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Venturing in Northeastern Pennsylvania

What Is Venturing?

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, to grow, to develop leadership skills, and to become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests. Venturing programs are developed around six experience areas of emphasis: Citizenship; Leadership; Fitness; Social; Outdoor; Service.

Membership

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's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

The Purposes of Venturing

Young adults involved in Venturing will:

  • Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values in the Venturing Oath and Code
  • Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure
  • Become a skilled training and program resource for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other groups
  • Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, youth ministries, or Sea Scouting
  • Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles
  • Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.

Personal Growth

The methods of Venturing have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of young adults and help them grow into adulthood with confidence and fully developed interpersonal skills that can help them throughout their lifetime. These methods are:

  • Voluntary association between youth and adults. Because Venturing is voluntary, youth are receptive to new ideas, experiences, and relationships. For the youth members, these relationships provide a connection to new ways of thinking and acting, and a new identity as a responsible young adult.
  • Ethical decision-making. By asking young people to be responsible for themselves, for a program of positive activities and experiences, and for other people, Venturing provides numerous opportunities for making decisions and ethical choices. With the influence of positive adult role models and structured activities, youth learn to make effective and ethical decisions.
  • Group activities. Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all youth and adults.
  • Recognition of achievement. Recognition might come through the achievement of one of the many awards available to youth members, but peers and adults also achieve it through the acknowledgement of a young person's competence and abilities.
  • Democratic process. Venturing crews provide exposure to democratic ideas and skills that are needed throughout life.
  • Curiosity, exploration, and adventure. New experiences and Venturing activities provide an excellent opportunity for acquiring new skills and participating in action-oriented activities.

The Venturing Oath

As a Venturer,
I promise to do my duty to God
and help strengthen America,
to help others, and to seek truth, fairness,
and adventure in our world.

The Venturing Code

As a Venturer, I believe that America's strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people. I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.; I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to -

  • Be clean in my outdoor manners.
    I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
    I will take care of it for myself and others
    I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
  • Be careful with fire.
    I will prevent wildfire.
    I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
    When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
    I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
  • Be considerate in the outdoors.
    I will treat public and private property with respect.
    I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.

and

  • Be conservation minded
    I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
    I will urge others to do the same.

CLICK HERE to find a Venturing Crew near you!

WANTED: SUMMER CAMP STAFF
Consider spending the summer at Camp Acahela or Goose Pond in 2015 as a member of our great staff. Or, maybe you know someone who would make an ideal staff member, let us know! Camp staff applications for 2015 are available on the Council website or at the Service Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on having the summer of a lifetime.

 

News Media Coverage of the
Dan Beard Cabin Relocation Project

Boy's Life - August 2011

Boy's Life - August 2011

Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal - February 2011 - Page 65

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WNEP-TV 16

January 16, 2001 - Some Boy Scouts are trying to save a piece of scouting history in the Poconos.

Boy Scouts young and old got to work Sunday on an old cabin near Hawley.

"We're pretty much de-chinking now, which means taking the stuff out from between the logs," explained Boy Scout Giancarlo Iona.

This is not just any cabin. It is the Daniel Beard cabin, named after one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts.

Go to wnep.com for full text of the report.

   

News Eagle - January 21, 2011

Dan Beard Boy Scout cabin to be restored

Lackawaxen Twp. — Woodloch Pines Resort has donated a historic cabin on their property to the Boys Scouts of America. The log cabin was used by one of the Scouts’ founders in the first half of the 20th Century.

The Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Council of the Boy Scouts of America has plans to move it to the Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation about 12 or 15 miles away, in Paupack Township.

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Boys' Life Magazine - January 1930


Boys' Life Magazine - March 1929

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Learning for Life and Exploring in Northeastern Pennsylvania

What Is Learning for Life?

Learning for Life offers classroom-based programs that provide an action-learning process with grade-specific lesson plans for grades K through 12, plus a complete supplement for special-needs students.

Learning for Life helps youth develop social and life skills, assist in character development, and helps them formulate positive personal values.

What Is Exploring?

Exploring is a worksite-based program that gives youth an opportunity to visit community organizations and explore the dynamics of various careers.

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to help them to become responsible and caring adults.

Click here to learn more about the Learning for Life and Exploring programs

Financial Assistance Request

United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties
United Way of Wyoming Valley
& Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, BSA

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The United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties, the Susquehanna County United Way and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council have collaborated to help serve low income youth and their families from Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna Counties. These Scouts are faced with a special financial challenge.

The Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Venturing Crew Advisor of the packs, troops and crews based in these counties are in the best position to have knowledge of Scouts and families in the Unit who are most in need of assistance. By working through the Scoutmaster, Cubmaster or Crew Advisor, this will help identify any needs more accurately and readily. This practice is not meant however to exclude parents or other leaders from directly applying for financial assistance, as long as requirements are met.

These United Ways have targeted specific needs-based funds to be utilized in Lackawanna, Wayne, and Susquehanna Counties to serve youth and families in need. These funds may be requested to supplement a variety of Scouting related purposes which may include, but are not limited to: registration fees, uniforms, insignia, badges, handbooks, activities, special trips, educational programs, and other related Scouting expenses. The NEPA Council will subsidize 70% of these expenses, and the Scout’s family or Unit will need to cover 30% of these costs. Should your son need a Campership to attend an NEPA council operated summer camp, requests are to be made separately using a Campership Request Form. This form is available at the Scout Service and Training Center or can be found on the council website at www.nepabsa.org. Campership requests are due by May 1 and will typically cover up to 50% of the fees.

United Way funds are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for needs-based assistance will be honored only when the Scout and his parent fill out either the form on the back of this sheet and/or the Campership Request Form (which can be requested separately). In both cases, documentation of public assistance must be attached. If the United Way funding is exhausted for that particular year, the Council will continue to honor needs-based requests as funds are made available.

Submit completed applications (DOWNLOAD) directly to the Scout Office at: 1 Bob Mellow Drive, Moosic, PA 18507 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program.

Information on how to become a merit badge counselor is available by clicking on the link below

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The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America has begun the process of relocating and restoring an important piece of Scouting’s history.

This cabin, the last remaining part of the Dan Beard Outdoor School, a camp run by Daniel Carter Beard in Lackawaxen Township, Pike County, PA is being disassembled and moved 12 miles to Goose Pond Scout Reservation. This process is not a small undertaking, but by relocating and keeping this 1926 Kiva style log cabin in Upstate Pennsylvania we are not only preserving its history but are also honoring a beloved founder of the BSA, Dan Beard himself.

These pages will explain the history of the cabin and detail the restoration process. You will also be able to follow the project through our collection of pictures and images.

This project is being made possible with help from the many volunteers who are giving their time and labor freely. It cannot be completed, however, without the contributions and generosity of supporters like you. Monetary donations to pay the costs of the relocation and rebuilding are now being taken online, and we thank all of you for your support. Before you leave, please visit the Dan Beard Cabin Project DONATE page.

For more information, you can follow the project on our Facebook page, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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