What is Venturing?
- Venturing is the young adult division of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14-20 (who have completed the eighth grade).
- The purpose of Venturing is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
- The Venturing program has been tailored to help religious youth groups achieve their aims and purposes by providing leadership training, outdoor and high-adventure activity, program ideas, recognition for the youth, audiovisuals, literature, and insurance.
- A Venturing program is owned by the religious organization. The religious organization selects and approves adult leadership. The religious organization uses elements of the Venturing program to help achieve its specific aims and purposes related to young adults.
A Year in the Life of a Venturer
The Boy Scouts of America recently invited the Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. organization to conduct a poll to scientifically answer the question, "What is it about the BSA programs that leads to positive outcomes?"
The poll identified Six Critical Elements of Healthy Youth Development. The poll results as they relate to high school-age youth (Venturers) are as follows:
- Strong personal values and character
79 percent of Venturers polled said Venturing gave them opportunities to practice ethical decision making.
- A positive sense of self-worth and usefulness
89 percent of Venturers agreed that being a Venturer has taught them to have more confidence in themselves and their abilities.
89 percent agreed with the statement, "The activities in Venturing help you prepare for the future."
- Caring, nurturing relationship with parents, other adults, and peers
91 percent of Venturers agreed that they can talk to their Advisors about important issues.
96 percent agreed that they have made new friends in Venturing.
- A desire to learn
65 percent of Venturers agreed that Venturing gives them a chance to do things and go places that they would not otherwise experience.
- Productive/creative use of time
56 percent of Venturers agreed that during a typical three-month period, they participated in a service project.
- Social adeptness
92 percent agreed with the statements, "You learned to get along with people who are different from yourself," and, "You learned something about how to be a team player and work in a group."
- 87 percent participate in a group vote or decision.
- 83 percent resolve conflicts with peers.
- 68 percent participated in a Venturing outdoor activity.
- 42 percent have talked with professionals or experts in a specialized field.
- 41 percent have learned about a potential career field.