Adult Training Courses: Venturing
Adult Training Courses: Venturing
As a Venturing leader, you owe it to the youth you mentor to learn as much as you can about Scouting and how to run your crew. All positions in Venturing need to complete Youth Protection Training and the position-specific training for your registered Scouting position.
You’ll find all of the required training courses below in the “Required Venturing Courses” section. Most of these required courses are available online through BSA’s My.Scouting.org training portal.
There are additional courses you may take that will expand your knowledge of how Scouting works or help you learn new Scouting skills. You’ll find those listed below in the “Optional” section.
Required Venturing Courses
Advisor-Specific Training (required if you are going to be an Advisor or Associate Advisor)
Venturing Advisor Position-Specific Training will give you an introduction to everything you need to know about being an Advisor, from helping the crew President and other youth leaders run the program to working with the crew Committee (in fact, sometimes the training is held in conjunction with the Venturing Crew Committee Challenge Training). When you finish Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully trained” Venturing Crew Advisor.
- You may take Advisor-Specific Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
- Often, volunteers in your district (that’s the area of our council to which your unit belongs, usually defined by school district attendance boundaries) will teach an in-person version of Advisor-Specific Training. Taking the class this way gives you the chance to ask someone who’s already done the job before how they handled certain situations. You can check our events calendar to see if there is an in-person version of the class being offered soon near you.
- If you still feel like you’re not sure what Advisor-Specific Training is, visit this page for a little more information.
Crew Committee Challenge Training (required if you are going to be a Committee Chair or Committee Member)
Crew Committee Challenge Training introduces you to everything you need to know about supporting the amazing youth leaders in your unit. It won’t answer every single question you have, but it’s a great start. And, it’s available online so you can complete it in 10-minute modules during free time. You can also take the course in person; an advantage of doing it this way is you’ll be able to ask questions of and get feedback from an experienced Scouter who has been in your shoes before. When you complete Youth Protection Training and this course, you are considered what we call a “fully trained” Venturing Crew Committee Chair or Committee Member.
- You may take Crew Committee Challenge Training in a self-paced online course through the Boy Scouts of America’s national web training center called My.Scouting.org.
- Often, volunteers in your district (that’s the area of our council to which your unit belongs, usually defined by school district attendance boundaries) will teach an in-person version of Crew Committee Challenge Training. Taking the class this way gives you the chance to ask someone who’s already done the job before how they handled certain situations. You can check our events calendar to see if there is an in-person version of the class being offered soon near you.
- If you still feel like you’re not sure what Crew Committee Challenge Training is, visit this page for a little more information.
Why doesn't my training show up in my BSA records?
Often leaders are surprised to receive notification that they are not trained. Most often, the volunteer was actually not registered in the position they are holding. Sometimes they have not completely registered in MyScouting.org and their trainings are not being recorded. Leaders can call (512) 617-8618 to get answers to their training status and questions.
Optional Training Courses Venturing Leaders May Take
Wood Badge is BSA’s “next level” training course that puts you in the position of your Scouts, working together as members of a Cub Scout Pack, Scouts BSA Troop, and Venturing Crew.
Providing a challenging outdoor program for older youth isn’t easy. Experience the solution at Powder Horn where Scout leaders learn how to plan and safely conduct an intriguing range of outdoor adventures.
University of Scouting
Come for just the morning or all day, to focus on serious topics or just to have fun learning new skills! The University of Scouting offers more than 100 classes in 5 different “colleges,” with dozens of new classes each year.
Scouting’s strength is in the people who belong to the program. MEGA Training offers you to meet other Scouting volunteers like yourself while also taking one of those important training courses you need to finish to become a better leader.
Climbing Instructor Training
Climbing and Rappelling are among the few Scouting activities which challenge and captivate the imagination of all ages.
C.O.P.E. Facilitator Training
C.O.P.E. is a set of group initiative games and low and high course activities where participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.
Chaplain Fast Start Training
Our three-part Chaplain training program is focused on providing the best trained and motivated adult leaders, volunteers and youth members.
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour hands-on course that emphasizes issues that may be encountered with illness and injury when definitive medical care is more than one hour away.
Hazardous Weather Training
All “direct contact” leaders are required to take BSA’s Hazardous Weather Training to be considered fully trained in their position.
Safe Swim Defense
Whenever Scouts swim, the BSA’s Safe Swim Defense plan must be followed. This training will cover the plan’s eight points.
Before a BSA group may engage in any watercraft activity, adult leaders for such activity must complete Safety Afloat training , have a Safety Afloat commitment card, and be dedicated to full compliance with all nine points of Safety Afloat.
Swimming and Water Rescue
Training for BSA Swimming and Water Rescue provides BSA leaders with information and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to swimming emergencies during unit swimming activities.
Young people today seek increasingly challenging activities, many of which involve trekking in backcountry or wilderness areas.
Climb On Safely
Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.
Driver Improvement Program
Accidents are quite rare in Scouting. But when one does occur, it probably didn’t happen while camping. It likely didn’t involve backpacking, canoeing or climbing, either. The majority of Scouting accidents happen on the way to or from Scouting activities. They happen on the road.
STEM Nova Counselor Training
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of Scouts and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs, from archery to welding.
STEM Supernova Mentor Training
The BSA’s Supernova awards honor Scouts for exceptional STEM achievement (Nova awards, meanwhile, reward introductory exploration of STEM disciplines.) There are seven Supernova awards: one for Cub Scouts, one for Webelos Scouts, two for Scouts in Scouts BSA, and three for Venturers.