A new co-ed youth program affiliated with the Boy Scouts is recruiting and one of its members is singing its praises.
Ashley Lennon, Venturing Crew 202 president told the Daily Guide that she wants to recruit new members for the fairly new group. Ashley is currently the only girl in the group and is hoping for more to join.
The Daily Guide asked Ashley what the group is all about and she said, "Venture crew is about meeting new people, having fun, doing venturing awards, and going to places."
Cheryl Bohannan, the group's advisor, said that one of the things participants learn in the program is leadership skills and how to work together.
"Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all. The youth officers lead the crew. The officers and activity chairs work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders in a spirit of partnership. The adults serve in a “shadow” leader capacity. Venturer’s are expected to know and live the Venturing Oath and Code. They promise to be faithful in religious duties, treasure their American heritage, help others, and seek truth and fairness. Venturer’s are able to gear their experience to what they are interested in learning about. One part of the rank requirement is that they walk through the planning process for an event or exercise," Cheryl said.
The group schedules activities such as hiking, canoeing, camping, and other outdoor focused experiences. The youth are meant to lead the program and so planning and working together are an important part of what shapes each group's experience.
"Young adults learn skills in planning, organizing, and leading different events, trainings and activities. All of the venturing awards require Venture’s to teach what they have learned to others. The ability to be leaders to others and to build peer-to-peer relationships; and building confidence when working towards any goal. This Crew is run solely by the youth and are the primary leaders and work as a team to build programs, work to discover leadership strengths and what they want to focus on," Cheryl said.
The Daily Guide asked Ashley what kinds of things she feels she's learning as part of Venturing Crew and she said she was learning to lead, plan activities, be outdoors, build relationships and prepare for life.
"My best experience with the Crew 202 is talking about our crew meetings, going to places and having a great, amazing time on campouts and doing our adventure awards," Ashley said.
Ashley isn't the only one who finds the group rewarding, Cheryl said she found the youths' passion and excitement to be rewarding.
"They are excited and want to give back not only for Scouting but to their community where they are looking for service projects from the local community," Cheryl said.
According to Cheryl, youth can advance through the ranks of the group or they can just choose to attend activities such as some of the outings currently being discussed by the group like survival, camping at Wilson's Battlefield, attending Swift-base camp, back country hiking, and Venturing Leader Training.
All youth involved in the program can expect to learn skills, according to Cheryl. Some of those skills include planning, organizing, and leading.
"All of the venturing awards require Venture’s to teach what they have learned to others. The ability to be leaders to others and to build peer-to-peer relationships; and building confidence when working towards any goal. This Crew is run solely by the youth and are the primary leaders and work as a team to build programs, work to discover leadership strengths and what they want to focus on," Cheryl said.
Venturing is open to youth, both male and female, ages 13 through 20, but they must have completed 8th grade. A year's registration costs $33. Some activities have additional fees. Venture Crew 202 meets monthly for planning at Waynesville United Methodist Church.
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