First Baptist Church, Akron, Ohio
Venturing is a youth development
program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14
through 20 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. Venturing's
purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature
and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew (groups of youth and responsible adults) by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens. Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.
What a Venturing crew does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of the adult and youth members- sail the Caribbean, produce a play, climb a mountain, teach disabled people to swim, or attend the Olympics. All these adventures and many more are being done today by venturing crews across the country. All that is needed are concerned adults who are willing to share a little bit of themselves with today's youth- tomorrow's leaders.
The Venturing Oath
As a venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.
Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis:
Develop a better understanding of America's social, economic, and governmental systems and encourage pride in our American heritage.
Provide for the opportunity for youth to learn and practice leadership skills and to experience increasing levels of leadership responsibilities.
Improve mental, emotional, and physical fitness and develop important skills that are needed for making ethical decisions.
Instill stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts. Develop skills in dealing with all people and encourage a sense of family and community responsibility.
Develop a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness. Understand and appreciate the wise use of natural resources and the protection of our environment.
Develop skills and the desire to help others. Provide the opportunity to gain respect for the basic rights of others.
The Venturing Code
As a Venturer, I believe that America's strength lies in out trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.
I will therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of humore in my own life.
I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.
I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventrue on the frontiers of our changing world.
The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to:
BE CLEAN IN MY OUTDOOR MANNERS
I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of myself and others. I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods and roadways.
BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE
I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only where they are appropriate. When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold-out. I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
BE CONSIDERATE IN THE OUTDOORS
I will treat public and private property with respect. I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same.