The Venture Patrol will support or enhance the Troop program by following the four goals of the Venturers.
The four goals for Venturers are:
1. Gain practical experience from knowledgeable people.
2. Engage in activities centered on leadership, service, social activities, fitness, the outdoors, and citizenship. The idea is to develop balance, to take responsibility and to become mentally, emotionally, and physically fit.
3. Experience and provide positive leadership, to set and follow examples and to learn by doing.
4. Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.
BSA Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
“Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.” —Scoutmaster Handbook
The Methods of Scouting
(1) Ideals (2) Patrol method (3) Advancement (4) Association with adults (5) Outdoors (6) Leadership development (7) Uniform (8) Personal growth
Ideals The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.
Patrol Method The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.
Advancement Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Associations With Adults Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.
Outdoors Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which Boy Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.
Leadership Development The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
Uniform The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
Personal Growth As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.
The Methods of Venturing
Though not an expressed method, a uniform is available and often worn
The Venture Strip
Scouts in the Venture Patrol will be presented with a Venture Strip as they become active.
The Venture Letter
The Venture Patrol letter is awarded to members of the Venture Patrol who participate in an "ultimate activity." Ultimate activities are high-adventure or sports activities that are preceded by training sessions.
Venture Patrol Activity Pins
Youth Venture Patrol Troop members who participate in a "ultimate activity" may earn a Venture Patrol letter. When the patrol participates in a Venture program featured ultimate activity (preceded with a series of training sessions), then an activity pin may be awarded at a Court of Honor.
Example Venture patrol pins are:
High-adventure program features Backpacking Canoe camping Caving Cycling Discovering Adventure Fishing Freestyle biking Frontiersman Mechanics Orienteering Rock climbing and rapelling Snow camping Survival Whitewater canoeing
Sports program features Basketball Bowling Cross-country skiing Roller hockey Shooting sports Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Triathlon Volleyball Waterskiing
Troop 174 meets every Friday, during the school year, 7:30 - 9:00pm, American Legion on Ball Park Rd. Dingmans Ferry, PA.