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Glacier’s Edge Venturing June 2014 Newsletter

VOA Officers

President – Rebecca Zabel
Vice President – Administration – Kim Thompson
Vice President – Program – Spencer Beck


Rebecca Zabel – Council President

I am Rebecca Zabel, the new VOA President. I have been living in Janesville, WI for a little over a year now. I moved from Cleveland, Ohio, before coming here I was the president of F610, from Greater Cleveland council going to the 2013 National Jamboree. I am also current president of Crew 516 in Janesville. I am a senior attending Craig high school, in Janesville. I have earned my sports bronze award, and I am working towards my Gold award before the year is up. After high school I am planning on joining the National Guard and becoming a kindergarten teacher, along with minoring in special education. I would like to see our Council’s Venturing program to be as active as possible, but not just the number of events but the numbers coming and having fun. I would love to see the upcoming years to show what Venturing is about. I want the leadership, and planning coming from us, the scouts, instead of being adult led. Change starts with us, so let’s make a difference.


Venturing Advisor’s message

Upcoming activity – Venture Splash at Camp Indian Trails on July 23 at 6pm. Ventures and prospective Ventures are invited to have a good time preparing dutch oven deserts, eating, swimming, and eating the deserts that they made. Cost free. Please let us know that you are coming.

Venturing program update with the changes to Venturing advancement is available at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/220-067_WB.pdf.

Here is location of a list of frequently asked questions about the changes in Venturing at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/VenturingFAQs.pdf.

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.
Bob Hornby
Council Venturing Advisor


Upcoming Activities in the Area


July 18th-20th – Bay Jammer Marinette, WI & Menominee MI

Longest running competition 66 years! Events include lip sync contest & street dance on Friday; swimming, boating, compass, log rolling, log sawing, drilling, etc. on Saturday plus dinner and semi-formal dance; tug-of-war, triathlon, and volleyball on Sunday. More information http://www.bayjammer.htmlplanet.com


July 21 – Scout Night at Miller Park, Miller Park, Milwaukee

As low as $11 includes ticket for game and to participate in parade. Milwaukee plays Cincinnati. Registration form available at http://milwaukeeboyscouts.doubleknot.com/document/brewers-scout-day-registration-form/134785


July 23 – Venture Summer Splash, Camp Indian Trails, Janesville

Recruiting event for prospective Venturers. Cookout and pool party. Cost free. Starts at 6pm. Bring your Venturers and prospective Venturers to have fun, dutch oven cooking, eating, and swimming and getting to know other Venturers. Email how many attending to Becca at rrzballet@hotmail.com by July 20th to make sure we have enough food.


July 27 – Scout Night at Duck Pond – Madison Mallards, Warner Park, Madison

Cost $12 includes ticket for game, Mallard hat, Mallard patch. Game starts at 7:05pm. For more information, check http://www.glaciersedge.org/wp-content/uploads/Mallards-2014-Flyer.pdf


July 28 – Aug 2 – National Youth Leadership Training, Camp Indian Trails, Janesville

Course is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all youth members with the leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The course is open to Crew members who have completed Venture Leadership Skills Course. First 96 units to register will be guaranteed a spot for 1 Scout if fee paid in full by Apr. 18th. Cost is $190. For more information, see https://scoutingevent.com/?gec_nylt


August 1-3 – Mahahiki, Warsaw, Indiana

Hawaiian themed weekend competition running for more than 40 years. Event includes talent competition and bonfire on Friday night; knots, volleyball, tug-of-war, boating, obstacle course, drilling, canoe swamp, etc., plus Hawaiian dress parade, luau, and dance on Saturday; swimming on Sunday. More information at http://www.awac.org


Aug 27, Sept 7-8 – DNR Hunter Safety course, Camp Indian Trails, Janesville

Cost $10.   Aug 27 – 6-8pm, Sept. 7 & 8 – 9:30am – 5pm. Maximum number of 60. For more information, contact Bob Hornby 608-758-8664 or bhmhth2000@yahoo.com


Sept. 5-7, Powderhorn, Crystal Lake Scout Reservation, Rhinelander

Cost $275. 2nd weekend – Sept. 26-28 at at Phillips Scout Reservation, Haugen

For more information check: http://www.samoset.org/resources/venturing/Powderhorn%20Flyer%202014.pdf


Sept. 10-12, Fall Venturing Super Activity, Hanna Venturing Base, Rhinelander

More information later: http://www.samoset.org/districts/venturing/resources.php


Oct 4Annual Area 7 Extravaganza, Rainbow Scout Reservation Camp, Morris, IL

High Cope, Climbing, Pistol Shooting, Zip-lining, Shotgun, Archery, Dutch Oven. Registration 8am. Program starts at 9am. Stay tuned for more details, and make sure to check the Facebook page for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/433929166710335/


Oct 10-12 – Aircamp, Rockford Airport, Rockford

Cost$17 which includes patch, booklet, arena show, and camping fee. Many activities relating to planes, Young Eagle flights, climbing towers, zip lines, robot battles, and more. Ventures will have their own camping area. More information at: http://www.aircamp2014.com/


Nov 7-9 – Venture Shooting Sports Weekend, Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, Mauston

Some of the activities will be shotgun, pistol, rifle, archery, etc. Keep date open.


Mar 6-8, Winter Venturing Event, Hanna Venture Base, Rhindelander

More information later: http://www.samoset.org/districts/venturing/resources.php

Mar 6-8 – Area 7 Venturing Conference, Kalahari, Wisconisn Dells

More information later

May 15-17, Spring Venturing Event, Hanna Venture Base, Rhinelander

More information later: http://www.samoset.org/districts/venturing/resources.php


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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