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Central Region Area 3


Venturing Newsletter



Fall Fun Rally: September 27-

Area 3 Program Conference: November 9, 2013

Venturing Conference: January 10-11, 2013








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On Friday night the Area 3 VOA is putting on a casino game night and Hunger Game themed Capture The Flag game after dark. On Saturday night after the closing show come back to the Emerson Center where you will rock the house at the dance. More information is available on the Fall Fun Rally website and Facebook page. Website:



Venturing Area 3

At this event you will meet fellow Venturers and Advisors from all around the country as they come to enjoy the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s facilities. This is an event where you will be able to set up camp with your Crew in large camporee style fields and then participate in many, many different activities. There are usually over 100 different events and activities to keep you busy all weekend, for instance: military and police demonstrations, slacklining, medieval combat with padded weapons, and a mountain man rendezvous. In addition to the events and activities that the Crews put on, there also all of the facilities that Beaumont has to offer, such as Mud Cave, the climbing tower, shooting sports, and horses.


Officers Area 3

September 27th-29th, 2013 The Fall Fun Rally Advisor (Tim Yahl) and Fall Fun Rally Chair (Nick Tuley) have been hard at work getting the ground work together for the next Fall Fun Rally. The theme this year is Super Heroes! Registration is currently open for the event happening September 27-29, 2013.

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Area 3 Venturing President’s Corner Hey Venturers! I am Lizzie Schneider, and I serve as the 2013-2014 Central Region Area 3 Venturing President. We have a very busy year in Area 3, and I have a lot on my plate with fulfilling the goals I have set to best serve the youth in our area. I hope to increase communication with all councils, as well as work to create success within council Venturing Officer’s Associations. This summer alone has been a testimony to my vision for the rest of the year. Through the heat, I have filled my summer with exactly what I love - scouting! I started the summer by chairing a dinner for the Greater St. Louis Area Council that celebrated Venturers and their accomplishments over the year. I was recognized with the 2013 VOA Outstanding Service Award. I went on to attend the Central Region Venturing planning conference to prepare myself for the upcoming year. I have attended several crew activities throughout the summer and visited Swift Base - a Venturing Summer camp - to give a presentation and interact with other Venturers. My most recent adventure was being the Crew Vice President for the 2013 GSLAC National Youth Leadership Training Course for participants from multiple councils. NYLT allowed me to pass on knowledge of leadership to others while spending a week hiking and canoeing with staffers that doubled as my best friends! I hope your summer has been as exciting as mine has, and I look forward to meeting you and others as I go on more adventures during my term. Don't forget to say hi! Yours In Venturing, Lizzie Schneider

Central Region Area Presidents being sworn in to their positions

Area 3 Officers enjoying the fun activity at the Central Region Planning Conference

*Lizzie’s goals for this year can be found at:

Task Force Area 3 Sea Scout Boatswain’s Corner Katie Bruton is the Task Force Area 3 Boatswain. She is the Able Rank in Ship 5454 in Union, MO. Last year, Katie went on a high adventure sailing trip on Lake Huron. She went with other Sea Scouts in her area including her boatswain’s mate, Courtney Palm; the Central Region Boatswain, Peter Schmidt; and his boatswain’s mate, Lucas Shapland. The trip was featured in the May 2013 issue of Boys’ Life. You can see photos that were featured in the magazine at: They sailed a J35 racing yacht, known as the Griffin, down Lake Huron from Mackinac City, Michigan to Port Huron, Michigan. Katie was the youth planner for this year’s trip. They planned to have a Kodiak and complete many Sea Scout requirements for all of the scouts attending. They had also planned to visit Sarnia, Canada and race Cal 25’s, which is another type of sail boat. Unfortunately, the trip was canceled because the Griffin suffered from hull and keel damage while it was racing and had to drop out of the race. To learn more about last year’s trip, read Katie’s journal and other scouts’ journals at: If you have any questions about the trip or would like to attend the trip next year, feel free to contact Katie. Katie just got back from visiting family in Connecticut. While she was there she went to New London and visited the Mystic Whaler which was in port that day. The Mystic Whaler is an 83 foot long schooner sail boat that was originally built in 1967 and was rebuilt in 1993. There are 3-day trips for Sea Scouts where you can experience hands on sailing, learning and complete Sea Scout advancement requirements including the Qualified Seaman Bar. To learn more about this great experience, visit this website: To learn more about the Mystic Whaler, you can visit this website: Mark your calendars! Planning for the 2014 Central Region Rendezvous has begun! It will be hosted by the Abraham Lincoln council on May 16, 17, and 18 on Lake Springfield at Camp Illonek. The Rendezvous is for Venturing-aged Scouts who are ready to have some fun! Look for more information about the 2013 CR Rendezvous in the upcoming newsletters! See you there!

Upcoming Calendar of Events for Area 3 August 15th: Webinar: Putting the Wow into Your Program August 16th-18th: Back to School Bash (Abraham Lincoln Council) September 19th: Webinar: How Venturing Fits into the Scouting Program as a Whole September 27th-29th: Fall Fun Rally October 15th: Webinar: Council Standards of Venturing Excellence and Venturing Leadership Awards November 9th: Area 3 Program Conference (Normal, IL)

November 19th: Webinar: Marketing and Recruiting for Venturing January 10th-11th: Area 3 Venturing Conference (Normal, IL) April 25th-27th/May 16th-18th: Powder Horn Course (St. Louis)

Back to School Bash (Aug. 16th-18th)

Venturers love attending events

Looking for a fun way to end the summer? Check out the Back to School Bash hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Council at Camp Bunn in Hettick, Illinois. Open to all Scouts. The event is themed as the Hunger Games and costs $20. More information and registration available at:

to meet new friends and enjoy activities that are out of the box and over the top. Use your imagination for creative events this year to recruit

CR Area 3 Program Conference (Nov. 9th) The 3rd annual Area 3 Program Conference is happening November 9th in Normal, IL. We will be offering four Venturing sessions that day.  What is Sea Scouting?  The New Venturing– Venturing program changes  Putting the Wow into Your Program  Why Venturing Should be a Part of Your Scouting Family More information at:

new members and retain your existing members.

CR Area 3 Venturing Conference (Jan. 10th-11th) Save the date for the annual CR Area 3 Venturing Conference happening once again in January. This year there will be courses offered within the following treks: Kodiak, The New Venturing, High Adventure Skills, Adventures Beyond Councils, Sea Scouts, and Professionals only options. More information in future newsletters!



Venturing Webinars CR AREA 3 VENTURING

Bringing Scouting Resources into Your Own Home


To Join a webinar follow one of the sets of instructions below. Voice Only (by phone): Dial (559) 546-1200, when asked for a meeting ID enter 176-442-028#. Once you have entered the webinar please mute your phone by dialing *6. If you want to un-mute your phone dial *6 as well. Voice/PPT (by internet): Go to

2013-2014 Webinar Series Schedule: August 15th : Putting the “Wow Factor” into Your Program September 19th: How Venturing Fits into the Scouting Program as a Whole October 15th: Check List for Venturing Success (Council Standards of Venturing Excellence and Venturing Leadership Awards) November 19th: Marketing, Recruiting, and Retaining for Venturing and Sea Scouting December TBD: Venturing Officer Selection Process January TBD: Special Session for Professional Scouters Only February TBD: The New Venturing Part 1– Unit Level Changes March TBD: The New Venturing Part 2– Council through National Changes April TBD: Venturing Trainings/Purpose of Venturing Officers’ Associations May TBD: Open Microphone Month (Send us your Questions)

*Webinars will be available via one week after recording live. PAGE


Venturing at the 2013 National Jamboree

Venturing Newsletters If you are interested in reading older copies of the Central Region Area 3 Venturing Update, they can be found on the Central Region Venturing Website at: These newsletters contain all sorts of announcements and information for Venturing events happening across the region, and many national updates and announcements. The current Central Region Venturing Newsletter can be found at: PAGE


Meet your 2013-14 CR Area 3 Venturing Officers Lizzie Schneider– Area 3 Venturing President Elizabeth Schneider (Lizzie) is from the Greater St. Louis Area Council and lives in Florissant, Missouri. She is attending Lindenwood University in the fall to pursue a degree in secondary education and mathematics. In her council, Lizzie currently serves as the Greater St. Louis Area Council Venturing Vice President of Administration. She has also served as the North Star District Vice President of Program, Crew 2829 President, and Crew 2829 Vice President of Communications. Lizzie has earned the Pope Pius XII Award, has received the Council Venturing Leadership Award, and serves as a member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. She has completed ILSC and NYLT. Lizzie served as a youth staff member for a 2012 & 2013 Venturing NYLT courses. Over the upcoming term, Lizzie’s vision for the year is to work directly with councils within the Area to maintain a high level of efficiency and to provide fun, meaningful opportunities for all.

Alex Johar– Area 3 Venturing VP of Administration The 2013-2014 Central Region Area 3 Vice President of Administration is Alex Johar. With a total of 10 years in scouting, Alex has been involved in Venturing for 3 years as a part of Crew 809 in Chesterfield, MO. As a part of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Alex has served as the New Horizons District Vice President of Program for 2012-2013 as well Crew 809 Vice President of Communication. He has also taken on many leadership positions in Troop 809, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout with Bronze, Gold, and Silver palms. Alex is currently a junior at Christian Brothers College High School, where he is in the Honors program. He is an officer in the National Honor Society, a member of the Scholar Bowl team, a leader of the Robotics team, and is active in theatre. Alex played football and continues to play tennis and racquetball for CBC and has been selected to participate in Boys State during the summer.

As Central Region Area 3 Venturing Vice President of Administration, Alex would like to increase youth participation and interaction throughout the area.

Venturing Leadership Award Toolkit Looking for suggestions on how to set up a selection committee for selecting your council’s Venturing Leadership Award recipients? Check out this toolkit of suggestions created by past CR Area 3 Venturing President, and current Central Region Venturing President, Christina Vogt. Toolkit Link: PAGE


Meet your 2013-14 CR Area 3 Venturing Officers Rachel Bisch– Area 3 Venturing VP of Program Rachel Bisch has been a Venturer for 4 years as a part of Crew 685 in Kirkwood, MO. Rachel served as the Area 3 Venturing Vice President of Program for 2012-2013, the Greater St. Louis Area Council VOA President for 2011-2012, as well as the New Horizon District Vice President of Program, Crew Webmaster, and Crew Program Coordinator. Rachel has completed the VLSC, NYLT, NAYLE, staffed a Kodiak Challenge course, earned the Religious Life Bronze Award, the Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award, the Pope Pius XII Award, and received the Venturing Leadership Award at the Council and Area levels. Rachel was the youth chair for the first St. Louis After Dark Mobile Lock-in, served as staff for the Area 3 Venturing Conference and the Fall Fun Rally in St. Louis, as well as helped in teaching the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course at multiple events. She has completed a Philmont trek while serving as the cook. Rachel attends Bradley University in Peoria, IL, studying engineering. As Central Region Area 3 Venturing Vice President of Program, Rachel hopes to encourage attendance at Area 3 events such as the Area 3 Conference. She would like to take advantage of web opportunities to encourage communication and get more youth in the area to go out of their council and attend events.

Maddy Kangas– Area 3 Venturing VP of Communication Madeline Kangas (Maddy) is a part of the Prairielands Council. Maddy served as the Council President for 2012-2013 and Vice President of Communication for 2011-2012, as well as serving as President of Crew 1 from Urbana, IL. In her 3 years of Venturing, Maddy has been to Northern Tier twice, served as the crew leader on her trek at Philmont, and attended the Roving Outdoor Conservation School individual trek at Philmont this summer. She was an instructor in the first ILSC offered by her council. In addition, she has earned the Outdoor Bronze Award, the Gold Award, and the Silver Award. Maddy attends the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. As Central Region Area 3 Venturing Vice President of Communication, Maddy wants to establish stronger ties with councils in the area to ensure greater rates of success.

Venturing Peer to Peer Recruitment The National Venturing Cabinet has put together a customizable recruitment kit for units and councils to use when recruiting new youth members. Check out the fliers and recruitment materials on the national website. Peer to Peer Link:



Area 3 Venturing Committee Area 3 Venturing President Email: Lizzie Schneider, Greater St. Louis Area Council Email: TF Area 3 Sea Scout Vice Commodore Scouting Bio: Bob Schmidt, Abraham Lincoln Council Email: Task Force Area 3 Sea Scout Boatswain Katie Bruton, Greater St. Louis Area Council Area 3 Associate Advisor - Administration Email: Julie Ramsey, Prairielands Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Area 3 Venturing V.P. of Administration Alex Johar, Greater St. Louis Area Council Area 3 Associate Advisor - Program Email: Amanda Vogt, Greater St. Louis Area Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Area 3 Venturing V.P. of Program Rachel Bisch, Greater St. Louis Area Council Area 3 Associate Advisor - Communication Email: Eric Mircsov, Greater St. Louis Area Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Area 3 Venturing V.P. of Communication Maddy Kangas, Prairielands Council Area 3 Northern Cluster Venturing Coordinator Email: Ina Pearsall, Illowa Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Area 3 Venturing Advisor/Chair Bob Vogt, Greater St. Louis Area Council Area 3 Central Cluster Venturing Coordinator Email: John Gunyon, W.D. Boyce Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Task Force Area 3 Sea Scout Commodore Bill Hamilton, Greater St. Louis Area Council Area 3 Southern Cluster Venturing Coordinator Email: Dennis Gunderson, Lewis & Clark Council Scouting Bio: Email: Scouting Bio: Task Force Area 3 Sea Scout Trainer David Whitney, Greater St. Louis Area Council Email: TF Area 3 Sea Scout Vice Commodore Lev Reynolds, Lewis & Clark Council

Council Standards of Venturing Excellence Award The main purpose of the Area Venturing Youth Officers and Committee members is to promote council success and to offer resources to councils and local crews. In order to do that we need you to take a few minutes and help us out. The Council Standards of Venturing Excellence is an award designed to be a checklist of best practices for councils to have successful Venturing programs. We need each council to take a few minutes and fill out this form and submit it. Even if you don’t qualify for the award this year, it will give us suggestions of ways to help your council best during this next year. Link for the form: PAGE


We’re Ordering T-Shirts for Area 3!!! The next newsletter will contain pricing information and final design photos.

T-Shirt Wording: Servant Leader At Work Serving from the Back Leading from the Front Central Region Area 3 Venturing

Meanwhile if you are interested in more information on getting one of these shirts please email us at: with your name, shirt size, and quantity you might be interested in ordering. This doesn’t automatically order the shirt for you, but it will allow us to get a closer quote on the price of the t-shirts. We will contact everyone that is interested directly before placing the order. We are hoping the cost (including shipping) will be between $10-$15.

Area 3 Venturing Facebook Groups Did you know that your council has a Venturing Facebook Group? Many of our councils have developed their own Facebook Groups. Those that did not have one had one established by the Central Region Venturing Communication Committee. They will be serving as the group administrator until a local youth or adult steps forwards to administer the group. The following are the links to each of our council’s Venturing Facebook Groups: Area 3 Venturing Facebook Group:

Abraham Lincoln Venturing Facebook Group:

Glacier's Edge Venturing Facebook Group:

Greater St. Louis Area Venturing Facebook:

Hawkeye Area Venturing Facebook Group:

Illowa Venturing Facebook Group:


Northeast Iowa Venturing Facebook Group:

Potawatomi Area Venturing Facebook Group:

Prairielands Venturing Facebook Group:

Three Harbors Venturing Facebook Group:

W. D. Boyce Venturing Facebook Group:

Lewis & Clark Venturing Facebook Group:

Winnebago Venturing Facebook Group:

Lincoln Trails Venturing Facebook Group:

Mississippi Valley Venturing Facebook PAGE


Central Region Venturing Area 3 Newsletter - August 2013  

Central Region Area 3 Venturing includes councils in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

Central Region Venturing Area 3 Newsletter - August 2013  

Central Region Area 3 Venturing includes councils in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.