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And the 2016 Central Region Venturing Fun Event is…

July Newsletter 2015

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In This Issue... Summer’s Last Bash


Central Region Venturing Officers Orientation 2 Getting to know the National Venturing President 3

With sand between your toes and the sunset over the lake, there is no better place to end your summer than at the Summer’s Last Bash. From beach volleyball competitions to sailing races and luaus, the Summer’s Last Bash will have all of the beach and water activities you would want to end your summer just right. We look forward to seeing you next year August 5-7, 2016 at Camp Illinek in Springfield, Illinois for the 2016 Central Region Venturing Fun Event. Make sure to check for the latest updates on Summer’s Last Bash information. -Katie Bruton

The Central Connection


Area Pages


President’s Corner


Central Region Venturing Officers Orientation From June 19-21, the 2015-2016 Central Region and Area officers and advisors gathered at Lindenwood University to learn how to better equip themselves for their term as officers. Previous National, Central Region and Area officers, who led different sessions covering topics such as, ‘How to Start a Council VOA ‘to’ Table Manners and Etiquette, joined the current officers. Chelsea Davis, the current Southern Region Venturing President, Douglas Taylor, the current Southern Region Vice President of Administration, and Jennifer Hancock, the Southern Region Venturing Advisor also joined them.

The first annual Central Region Venturing Dinner was held Saturday night. There, the installation of the new officers took place, as well as a recap of the past term from the 2014-2015 CR Venturing President, Emily Mausshardt. Area and Region Venturing Leadership Awards were presented.

The Keith Gehlhausen Servant Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ken King. Also at the dinner, the 2016 Central Region Venturing Fun Event was announced. The group then headed to downtown St. Louis to the City Museum to have some fun after a weekend full of learning. Your officers are equipped with the tools to be successful in serving the Central Region this term! -Jenny Bullock

Getting to know the National Venturing President Edward Abraham, the 2015-2016 National Venturing President Where are you from? “I was born in Redwood City, California, which is in the Western Region. I attend San Jose State University and am majoring in Mechanical Engineering.”

How’d you get involved with Venturing? “I got involved with Venturing because I was passionate about the outdoors and just loved exploring new outdoor adventures. Venturing gave me the opportunity to go outdoors and experience new activities with my best friends.” What is your favorite aspect of Venturing? “My favorite aspect of Venturing is how it is youth run and driven. It gives youth the opportunity to learn from their success and mistakes.” How has Venturing made an impact on you? “Venturing has made me passionate about being conservation driven. I like to call myself a steward of the land, all thanks to the Venturing program.” What’s your favorite activity you’ve done through Venturing? “My favorite activity I’ve done with Venturing was when I went snow camping with my crew for the first time. We backpacked with snowshoes and sleds, made a snow kitchen, went sledding, had a giant snowball fight, and had amazing food. Amazing times with amazing friends.”

Go to for more information on the National Youth Venturing Cabinet.

Did You Know? Did you know that the Central Region has an email list for the Central Point? You can get the Central Point delivered straight to your inbox! Follow this link to sign-up and tell your fellow Venturers!

The Central Connection Did you know that the Central Region has a Youtube channel? There are interviews with people from all around the Central Region, as well as informational videos about Venturing! Go to and subscribe!

Name That Camp! Last Month’s Camp was… Camp Wilderness, Northern Lights Council, Minnesota- Area 1 Has your crew done something adventurous this summer, or is planning to? We want to know what’s going on in the Central Region! Email your crew’s story at to be featured in next month’s Central Point!

Can you name this Central Region camp? Find out in next month’s edition of the Central Point!

Area 1

Area 2

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

July 4-11, 2015, Kodiak-NSC, Birchwood, WI

August 21-23, 2015, Powder Horn 2015- PFC, Twin Lake, MI

July 10-12, 2015, BayJammer, Marinette, WI August 27-29, 2015, Wood Badge C1-635-15, Kiel, WI

President: Jacob Hardy Adivsor: Jeff Geralds

President: Rachel Cruse Advisor: Helen Lockwood

Area 3

Area 4

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

August 14-16, 2015, Wood Badge C3-312-15-2, Silva, MO July 24-26, 2015, Wood Badge C4-450-15, Wakeman, OH September 25-27, 2015, Fall Fun Rally, St. Louis, MO

August 7-9, 2015, Wood Badge C4-441-15, Portsmouth, OH August 28-30, 2015, Wood Badge C4-433-15, Peninsula, OH

President: Chris Mausshardt

President: Michael Gunther

Advisor: Bob Vogt

Advisor: Duane Zobrist

Area 5

Area 6

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events: July 31-August 2, 2015, 48th Annual Makahiki Festival, July 5-11, 2015, Venturing Summer Camp, Oskaloosa, KS Warsaw, IN August 7-9, 2015, Venturing Zombie Apocalypse July 5-11, 2015, Powder Horn, Oskaloosa, KS Weekend, Pioneer, OH July 26-31, 2015, Venture Quest 2015, Eureka Springs August 21-23, 2015, Wood Badge C6-157-15, Ashley, IN Beaver Lake, AR

President: Russell Seibert

President: Amber Richter

Advisor: Julie Dalton

Advisor: Carla Gargas

Area 7 Upcoming Events: July 26-August 1, 2015, NYLT-Xtreme, Laona, WI Auguat 14-16, 2015, Wood Badge C7-751-15, Trevor, WI

President: Kaia Ball Advisor: Rachel Zahrobsky


President’s Corner Hey Central Region! I hope your summer is sizzlin’ with Venturing fun! I know that I’ve already had so many amazing experiences in New York, New Jersey, St. Louis and Dallas. One of the coolest parts of Venturing is meeting new people and making friends with so many amazing people from across the country. This past month, I had the opportunity to meet hundreds of Scouts and find a whole new set of friends in this program, and in July, I am excited to meet 30,000 Scouts from around the world at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan! Only in scouting can you meet so many people of different cultures, and it is amazing think that we can all have friends across the country. A lot of people shy away from meeting new people and making new friends, but this month, I want to challenge each of you to go outside of your comfort zone and talk to the new people you meet and make lifelong friends. Everyone comes from a different background and has a different story, and you can learn so much for everyone you meet. These people will change the person who you are and will help shape the life you will live, and you only regret your decision to not meet people. While you’re having fun this summer, complete this challenge! You’ll never know who you could meet until you meet them! Have a great summer leading the adventure!

Yours in Venturing,

Brian Parro Central Region Venturing President

Central Region Venturing President:

Brian Parro

Central Region Venturing Advisor:

Kris Zahrobsky

Central Region Vice President of Communications:

Jennifer Bullock

Central Region Venturing Associate Advisor for Communications:

Deb Keyes

Venturing is a Scouting program for male and female youth ages 13-21 that lets youth experience new activities, build leadership skills, earn awards, make new friends, and of course have fun. The Central Region is one of the four regions of the Boy Scouts of America. This region includes the states of: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia.

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Central Region Venturing Newsletter - the Central Point - July 2015  

The territory spanned by the Central Region includes council headquarter cities in thirteen states, including all of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas,...