VSP 199A - offered Saturday Sessions 1-7
Venturers 1st Year Leadership track (for Youth) (All 7 sessions)
Facilitated by officers and members of the Council Venturing Officers’ Association, the
Bachelor’s in Venturing Leadership is the first formal opportunity for youth to participate in the
University of Scouting program.  Participants spend the whole day together in their own unique
sequence of classes emphasizing skills to help them be better Venturing Crew officers, members,
and leaders, and completing advancement training requirements
Highlights from the curriculum are:

How to plan a program at the crew and district levels, including how to choose a program,
identifying and implementing a theme, selecting a location and managing logistics, basic
budgeting, and promotion.  Practical exercises with guided feedback are a key component of
these segments.
The Venturing Officer’s Association, including opportunities for involvement at the district,
council, area, regional, and national levels.

Leadership Opportunities Outside the Crew.
VSP 399B -  offered Saturday Sessions 1-2 and 5-6 (all 4 Sessions must be taken)
Venturers 2nd Year Leadership track (for Youth) (Sessions 1-2, & 5-6)
For youth who have completed the Venturers 1st Year Leadership track, the Venturers 2nd Year
Leadership track offers advanced curriculum to enable them to support their Crews’ programs.
The focus is on preparation for the Pathfinder and Summit Ranks. Topics covered include Crew
administration, advanced training, personal development, and advanced program planning. This
course is facilitated by officers and members of the Council Venturing Officers’ Association.
Venturers age 18 or older may also take this track without having completed the Venturers 1st
Year Leadership track.
Adult Course Descriptions—Venturing Bachelor’s (100) Level

Note: Any (7) course credit hours are the Bachelor level in Venturing Program,

any (7) additional course credit hours constitute the Master level in Venturing Program.

VSP 101A/CED 220 - offered Saturday Session 1
Here’s Venturing
Introduction to the mission of Venturing, its aims & methods, and unique place in the Boy Scouts of America.  Youth-led aspects of the program are emphasized, including District and Council Venturing Officers’ Associations.  This course is valuable for all Scouters who wish to learn more about the Venturing program. 
VSP 102A - offered Saturday Sessions 2-3
Venturing Leadership and Organization (2 sessions)
Detailed overview of Venturing’s organizational structure and the roles of youth and adult leadership positions.  The focus is on Crew-level organization, including the role of the Chartered Organization and how to select and retain adult leaders.  
VSP 106 - offered Saturday Session 4
Venturing Youth Leadership Development
Provides a basic understanding of the characteristics of Venturing-age youth.  Explains the components of an effective Youth Leadership Development Program and the critical role of the Crew Advisor in youth leadership development.  Describes youth leadership training programs (including Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews) and opportunities at the unit, council, regional, and national levels.
VSP 107A - offered Saturday Sessions 5-6
Crew Program Planning (2 sessions)
The essential knowledge for adults serving as mentors for youth during the annual program planning process, Crew Advisors, or mentors to youth activity chairs.  Topics covered include Advisor responsibilities, recognition in the Venturing program (with an emphasis on the new awards program), and how to plan the Crew’s annual program.  
VSP 110
Venturing Leaders’ Panel - offered Saturday Session 7
A directed Q&A with youth and adult Venturing leaders in the Council.  Youth members of the Venturing Officers’ Association and experienced Venturing Advisors will share helpful tips and best practices.  Questions from the audience are welcome and discussion is encouraged.  Adults who are new to Venturing, or who are interested in learning more about the Venturing program, are encouraged to attend.
Adult Course Descriptions—Venturing Master’s (300) Level
VSP 313 / SBP 313 / CED 313 offered Saturday Session 3
Presenting the Kodiak Challenge
New for 2022! This session focuses on organizing and presenting the Kodiak Challenge at the unit level.  The Kodiak Challenge is a unit run leadership class that follow ILSC/ILST.  Designed to improve unit’s leadership skills while on a dynamic, multiday week long adventure.  This course will provide valuable information to will enable Units (Crews, Troops, and Ships) to deliver this content to their youth, and will incorporate updates from ILSC that were released by recently by National.
VSP 316 - offered Saturday Session 1
Conducting Leadership Skills for Crews
Conducted at the Crew level, Leadership Skills for Crews (LSC) is the first step in the training continuum for Venturing youth leaders.  Ideally, the course is run annually for the Crew by senior youth who have previously taken the course, although in Crews with less experience it is often run by the adult Advisors.  This class will educate Venturing leaders on how to implement the syllabus and establish youth-led training as an integral part of the Crew’s annual program. This course will be taught in conjunction with part of the Venturing Youth Master’s Track, will incorporate updates from ILSC that were released by National on Dec 3.
VSP 320A/CED 224A - offered Saturday Session 2
Social Media and Virtual Programming: Effective Use and Guidelines
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr…) are very popular among today’s youth and are a very powerful means of communication.  Zoom, discord, and other virtual platforms have become vital for day to day life and crew meetings/programs. The purpose of this class is three-fold: to give crew advisors background on how to tap into social media as a resource for engaging with the youth in their crews, to inform them of how to do so in a responsible way, and give them a solid understanding of how to best use virtual programming.  BSA policies regarding social media, online safety, and youth protection will be emphasized.  
VSP 324 - offered Saturday Session 4
Incorporating Advancement into Your Crew’s Program
Most Crews don’t think about advancement as a regular pat of their program, but advancement is important to recognize achievement.  An experiences Venturing Advisor will discuss ideas for how to incorporate advancement into your Crew’s regular program.
VSP 326 / SBP 326 - offered Saturday Session 5
Service Opportunities in Venturing
Service is an important component of all Scouting programs and an excellent opportunity for youth to develop their leadership skills.  Regular service opportunities are especially important now that a large-scale service project is required for the Summit Award.  This session will focus on service opportunities that are available for Venturers of all abilities and how integrate service as part of your Crew’s regular program.
VSP 327A offered Saturday Session 6
Mentoring in Venturing
The Venturing program has its own challenges when it comes to advising and mentoring youth.  Working with teenagers in a co-ed environment can be difficult, yet rewarding.  As adult leaders it can be hard to navigate when to step in and when to step back. In this session you will learn effective techniques for how to mentor the youth in your crew.
CED 274 offered Saturday Session 5  
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Senior Youth Programs
New for 2020: Diversity can be found throughout the scouting program. This course provides a basic understanding of DEI as it relates to the characteristics of older-aged youth and their families. Explains concepts like religion, race, ability, gender, sexual orientation and diverse families.

This page updated 04/25/2022

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