HomeVenturingGlacier’s Edge Venturing Jan 2014 Newsletter

Venturing Advisor’s message

I am putting together a newsletter with activities that are in the area that are geared towards Venturers or that Venturers may be interested in participating in. If you hear of any activities that other Ventures may be interested in attending, please let me know.

Crews that attended the GloBowling in December in Janesville had a great time.  Crews from Elkhorn, Madison, Stoughton, Janesville, Edgerton, and Milton attended and hope to see more crews attend next year.

Upcoming fun activity is Lock in at UW-Whitewater Rec Center on March  14-15.

Next roundtable meeting will be Apr. 8th at 6:30pm at Newville.

Bob Hornby

Council Venturing Advisor


Upcoming Activities in the Area


Jan. 7th – Venture Roundtable meeting, Culver’s, Newville, 6:30pm.


Jan. 11th  – 5 Star University, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha, WI  Training event organized and staffed by 4 councils.  Training for all areas of scouting.


Jan. 18th – PowWow, Deerfield High School, Marshall, WI

Many different classes available.


January 18th  – Snowstorm    Kinnikinnick School, Roscoe, IL

          One day competition including first aid, obstacle course, snow sculpting, knots, sled pull, etc., plus dinner and a dance. Optional overnight on Saturday for those coming from  a distance.  Cost $17 per person. Contact Louise Glon antiquerocks@yahoo.com  (815) 988-9515

info: http://www.angelfire.com/il3/snowstorm/index.html


Feb 15th-16th – Wilderness First Aid training, Glacier’s Edge Council office, Madison, WI. Cost $35 includes books and certificate.  Bring sack lunch.  Register with Madison scout office.


February 15th  — Winter Amidships (WAM) Fond du Lac WI

One-day competition running for over 30 years, including knots, tug-of-war, code flags, first aid, snow bowling, compass, obstacle course, surprises, etc., plus dinner and a dance. Contact Ann Gratton (920) 231-3015.  More information http://www.baylakesbsa.org


February 21st – 23rd – Venturing Blast, Blackhawk Council, Camp Lowden, Oregon, IL

Activities planned include pistol shooting, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, dance, night hike.  Will sleep in heated cabins.  Cost is $25 befor Feb 15 and $30 afterward which includes food on Saturday and Sunday breakfast.  Contact Heather Lisser (608) 214-0970.  More information  http://www.crventuring.org/cal_popup.php?ID=1042


February 28 – Venturing Winter Klondike, Three Harbors Council,W.R. Wadewitz Nature Camp in Waterford. Sleeping accommodations include heated barn, adirondack, or tent/snowshelter. Activities will be announced soon.  Cost of weekend is $30.  For more information, please contact Bob McDowell at (262) 620-1090.

Mar. 1st – Area 7 Venturing Conference, Key Lime Cove Resort, Gurnee, IL

Networking, teambuilding, training, great food, and lots of fun.  More information available in future.  Cost $30.  Watch: https://www.facebook.com/events/131994357007333/


Mar 14-15 – Venturing Lock-In, UW-Whitewater Athletic Center, Whitewater

Cost $15.  Register with Luann Rece by Mar. 7th.  Contact Luann Rece at orchidscout@gmail.com.  Flier posted at http://www.facebook.com/groups/24369249032.


Apr 11-13, May 2-4  – Powderhorn, Camp Lowden, Oregon, IL

Exciting training opportunity designed as an action-packed, hands-on outdoor course to expose adult leaders and youth to the resources necessary to operate a successful unit level high adventure program.  Cost $275 includes lodging, meals, and program materials.  More information:  http://storage.blackhawkscouting.org/event/docs/692/ph2014_tri_fold_application.pdf


Apr. 8th – Venture Roundtable meeting, Culver’s, Newville, 6:30pm.


Apr 12 – 13 – Wilderness First Aid training, Glacier’s Edge Council office, Janesville, WI. Cost $35 includes books and certificate.  Bring sack lunch.  Register with Madison scout office.


Apr 25-27 – Glacier’s Edge Backpack Camporee, Woodman Center, Richland Center

Join us in filling the valley with scouts from the Glacier Edge Council where the Woodman Center will host the seventh annual Glacier’s Edge Council-wide Backpack Camporee. This camporee will give scouts a chance to learn basic to advanced backpacking skills (water filtration, light weight stove usage and backpack food demonstration), Basic to ultra light equipment demonstrations, Leave No Trace camping, Wilderness First aid and Geo-caching.   More information available at a later date.


May 2-4 – Glacial Trails Backpacking, Dundee, Wisconsin 

This event starts Friday at the Old Wade house in Greenbush.  Camp at the group camp ground at Greenbush and begin the hike to Long Lake State Park on Saturday morning.  Camp in Long Lake State Park Saturday night and begin the final leg to Mauthe Lake on Sunday.  A perfect hike to practice, teach or tune backpack skills.  The hike is approximately 18 miles in total length.  More information available at: http://www.badgertrails.org


May 17 – Scout Day at Illinois Railway Museum, Elgin, Start 9:15am

Come help Venture Crew 991 celebrate Railway Museum’s 61st Anniversary.

More information available at a later date.


May 16-18 – Central Region Rendezvous, Camp Illenek near Springfield, IL

Activities include sailing sunfish sailboats, swamped and paddle-less canoe races, rain gutter regatta, hiking, fishing, bonfire.  Cost is $30 per person.  More information:   area3rendezvous.wordpress.com





May 16-18 – Baraboo Circus Heritage, Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo, WI

Starts Friday night and ends Sunday morning.  Dances, Stage shows, blacksmith, Frisbee golf, funnel cake eating contest, STEM & renewable energy exhibits, scouting   museum, CMJ motocross races, Circus World Museum, Geo-caching trail, Bosworth family lumberjack show, dutch oven desert bake-off,  and Buffalo Bill Wild West show are available.  More information available at later date.


June 7th — Scout Fishing Derby Rockton IL            Illinois Free Fishing Weekend

Fish along the Rock River Race. All age divisions for both BSA & GSUSA.    $3. Fee includes patch, chance at trophies, and attendance prizes, and fun fishing!!!    21 years at the same place.  Contact Louise Glon antiquerocks@yahoo.com  (815) 988-9515


June 13-15 – Tour de Blackhawk, Monticello park, Monticello, WI

Bike focused camporee lets you choose the distance and trails you want to ride throughout the weekend.  Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and Saturday dinner will be served.  Camp at Monticello park.  Contact Kevin Olson (608) 778-1950.   More information: http://www.crventuring.org/cal_popup.php?ID=1043


Venturing Resources

Central Region Venturing Web Site

With thousands of links, articles, and events, www.crventuring.org is the place for you to find every resource you need to start or grow a crew or VOA. If you haven’t checked out the site before (or even recently), join the 100,000+ visitors who come to crventuring.org every year to find helpful tips, news, and lessons learned that make the Venturing program more successful. If you have an idea for additional content on our crventuring.org, please send your suggestions to www.communications_coordinator@ crventuring.org.

Venturing Terminology

One of the first rules about “Venturing-speak” is that the name of the program is Venturing (not Venture Scouting).

• Therefore, a crew is a Venturing crew, not a Venture crew of a Venture Scout crew.

• A youth is called a Venturer, not a Venture Scout.

• Advisors and other leaders are Venturing Advisors, not Venture leaders or Venture Scout leaders.

• Venturing leaders take Venturing training, not Venture training or Venturer training.

Where to Go Venturing

Does your crew go to the same place every time that you go camping? Want to find some neat places that are close or even across the country?

Then check out the Where to Go Venturing database at

http://www. crventuring.org/Other/Where_To_Go_Venturing.

This resource has 4000 high adventure locations and lots of different search criteria that will help you find the perfect place for your crew’s next adventure.

If you have a favorite place that you feel that others should know about or see a mistake, contact us at


Ranger Resources

Have you been in that situation where you just need one more requirement to finish and elective or even to finish your Ranger?

Where can I get a 3-D cave map? What is a Swiss seat?

Well, there is a place that can help. On the Central Region Venturing Web site, there is a section that is titled Ranger Resources. This page has each Core and Elective requirement that you can do for your Ranger Award. By clicking on one of these requirements, it takes you to a new screen. On each of these screens, it has everything broken down to make it easier to find and will help you with what you are looking for.

For help on all your requirements, just follow this link: http://crventuring.org/Resources/Ranger_Award_Links/


Discussion Lists

You may sign up for the many Yahoo Groups and Discussion Lists dedicated to Venturing and Sea Scouting. Information on these groups can be found by searching Yahoo Groups for Venturing, clicking on “Discussion Groups” at www.seascout.org, or by clicking on the links below.

Venturing Yahoo Group: This group shares information with Venturers and Advisors from across the nation:


Central Region Venturing Yahoo Group: This group is used to share resources and ideas, and to ask questions about Venturing in the Central Region:


Sea Scouting Discussion List: This group shares information with Sea Scouts and Sea Scout leaders across the nation:


Central Region Sea Scouting Discussion List: This group is used to share resources and ideas, and to ask questions about Sea Scouting in the Central Region:


Central Region Sea Scouting Discussion List: This group is used to share resources and ideas, and to ask questions about Sea Scouting in the Central Region:


Facebook Discussion Lists:

Central Region Venturing: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Region-Venturing/5584419563

Central Region – Area 7 Venturing:


Glacier’s Edge Venturing: http://www.facebook.com/groups/24369249032/

Venturing Events and Links

More information on all of the events and links to the Area 7 councils can be found on www.crventuring.org.

Submit your events to the calendar to this address:


Venturing Joining Requirements

The minimum age requirements to join Venturing are 14 years of age or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. The maximum age for participation remains under 21 years of age.




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