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Author Topic: Explorer Post or Venture Crew?  (Read 6576 times)

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« on: August 26, 2009, 09:35:47 AM »

It seems to me that it could be a good idea for a ham radio club to sponsor an Explorer Post or (also under the Scouts, and maybe a better fit) a Venture Crew. Does anyone have any experience with their club doing this? In talking with our District Scout leaders about the October Jamboree-on-the-Air their District Executive asked if our club would be interested in sponsoring and activating a Venture Crew devoted to radio communications. So, does anyone have any experience or suggestions on this?

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 06:48:23 PM »

A couple of things. It's a real commitment, not just having the crew participate with the club. It's a difficult job of keeping them active and interested. You're dealing with the ages where they drift away from Scouting, which is really why the program exists. But you're not limited to kids who came up in Scouting, either.

And BSA will want the adult advisors to go through some training. It's very helpful if you have an adult in the club or an adult who wants to work with you who has been in Scouting for a while.

And recruiting is a little delicate, since you can be taking them from existing troops where they'd like them to remain active and transition into adult Scouter roles one day. That's part of why you need at least one Scouter who knows the local troop people and the local Scouting politics. But BSA like it, because it can bring in kids who have never been Scouts.

It's hard to keep them coming back at that age. You need something happening all the time. And you can get some future members lined up when you act as merit badge counselor for the troops in the several badge areas that most experienced hams are qualified to do.

But it's just a lot of work. The kids are supposed to be running it, but they're kids, and it sucks up a lot of the adult's time.

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 07:45:15 PM »

I looked around and found:

Crew sponsored by a radio club. They could give you some good advice and relate what makes them successful. You can see they do more than just radio, which I would expect to be more successful than radio only.

A little different slant at:


The US Scouting Service Project is a terrific resource for adult Scouters. This is not the official BSA site. It\'s set up strictly to help adults in Scouting.

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009, 06:16:30 PM »

Yes we have a Venture Crew, but no experience with BSA. The Amateur Radio Club elected to collaborate with a new Venture Crew.

By combining the wilderness experience gained from Venturing and the Amateur Radio experience gained from the club, both groups will benefit in some way.

Our first eight months were non-productive for both organizations. Some momentum after a few meetings but little to no progress. Recently, both organization have communicated directly with each other, the ARRL Section and BSA Council.

Communicate began on several projects and expectations are high for the upcoming JOTA, Fox Hunt and Wilderness Radio Based Camp. We'll have to see if the energy stays high enough over the next 6-10 months.

The Venture and the Club need more members - hopefully this with help both organizations

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009, 09:02:06 AM »

The first question that I have is do you have at least 5 youth, guys or girls (between the age of 14 and have completed the 8th grade and the age of 21)?

From that, then you need to find a number of adults that are willing to take on leadership positions in the crew.  You need the charter organization representitive (usually the radio club president) whos job is to approve adult leadership in the crew from the standards of the club and the BSA.  You need to have someone that will be an advisor (someone that directly works with the youth and gives them advise as to how the crew should be ran).  You then need to have someone that would be willing to work as the Committee Chair (runs the committee that works with the youth) and people willing to work on said committee.  You can also have associate advisors that assists the advisor with his job too.

As a chartering member of a venturing crew (as a youth), I can tell you that it is not easy to get started, but when it does get started, it does work.  Though my crew does not work with radio, my experiences with both Venturing and radio can help with ideas that can help form a radio centered crew.

The hardest part though is getting 5 youth.

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