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Venturing Report Annual Meeting 2011

Prepared by Sue Lisowski

Venturing Crew 2635 is over a year old. We are a small unit, and our biggest challenge is finding time for activities, since our teenagers have busy lives and come from different schools with varying schedules. Also, since we are just starting out, we have limited resources, and have not done a lot of outings.

We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America this summer by attending ScoutFest 100, a once in a lifetime opportunity to camp out in downtown Chicago. We pitched tents and slept on beautiful Northerly Island, with the skyline in the background. Apparently we were right on top of the old runway of Meigs field, because we had to put the tent stakes in sideways after hitting concrete a few inches below the grass! We found a geocache using a GPS unit, went on a police rescue boat and saw a rescue diver demonstration, stunt kites, the Jesse White tumblers, and an impressive thunderstorm.

We also got to attend a concert and fireworks show on the lakefront. Being part of Scouting offers us some unique opportunities we might not get as just a youth group.

We have several Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts in the parish, and on Scout Sunday, we honored them and gave reusable tote bags printed with the Leave No Trace code. Our fellowship hall was used for training for merit badge counselors and Eagle Scout candidates this fall, bringing several visitors to our church building.

We committed to helping the PADS food team from St. Luke's when there is a 5th Monday of a month, which is 3 times this PADS season. The crew members help to serve dinner to the homeless, and prepare sandwiches and sack lunches for the next day.

We have also been helping with the Project Mexico team. We purchased tents for the 2010 team, and gave a camping demonstration. We taught them how to set up tents, what they need to bring, and how to be relatively comfortable while roughing it for several days. A few crew members are on the 2011 Project Mexico team, and they can use their experiences to earn Venturing awards.

Other plans for the coming year include presenting first aid/CPR training as well as a leadership skills course for the youth, a ski or sledding event, and a weekend camping trip this spring or summer. Scout Sunday for 2011 is February 6th.

We always welcome new members. Venturing is open to boys and girls age 14 and up. If you are involved in another Scout unit, you can also be registered in the crew. Boy Scouts who have earned the rank of 1st Class can work on ranks up to Eagle Scout in our crew. We need adult volunteers, as the BSA is very strict about supervision, and welcome donated camping supplies as well.