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Venturing Changes Are Coming


Because of declining numbers and low engagement in the current Venturing recogni- tion program, the BSA has decided to remake the program. Bob Scott, senior innovation manager, talked about the whys and hows behind the changes. “The impetus for change was driven first


by a goal in the strategic plan,” Scott says. “We’ve assessed our programs and changed them to make them more dynamic and useful to today’s families. At the BSA, we use advancement and recognition as an indicator of program quality in Journey to Excellence, so if the participants aren’t engaging in the rec- ognition program, we have to ask whether the program quality is as good as it could be.”


A task force made a number of recom- mendations last year, including:


 The creation of a NATIONAL VENTURING COMMITTEE led by a national chair, who is an adult volunteer, and the national Venturing president, a youth member. The primary purpose of the committee, Scott says, will be growing program size and quality.


 Totally REDESIGNING THE RECOGNITION AND ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM for Venturing. “The redesign is driven in almost equal parts by what we know youth in this age group want in an extracurricular activity, and what those youth say they are concerned about as it relates to their future,” Scott says.


Venturing is being redesigned along four


subject areas: adventure, leadership, service to others and personal development. In addition, the task force wanted to


make the recognition system simpler and more attractive to teens. That means the Bronze, Gold and Silver awards will be phased out, replaced this May by four new awards (names to be determined). Venturers may work on both the current and new awards through 2014. Beginning in 2015, the current awards will be retired. However, the Ranger, TRUST and Quest awards will be maintained. For more details on the changes and the


dates when the new awards will be phased in, go to scouting.org/venturing and click on “Venturing Program Announcement” under “What’s New.”


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