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Crew Officers

One of the most significant (and least widely known) benefits of Venturing is the leadership experience that young men and women are able to get.  It is almost impossible to get anywhere near the degree of leadership experience typical in scouting outside of scouting before adulthood.

As a Venturing officer, you will be encouraged to take responsibility for many facets of the crew's operations.  Some areas of responsibility will be harder for you to master than other areas.  But learning to take responsibility for others is part of the maturation process part of growing up.

Your role as a Venturing officer is

  1. Fostering and developing an environment within your Venturing crew that has a true sense of community, that encourages growth and responsibility to one another
  2. Working in a spirit of partnership with the Advisors of your crew
  3. Developing a program of activities for your crew and helping to carry them out
  4. Upholding the standards and policies of the chartered organization and Venturing BSA
  5. Ensuring that activities are conducted within Venturing BSA safety guidelines and requirements
  6. Cultivating the capacity to enjoy life to have fun and to explore as you lead

In the crew officer's seminar, you will have a good opportunity to discuss these responsibilities and to ask any questions you may have.

Use these responsibilities to evaluate how you are doing throughout the year, not as a judgment of your performance, but as an encouragement to improve.  Over time, you will find that you have changed that your ability to lead has improved.

Position Descriptions for Each Youth Officer

A Venturing crew has the following officer positions:

  1. President
  2. Administrative Vice President
  3. Program Vice President
  4. Secretary
  5. Treasurer
  6. Guide
  7. Quartermaster
  8. Historian

Further, each activity has its own Activity Chair, appointed by the President.

You not only should become familiar with the position description for your office, you should also be familiar with the job descriptions of the other officers so that you work effectively as a team.

Leadership Training Materials

  1. Here's an online training course for new crew officers.
  2. Here's a great "Lessons Learned" document from an experienced Venturing Crew President.
  3. The following web site is dedicated to teaching leadership skills to youth leaders:  White Stag Leadership Development: Resources for Junior Leader Training
  4. The following is a 300 page guide to teaching boy scouts leadership skills: Resources for Leadership

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