You love exploring your passions, making new friends, and discovering the world. You’re always looking for an adventure… rappelling down a cliff, running an adventure race, designing a robot, kayaking into the sunset, exploring your faith, or volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is yours! Each activity provides an opportunity to shine and learn more about yourself and the world around you.
Venturing is a fun and exciting program offered by the Boy Scouts of America, open to young men and women ages 14-21. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. You’ll acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where your future takes you, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility — the list goes on!
The Venturing program aims to enable young adults to:
- Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
- Acquire skills in the area of their crew’s specialty.
- Become a skilled training and program resource for other youth groups.
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Learn to make ethical choices throughout their lives by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
- Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.
How will you Lead the Adventure?
About Crew 1345:
Crew 1345 is sponsored by The Burke Centre Conservancy, the same organization that charters Scouts BSA Boy’s Troop 1345 and Girl’s Troop 1345. We are located within the Patriot District of the National Capital Area Council.
We meet the first and third Thursday of each month, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Meetings are usually held at the Commons Community Center, located at 5701 Roberts Pkwy, Burke (adjacent to the VRE station). For more information, feel free to contact us at Crew1345Advisor@gmail.com. ****NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most meetings will take place online for the foreseeable future. Contact Crew1345Advisor@gmail.com for meeting info if you would like to drop in.****
Our Crew’s activities are designed to provide adventure and fun, while obtaining the skills needed to solve problems, gain self-discipline and self-reliance, respect other people and our environment, learn teamwork, and develop leadership. These activities include camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, sailing, rock climbing, shooting sports, and other high adventure activities.
The Crew members plan, schedule, and execute their own activities. They use the Venturing ALPS model as a guide to getting the most out of their experiences. ALPS is an acronym which outlines the four main areas of emphasis (Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, Service) to help the crew plan and carry out a fun and rewarding annual program.
Adventure is the key to Venturing, and developing outings with a sense of adventure is the key to the crew having fun and learning something new about themselves. As a Venturer, not only will you participate in outings and adventures, but you will also plan and lead them. What the adventure looks like is entirely up to you and the crew.
Leadership is the tool you will use as you help the crew plan its adventures. As a Venturer, you will learn to lead the crew through the adventures of their choice. Leadership in Venturing is not just a position— it is an action, captured in the Venturing motto, “Lead the Adventure”.
Personal Growth comes when you learn from your experiences as a Venturer. Conversations with crew members and your Advisor will help you appreciate what you have learned. Personal growth helps you identify and develop your talents and abilities so you can be prepared for life’s challenges and opportunities.
Service is the gift we give to others. It allows us to sustain our communities by identifying needs and targeting them. Venturing’s commitment to community service will allow your crew to develop a program full of opportunities to serve others— and to have fun while doing so!