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Venturing in Berkeley Heights

Bill Schulz

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • 6:04pm

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - What did you do last weekend?  Venturing is coming to Berkeley Heights.  The VFW Post 6259 is proud to sponsor a new Venture Crew open to the young adults of Berkeley Heights and Mountainside. 

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing provides the skills needed for young adults to make ethical choices, experience a fun program full of adventure and challenges, acquire leadership skills, and to take advantage of opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge.

Venturing gives young adults challenging, exciting adventures like scuba diving, cycling tours, climbing, and rappelling, and hobbies such as shooting sports, service projects and community service, living history, video gaming, and golfing and much more.

Venturing impacts nearly a quarter million youth every year and about one-third of Venturers are young women. Focus areas of the Venturing program include the outdoors, high adventure, arts and hobbies, sports, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)

The seven leadership methods of Venturing- leadership, group activities, adult association, recognition, Scouting ideals, high adventure and sports, and teaching others, prepares teens to become responsible, caring adults.    

Venturing is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. This affiliation allows Venture Crews to visit BSA's camps and high adventure bases across the United States. Activities on these bases include, kayaking, canoeing, zip lining, backpacking expeditions and more.

Come to our Venture Crew orientation meeting at the VFW Post located at 15 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights  Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 pm to find out more about the program and what is involved to become a member.   Maybe next time someone asks you “what did you do last weekend?” you can tell them about the exciting fun and adventures you experience as part of the crew.  Feel free to contact the unit organizer at billschulz77@gmail.com with any questions.  See you on the 20th at 7:30.   Adult volunteers are also always needed.

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