Youth and Adult Training
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Nature of Leadership
The Venturing Leadership Skills Course is the first step a Venturer encounters on his or her journey toward leadership development. This course is designed to be used by Advisors to teach leadership skills to all Venturers in the crew. It has nine leadership modules that begin with an activity and follow with a reflection. Completion of this course is a requirement for the Venturing Silver Award, and conducting the course is a requirement for the Venturing Advisor Award of Merit.
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The Kodiak course combines the elements of leadership and service to others as the two key tenets of Venturing. Servant leadership is a philosophy that teaches the leader to work with and through a team to accomplish the mission.
Kodiak's methods are the following: Challenging outdoor treks to use nature as a classroom (no indoor sessions). Five leadership skills, called "commissions," are taught. They can be offered over a week, or over two weekends. It uses a hands-on teaching approach with very short presentations.
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Kodiak X is the final step in Venturing's Nature of Leadership series, which began with learning introductory leadership skills in the Venturing Leadership Skills Course, followed by Kodiak, a much more in-depth leadership course done in conjunction with a trek or trip. Kodiak X is a weekend leadership challenge course designed to test a Venturer's leaderships skills learned in Kodiak. It is a fun and funky weekend!
Additional Venturing Youth Training
New Officers' Orientation Crew Officers Roles and ResponsibilitiesResources Crew Officers Needs and UseWorking With Advisors and Older AdultsHow to Plan Your Crew's Annual ProgramPlanning Resources
This new training offers a much-needed support to Venturing crews with their officers. The sections that it covers are:
Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness
This training deals with issues facing our young adults today. The vignette covers acquaintance rape, peer sexual harassment, stalking, and two new additions in 2007--suicide and Internet safety. This cutting-edge training addresses head-on the issues facing youth.
Kodiak Mountain Trek, July 26-August 1, 2009
While Venturing courses for adult leaders are held at Philmont Training Center, a special mountain trek/Kodiak training for Venturing youth and older Boy Scouts will be offered as well.
NEW! 2010 Philmont Training Center Conference Schedule
NEW! What Makes a Trained Leader?
Fast Start Guide
This training comes with optional delivery formats. It illustrates how using the Venturing program planning process can get a Venturing crew up and running and off to a successful start.
CD-ROM self trainingIllustrated guide [PDF]Web-based training
Venturing Leader Specific Training (Basic Training)
This basic course explains Venturing to all adults new to Venturing. There are five sessions: Here's Venturing, Understanding and Protecting Youth, Leadership and Organization, Awards and Recogniation, and Resources and Program Planning. These sessions may be offered at one time or individually. It usually takes about 5 hours to complete. This course is required for the Advisor Key and Venturing Advisor Training Awards. The course uses syllabus No. 33491
Venturing Leadership Skills Course
This syllabus is designed to be used by Advisors to teach leadership skills to all Venturers in the crew. Nine leadership modules each begin with an activity and follow with a reflection. Completion of this course is a requirement for the Venturing Silver Award, and conducting the course is a requirement for the Venturing Advisor Award of Merit.
High-adventure resource training designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scout adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high-adventure unit-level program.
Youth Protection Guideline: Training for Adult Venturing Leaders
This training provides an overview of the developmental transition experienced by young people of Venturing age and how those transitions relate to the personal safety concerns of the Venturing program.