCUBA certification and open water certification and Ship Wreck diving on one of the great lakes We also go for the Week of gun deer hunting in WI. next year we plan on going to Alaska!!! Anybody want to join!!! Jim
  25. For 14 year olds to 20 year olds there is an awesome program out there called VENTURING!!!!!!! COED,FUN,Be with older youth, be in control, adults act as shadow leaders to keep them inline the youth run the program,almost all aspects of Venturing, The way the troops can use Venturers to thier benifit is the Venturing youth have to teach what they learn to earn awards. Venturing should not be looked at as something to do after Boy Scouts but as something they can do along with Boy Scouting In a Crew the youth choose the uniform they want to wear. So why would they be emberassed to wear
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