Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
shortridge

Advice sought: Starting a Crew

Recommended Posts

I’m exploring the idea - very early stages - of starting a new Crew, with a focus on outdoor adventure, higher-level treks, and training / camp staff volunteering. My daughter is turning 14 this summer and has expressed an interest in joining. There are only 4-5 crews and one ship in our entire council, and the closest to us is 40 minutes away. 

Anyone who’s gone through the official Crew-founding process: What advice do y’all have? What are the challenges and pitfalls to avoid? Thanks in advance.

  • Upvote 1
  • Downvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good for you! If you take this path, it will be a wild ride.

Your #1 need will be adults willing to get training, at least one adult dedicated to promotions in your school, scouts (BSA, GS/USA, and other groups) willing to put in the extra effort to form a community of venturers.

If you are lucky, your council venturing officers association will be able to provide resources to help you.

I also found Woodbadge trained scouters to be helpful in terms of helping me and my youth network.

Are you already involved in a BSA unit? That will determine some of the other pitfalls you may face.

  • Like 1
  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, qwazse. The very idea is extremely intimidating. I think forming a Scouts BSA troop would be easier given the public understanding of the program, but Venturing is a new beast.

I was rather shocked to find so few crews in my council. And two of the ones I mentioned are camp staff crews that primarily exist on paper.

I’m a campmaster and a district committee member (brand new to the latter role). No current unit involvement.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, shortridge said:

Thanks, qwazse. The very idea is extremely intimidating. I think forming a Scouts BSA troop would be easier given the public understanding of the program, but Venturing is a new beast.

I was rather shocked to find so few crews in my council. And two of the ones I mentioned are camp staff crews that primarily exist on paper.

I’m a campmaster and a district committee member (brand new to the latter role). No current unit involvement.

So, you have your work cut out for you. Yes, public understanding is tough. Foks "get" troops.

But, the reality is that either way, you're breaking new ground in your community. Consider this strategy:

  • Is your daughter the youngest of a group of friends looking to master outdoor skills and staff  camps? Form a crew.
  • Is your daughter the oldest of a group of friends looking to master outdoor skills and learn patriotism and general life skills? Form a BSA4G troop.
  • Does your daughter not have friends, help her with a marketing plan.

Either way, it sounds like you should to look for a chartered organization who doesn't already field a troop. Yes you have your work cut out for you. So, your first step is to find friends who will help support you (muscle mainly, but guidance, and maybe even some $ would be nice). Get a buddy or three to go in with you on Venturing Leader Specific Training.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×