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Newsletter of the Central Region | Boy Scouts of America October Newsletter 2015

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Area 7 Extravaganza! The Area 7 Extravaganza will be at Rainbow Scout Reservation in Morris, IL on October 3, 2015!! The Extravaganza is a day to have fun and meet new Venturers from all over Area 7! We will be having climbing, COPE, and pistol, shotgun, and archery shooting. We will also be having 2 Inflatables, Dutch Oven demos, and other fun activities. Walk--in registration is accepted! The price will be $45, cash or checks made payable to Boy Scouts of America. Your cost includes lunch, dinner, and a patch. Registration will be held from 7:00 --8:00am. The program will run from 8:00am -- 8:00pm. Hope to see you there!

--Emilio Cerda, CR Area 7 Vice President of Program

Area 7 Fun Event .................. …1 Mark your Calendars! .............. 2 Area 1 Update ............................ .3 Results from #SummerofVenturing .................4 Fall Fun Rally 2015 ................... .5 Advisor’s Minute ....................... .6 Area Pages .................................. .7 President’s Corner ....................8

Lead the Adventure!

A Spooktastic Event in The Central Region, Area 5 Venturing Leadership Conference will be held on November 21, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka, KS There will be more information to follow. Come Join other Area 5 Venturers and build your unit networks. Youth Program to include Introduction to Leadership for Crews (ILSC), Project Management, Mentoring Trainings and more. Adult Classes will include Advisor Specific Training, Crew Committee Challenge, Kodiak Directors and Powder Horn Directors course. Learn about the Venturing Officers Association and their roles at the Council, Area, and Regional levels. So come on out and assist us in Leading the Adventure! --Roger Schneider, CR Area 5 Associate Advisor of Program

Ohio! Come join us October 30th through November 1st at the Area 6 Venturing Halloweekend!! This wonderful event will be held at Camp Friedlander of Dan Beard Council, in Loveland, Ohio. Your weekend is going to be jam--packed with shooting sports, a scavenger hunt, cooking competition, and various Halloween--themed games. There will be a Masquerade ball so bring your costumes!! Many Spooktacular events are soon to come! It is all at the price of $20.00 and we hope to have you come and enjoy this wonderful weekend with us! See you there! Registration link:

This January, Area 2 will be gathering for the annual Area 2 Venturing Leadership Conference to discuss Venturing in the Area and beyond. The conference is a great opportunity for Venturers and advisors to connect with other crews and to learn about opportunities available through the Venturing program. More information will be available shortly along with details on how to register. --Erin Dunne, CR Area 2 Vice President of Program

The Area 3 Leadership Conference will be held on January 29--30 in the Normal, IL area. Be on the lookout for more information about this great event that will offer tools and tips for you to Lead the Adventure! --Chance Ziegler, CR Area 3 Vice President of Program

--Olivia Stacey, CR Area 6 Vice President of Program

Kickback and Have Fun! This year, Area 2 is excited to announce that we will be continuing our tradition of collaborating with President Ford Field Service Council to put on the Area 2 Venturing Kickback Weekend February 19--21, 2016. This weekend draws Venturing Crews from all over Area 2 and offers participants the opportunity to try various winter and outdoor activities. Past favorites have included snowmobiling, cross country skiing and shooting sports. Stay tuned for more information and how to register! --Erin Dunne, CR Area 2 Vice President of Program

Area 1 has been very busy these past few months! Those of you who follow us on social media can probably attest that we have been posting many updates about upcoming activities. The Area 1 Venturing Leadership Event is on Nov. 13--15, 2015. We will be staying at the Country Inn & Suites in Menomonie, WI. Our conference classes will also be hosted there. There will be classes, food, friends, opportunities to network and brainstorm with other crews, and a fun activity Saturday night. Space is limited, so register early! The registration link and final costs will be coming out within a few weeks. The Area 1 Venturing Fun Event is on Jan. 22--24, 2016. Our theme is Ice Age, so come prepared in your winter gear because most of the fun and games will be outdoors! We will have all kinds of winter activities throughout Friday night and Saturday, including hiking the Ice Age trail. This event will be held at Camp Phillips in Haugen, WI (and yes, we will be staying indoors as opposed to tenting in the snow). We want to see as many people attend this as possible, so mark your calendar now and bring all your friends for a great time shaking off that cabin fever! In other news, Area 1 has a newsletter written for the first time in several years! Ariana Herman, our VP of Communications, has done a wonderful job on it. Keep your eyes peeled for that to come out. She has also made a poster for the Leadership Event and is posting that on social media. Please use this to share with friends, staff, volunteers, or anyone else who may be interested. Finally, we want to quickly give a shoutout to our councils who are hosting great events! Bay--Lakes Council wrapped up their summer with Bayjammers, an awesome weekend that had high turnouts. Bay--Lakes is also hosting a Venturing Girls’ Weekend on Oct. 9--11 that will include favorites like shooting, climbing, and COPE. Sioux Council is also hosting an event on Oct. 9--11 called the Fall Fun Festival. The whole weekend is Halloween themed and will include shooting, silent movies, and a costume contest. Thanks for all that you do, Venturers! If ever you have questions or concerns (or future ARTICLES for our newsletter or publicity!), feel free to reach out to us at --Rachel Cruse, CR Area 1 Venturing President

Area Spotlight!

Area 1 Update!

Results from #SummerofVenturing August 31 was #SummerofVenturing day on social media and we loved seeing all of your adventures from this summer! This day was a great success and it could not have been done without your contributions. Here are results from this day: --Approximately 224,923 impressions on social media. --We reached an estimated 47,359 people. --The Bryan on Scouting article received approximately 341 shares on Facebook.

Save the Date!

Join us August 5--7, 2016 for Summer’s Last Bash (SLB)! Just because the day is over, doesn’t mean you stop Taking place at Camp Illinek in telling everyone your adventures! Be sure to use the hashtags #CRVenturing and #LeadtheAdventure and we Springfield, Illinois, the SLB will be a fun-filled weekend of onmight feature yours in the next edition of the Central the-water and beach activities Point! to help you end your summer --Jenny Bullock, CR Vice President of Communications with a bang! Some of the many activities will include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and What made you fall in love with the Venturing program? tug of war. Make sure to stay tuned for more information as it What skills, memories, and friendships through comes! We will see you all Venturing are you thankful for? On Wednesday, there! November 25, we want to read your reasons why you Check out this video: are #ThankfulforVenturing. Maybe you are thankful because you have had the opportunity to travel around --Katie Bruton, CR VP of the country or maybe because you have learned life Program skills in the program. Whatever your reasons may be, we want to read about them on social media! So on November 25, use #ThankfulforVenturing and #CRVenturing and let us know! We will feature some of our favorites in the December edition of the Central Point. Lead the Adventure!


--Jenny Bullock, CR Vice President of Communications

The 42nd Fall Fun Rally was a huge success with other 1,200 participants in attendance. There were over 90 events this year, many of which fit into the theme of Star Wars. There was a full discover scuba experience, climbing wall, caving, and much more. This year, we offered many trainings: ILSC, Photography, Time Management, and more! It was huge success and lots of fun. We hope to see everyone next year!

Name that Camp!

--Chris Mausshardt, CR Area 3 President

Can you name this Central Region camp? (Hint: It is related to the Fall Fun Rally!) Find out the answer in next month’s edition of the Central Point!

Advisor’s Minute Hello Venturers and Advisors! As many of you know, October just happens to be one of my favorite months. With the mix of the cooling weather, leaves changing color, and the frightful fun of Halloween, grab your favorite pumpkin--flavored item and let's start the adventure! September was a great and busy month. Some highlights include getting to see the Northeast Pennsylvania Council VOA in action, seeing our very own Brian Parro report at the Central Region Board Meeting in Omaha, and spending time with 1200 of our best Scouting friends at the legendary Fall Fun Rally in St. Louis! Once again, it is easy to see that Venturing is very much alive and well!

This month, I want you to take a few moments to reflect on your Venturing and Scouting careers. Do you remember who encouraged you to continue on your journey? Do you remember who inspired you to excel and rise to your current role? Maybe it was another youth, or an officer? Was it an adult advisor or professional? Was it a family member or friend? Take a moment and reflect back on that experience. Here's my challenge for the month. Help be that change you experienced, and help positively influence another Venturer or Adult to take that next step. I am happy to report so many of the positive feedback and comments I have received on so many of our Central Region team. I want to thank you for all the work you are doing, and continue to do! As we are not only members of the Venturing family, but members of the Scouting family overall! Because of you, our image is a very bright and green one! So, as I close this article for the month, there is only one question left to ask: "What's your favorite scary movie?" Because while adventure can be climbing the side of a mountain or hiking that long and winding trail, it can also be exploring the unknown corners of your mind during a frightening movie or TV show. Here's to a spooky and safe October!

Kris Zahrobsky Central Region Venturing Advisor

Events to Look Forward to… Area 1

Area 2

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

October 9--11, 2015, Fall Fun Festival, Yankton, SD

October 2--4, 2015, Seabadge, Clare, MI

November 13--15, 2015, Area 1 Venturing Leadership Conference, Menomonie, WI

February 5--7, 2016, Celebrating the Winter Adventure Woodbade, Jeddo, MI

President: Rachel Cruse

President: Jacob Hardy

Advisor: Helen Lockwood

Adivsor: Jeff Geralds

Area 3

Area 4

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

January 29--30, 2015, Area 3 Venturing Leadership Conference, Normal, IL

October 2--5, 2015, Area 4 Venturing Leadership and Planning Conference, Coshocton, OH October 3, 2015, Area 4 Conference, Zanesville, OH

President: Chris Mausshardt

April 22--24, 2016, WorldFest 2016, Kinsington, OH

Advisor: Bob Vogt

President: Michael Gunther Advisor: Duane Zobrist

Area 5

Area 6

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

November 21, 2015, Area 5 Leadership Conference, Topeka, KS President: Russell Seibert

October 30 – November 1, 2015, Halloweekend, Loveland, OH

Advisor: Julie Dalton President: Amber Richter Advisor: Carla Gargas

Area 7 Upcoming Events:

October 3, 2015, Area 7 Venturing Extravaganza, Morris, IL President: Kaia Ball


Advisor: Rachel Zahrobsky!

President’s Corner Hey Central Region! Isn’t this a great time of year? The leaves are just beginning to change colors, the temperatures are cooling, and we are entering the countdown to Halloween! In the past, I’ve talked a lot about recruiting and retention for Venturing, but this month, I want us to focus on service. Service is one of the pillars of the ALPS program model for Venturing, and thus is vital to who we are as Venturers, and it is an integral part to who we are as Scouts. Messengers of Peace is an international program of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) that is all about service that leads to peace. It was founded in 2011 and is meant to inspire youth to want to work towards creating a better world. One of the cool parts of Messengers of Peace is that you can share the service projects you are doing online, and see what other people around the world are doing too. Through this program, we can see how Scouts are able to make a difference in their communities, all over the world. Plus, if you complete the Messengers of Peace requirements, you can wear a special patch on your Venturing uniform. Check out more information at FactSheet.aspx

Whether you are serving others or serving the Earth, I encourage you to share it with Messengers of Peace. Youth can have an enormous impact, and I challenge everyone to use the month of October to find new ways to serve. Whether it is something big or small, service makes a difference just like a pebble in the water. Your service will inspire others to serve, which will make the world a better place. After all, that’s why WOSM’s motto is Creating a Better World.

Yours in Service,

Brian M 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

About our Organization… 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

Central Region Venturing Newsletter - the Central Point - October 2015  

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

Central Region Venturing Newsletter - the Central Point - October 2015  

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