To All Fellow Scouts and Adult Scouters:
As you may or may not have heard there is a new Venture Crew in Great Falls or actually in Black Eagle. The new Crew is sponsored by the Moose Lodge #532 and will be Crew 8. For those of you who do not know me I have been a leader in Scouting for 10+ years starting with Cub Scouts and working my way thru Boy Scouts mostly as Scoutmaster for Troop 8.
For those of you who would like to learn more about Venturing and the benefits, I will be hosting a Venturing Presentation on January 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Moose Lodge in Black Eagle. The joining requirements for Venturing are any young lady or young man 14 years of age or 13 years of age and having completed the 8th grade.
With that being said, I understand the difficulties of retaining youth over the ages of 15. I have been very fortunate in retaining older youth in Troop 8 as it is only comprised of youth 16 to 17 years of age. So I believe we, as in adults and youth, can design a Venture program to suit those needs of young adults. I can see us planning a trip to hike 18 miles across the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness to the Meriwether Campground and floating down to Holter Lake via canoes, just as an example.
If you are already signed up in a traditional Boy Scout Troop there are no additional registration fees as you paid those fees upon registering with the Troop. I as the Crew Advisor will recommend and push you to still be active in your Troop and continue your progression towards becoming an Eagle Scout. If you are already an Eagle Scout what better way to keep involved and continue to give back to your community and Scouting than in a Venture Crew as you work towards yet another set of goals.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at Keithhas4@gmail.com or call me at 406-799-4498.
Advisor Crew 8