Venture Into Excitement
As a Venturer Scout you could find yourself camping above the snow line, exploring the underwater reefs, riding the wind in a high-performance land yacht, earning your pilot’s licence, investigating a career in astro-physics, editing you own film, making a sculpture or climbing a sheer rock face. Venturers have the courage and confidence to say, try and do. You are given opportunities to experience the excitement of living and the training to develop into a capable and self-reliant individual.
Venture Into Self Reliance
The action and adventure a Venturer experiences doesn’t just develop your physical skills. It also prepares you to meet challenges, to deal with new situations, and to gain independence. YOU WORK ALONGSIDE ADULTS, RATHER THAN BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO BY THEM, and you draw on their experiences and contacts to get the best out of your programme that you design to suit your needs. You belong to a group of young people your own age, about 15 of you in a Unit You run your own affairs through a Unit Council. You speak out for your own viewpoint and share the decisions, help make the plans and follow them through.
Venture Into New Friendships!
Meeting new people can make you wary, even a little intimidated at times, but at Venturers everyone is friendly and enthusiastic about welcoming a new Venturer. There are dances, hikes, barbecues, service projects and camps to give you the chance to get to know each other. You’ll share the good times – and the tough times – and share the work dedication and fun that it takes to be a Venturer Scout.
Venture Into Careers!
You may have already chosen a career path, but if not it can be very confusing deciding which path to follow. At Venturers, we open your eyes to possibilities you may not have thought of by introducing you not only to new skills but to professionals and tradesmen who can show and tell you first-hand what their jobs are like. Your programme may include visits to factories, laboratories and other places where you can see the workforce in action and make up your own mind.
Venture Into Creativity!
As well as the many outdoor activities offered to Venturers, there are many other ways of expressing yourself and developing your creativity. You can learn the guitar, put on stage plays, paint and write, go to the theatre, make films, take and develop your own photographs and express your thoughts and feelings on all kinds of issues.
Venture Into Your Community!
A lot goes on in your community, a lot that many adults still have no awareness of. Venturers informs you and shows you what you can do to make a positive contribution to the community you live in. Your programme may include learning politics so you can use your vote (when you turn 18) effectively, or environmental issues that concern your future, and you’ll work on community projects that care for the elderly or the handicapped. It’s a satisfying feeling to know that you can be an intelligent and useful contributor, and you can be proud of yourself for making the effort.
Venture Into Awards
Awards are not given simply as token gestures but are EARNED BY YOU for striving and making REAL ACHIEVEMENTS. There are two parts to the Award Scheme. The main part is the general activity that leads from Venturing Skills Award to the Queens Scout Award. The other part is the Major Interest Award that is intended for the Venturer Scout who is heavily involved in a particular sport or activity. First up the Venturer Scout will need to gain the Venturing Skills certificate and badge. A sponsor will be appointed (either a Unit Council member or an experienced Venturer Scout) who will help the Venturer Scout acquire the basic skills which will allow him/her to enjoy and participate in the outdoor activities that form part of the Venturer Scout program and also explain the award scheme. Previous experience in Scouting can be used to obtain credits for the individual components of Venturing Skills, subject to Unit Council approval. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been in Scouting or Guiding before – you can still enjoy the fun and adventure of Venturing.
Join now! You can give it a trial before deciding whether you want to stay with it. Get in contact with the Hunter and Coastal Region Headquarters on 1300 858 464.