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Reflecting on 20 Years of Venturing

Venturing was started in February of 1998 – that is 20 years of growth and development for our youth! You may have noticed some of the special patches and celebrations throughout this past year.

Venturing was able to celebrate together at Venturing Fest this past summer as the first-ever National Venturing Event at the Summit.

Over the past 20 years, Venturing’s awards and recognition, and advancement structure have undergone some significant revisions

  • Change from the structure of a Bronze Award, Gold Award, Silver Award to the new structure of Venturing Award, Discovery Award, Pathfinder Award, and Summit Award. More than 240 Venturers have earned the Summit Award since it replaced the Silver Award in 2014.
  • The program has changed to include the ALPS model (Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service) which allows Venturers to strengthen their character development in these focus areas.
  • Across the country, Venturing has created Venturing Officers Associations as entities to help grow and strengthen Venturing within their respective areas.
  • The Council Standards of Venturing Excellence Award (CSVE) which has been used to strengthen councils for years, will take on a new name in 2019. This will be known as the Venturing Journey to Excellence Award (VJTE).
  • Ninety six youth and 78 adults have been awarded the National Venturing Leadership Awards (National VLA) for outstanding contributions to the program which have helped to develop and improve the Venturing program as a whole.

Many memories have been created in the program. Take a moment to reflect on your favorite Venturing memory. Venturing will soon be turning 21 and many more great things will continue to come.

Before you know it, Venturing will be celebrating the next big milestone!

If you would like to find out more about the Venturing program in the Columbia-Montour Council, please contact either 

Salvatrice Nichols, CMC Venturing Chairperson, or 

Bonnie Shoemaker, CMC Venturing Officer's Association (VOA) Advisor.

Or, visit our Council's Venturing web page.

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