Venture & Venturing
As there has been some confusion lately about the use of the terms
'Venture' and 'Venturing', let me see if I can clear things up.
Currently the BSA has two programs with very similiar names, the
"Venture program" and the "Venturing program". Because of these
similiar names, some scouters get them confused, which leads to more
confusion because others aren't clear which program is being
The "Venture program" is an optional in-troop program for Boy Scouts
Troops which has been around since 1989. In the program, older boys
(13 and up) are organized into a "Venture Patrol", under the
leadership of a "Venture Patrol Leader" and with an assigned Assistant
Scoutmaster ("Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture"). The boys are still
refered to as "Boy Scouts".
The "Venturing program" is the recent replacement of the Exploring
program (1998). It has all the non-career oriented units (Outdoors,
Sports, Arts & Hobbies, Youth Ministries, along with Sea Scouts) 'left
behind' when the rest of Exploring went to Learning for Life. It is a
co-ed program for 14-21 youth. Youth are called "Venturers",
organized into "Venturing Crews" with "Venturing Advisors".
Venture program: optional in-troop program for 13 & older Boy Scouts.
Boy Scout in Venture Patrol
Venture Patrol Leader
Venturing program: co-ed program for 14-21 youth
Venturing Advisor, Venturing Associate Advisor, etc.
Certain terms should NEVER be used: Venture Scout, Venture Crew,
Venturer Crew, Venture Advisor, etc. None of these are correct.
Hope this helps
Venturing Crew #1838