68 Toronto Venturer Scouts

The Venturer Scout Motto is: Challenge

All Sections Earth Hour2015The Venturer Group at the 68th Toronto meet in the same location as the Scouts, Thursday Nights at George Syme School from 6:30 to 8pm, though with their own leaders and patrol. Currently all our Venturer-aged members are largely acting as Scouters-in-Training to the younger groups, though they are able to plan their own events and camps as well. And this is expected to change next year, given the number of members moving from Scouts to Venturers next year.

If you are interested in learning more about our Venturer Group, please use the web contact form to let us know, or see the Registration section for information and answers to frequently asked questions.

After a few meetings (which includes learning the Venturer Scout law, promise, and motto) the new Venturer Scout will be “invested” and receive a series of crests for the shirt, along with their scarf, etc.

The Venturers (not adult Scouters) operate the Venturer company. A fundamental cornerstone of Venturing is the principle of self-determination and responsibility of members. Venturers plan their meetings with a youth chairman who uses an agenda, with reports from committees, and procedures for making decisions common to adult organizations.

Venturers are responsible for their own finances (subject to guidelines found in Bylaws,
Policies and Procedures) and their local group. They earn and spend money as they see fit,
and keep their own records; the group/section committee or the advisor should audit these records annually.

Venturers are actively involved in choosing and planning activities for both themselves, and often even helping facilitate with the younger groups. The Venturer program not only encourages, but insists that everyone becomes a real participant in the group.

Venturers don’t need to earn badges or awards to meet their program objectives, but obtaining them can be a fun way to focus on meeting these objectives, and the awards support a well-balanced program.

Program Activity Areas

Venturer Scouts UniformVenturing covers a very wide range of skills and activities that are oriented towards various
elements. The section has six activity areas:

  • exploration,
  • personal fitness,
  • personal interest,
  • service,
  • social/cultural/spiritual, and
  • vocational.

Venturer program activities seek to help young people acquire skills and knowledge which will
promote and benefit not only personal development, but also the community as a whole.

Typical Venture Scout Yearly Overview

While the specific events and activities that occur each year will vary depending on the plans and interests of the group, Scouter expertise, and availability of resources, here is a glimpse of some of the activities that happen over the course of the year in Venturer Scouts.

  • Group Business Meetings – often arranged around badge work of a particular activity area.
  • Volunteering – helping out with younger section activities.
  • Outings – Hikes, Campfires, Cultural Events and Sports (going swimming, skating, etc. plus watching hockey, basketball, etc.).
  • Camps – In addition to planning their own Venturer Scout-only camp(s), Venturer Scouts can participate in an All Section Camps (with Beaver, Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Rover Scouts), or joint Scout-Venturer camps.

If you, or your son or daughter, are interested in learning more about our Venturer Group, we’d love to hear from you.  Please use the web contact form to let us know, feel free to browse the Registration section for information.