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The Central Point Newsletter of Central Region Venturing | BSA September Newsletter 2013

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Area 7 Venturing Extravaganza Are all you guys ready for the 3rd annual Area 7 Extravaganza! This year our Extravaganza will be on Saturday October 5th, 2013 at Rainbow Scout Reservation in Morris, Illinois. Registration begins at 8 am and a bonfire will wrap up the day by 9 pm. The cost for those registering before September 27th is $30 per person, after is $35 per person. Lunch and dinner will be provided. This year’s event will have all of the old favorites from years past, such as a wide variety of shooting opportunities including shotgun shooting, archery, and pistol shooting. The Area 7 Venturing Top Shot competition has returned, and the trophy will pass to a new winner....or will it? This year competitors will also have the opportunity to utilize previously unavailable firearms! The extremely fun high COPE course is of course available again. Everyone make sure to register early to ensure a spot. Other returning events include Dutch Oven cooking and climbing. While we have many returning events, do not think that the Extravaganza will be the same as years previous! This year’s theme is the Olympic games, so bring your game face, a competitive spirit, and some friends to help give you a boost in our group competitions. Make sure you’re on the look out because more details on events are to come! Interested in camping? Want to make it a weekend? Camping is available for free to all registered participants for both Friday and Saturday nights. We are so excited to see everyone there and can’t wait to have a blast! You can contact Katlin Adams or Kris Zahrobsky with any questions and/or concerns, or send an email to:!

Register today at: component/dtregister/?controller=event&task=options&eventId=191.

In This Issue: Area 7 Extravaganza


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience 2 Caption Contest


Fall Fun Rally


Area 4 Training Conference


Area 61-5Pages


Area 6-7 Pages


Area 5 Fun Event


President’s Corner


Venturing Oath: As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and to help strengthen America. To help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.

Name That Camp!!

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is a leadership course that builds off of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Over the course of a week, participants take the leadership skills they have already learned and apply them to real-world situations. For example, using communication skills, participants might learn proper radio codes and then use those codes during a Search and Rescue exercise. Pictured below, participants created fake skin and fake blood as part of a realistic First Aid exercise that involved developing teamwork skills.

Each edition of the Central Point will feature a photo from a Boy Scout camp in the Central Region. Can you name that camp?

This Month:

Held at Philmont Scout Ranch and a part of the Philmont Training Center, NAYLE is held at Rayado Ridge Leadership Mesa. The summer of 2013 was the first time NAYLE courses were held here! Participants also get to explore the backcountry of Philmont on an overnight backpacking trip. Are you interested in attending NAYLE? Prerequisites include having attended NYLT and holding/ having held a Crew leadership position. For more information, go to http:// PTC/YouthPrograms/ NAYLE.aspx.

Last Month:

~ Emily Mausshardt

Did You Know… 

You use 14 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. Keep Smiling!

The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.

Flintlock Village at Camp Napowan Northwest Suburban Council Wild Rose, Wisconsin

If you would like your photo to be a “Name that Camp?” clue, please email it to Emily Mausshardt at

Area 4 Training Conference

Membership Standard— Implementation Support This fall, the BSA will release training materials designed to assist councils in communicating policies and guidelines related to the new membership standards. It is recognized that there is no way the BSA can answer every possible question that may arise. Ultimately, people in leadership positions must exercise good judgment, all the time asking the key question they have always asked: “What is in the best interest of the youth we serve?” At the heart of the implementation of the new standards is the recognition that as if continue to focus on what is best for youth and we follow our successful youth protection guidelines, implementing the more inclusive membership standards will allow us to continue offering excellent programming to youth. Guidelines for implementation issues are available through a new BSA website: Membership_Standards.aspx. Membership information to support Venturing is available through the Central Region Venturing website: Overview/. ~ Ken King Central Region Venturing Associate Advisor of Administration

Getting started in your VOA can be tough. Don’t worry! There is an Area 4 VOA Training Conference in Zanesville, Ohio on October 4-6. For the first time, there will be classes for youth and advisors to learn the purpose of the VOA and understand the Venturing advancement changes taking place in January. You will be able to meet the Area 4 and Central Region President and help plan the Spring Fun Event! This will be the perfect place to connect with other youth in our area, get ideas for your VOA, and get excited about Venturing in Area 4! ~Hampton Zobrist

Fall Fun Rally—Area 3 Fun Event

“The spirit is there in every Hey Venturers! As the Central Region Area 3 Venturing President, I (Scouter); it has to be discovered could not be more excited for the upcoming Area 3 Fall Fun event known and brought to light.” nationally as the Fall Fun Rally. There are plenty of reasons for you to join us in our fun on September 27-29, 2013, and plenty of people that have recognized those reaLast Month’s Picture: This Month’s Picture: sons. Nearly 900 attendees from 12 different states and 105 different units have registered, all of which are ready to travel to Beaumont Scout Reservation near St. Louis, MO. During this weekend, we will celebrate the 15thanniversary of Venturing by hosting countless activities, selling commemorative anniversary patches and other items, Area 7 taking a break from training to and being superheroes at the FanDon’t you wish it could be this easy? explore Chicago...on a boat! tastic Fortieth Fall Fun Rally!! It's coming up at the end of the month, We know you can do better than this caption! Send in your caption, name, and council you are from to If you win, your caption will be so the question is, are you ready?!

Caption Contest

~ Lizzie Schneider

featured in next month’s newsletter and on our Facebook page. Check back next month to see who wins.

Area 1

Area 2

Upcoming events:

Upcoming Events:

September 27-29th, 2013, Smileys Fall Venturing Event, Rhinelander, WI

President: Mikaela Boston

No upcoming events. If you have an event you would like listed here, please submit it to event_submission.php.

Advisor: Chris Sandberg

Area 3 Upcoming events: September 13th-15th, 2013, Leave No Trace/Tread Lightly Trainer Training, Camp Drake, Oakwood, IL September 27th-29th, 2013, Fall Fun Rally, High Ridge, MO September 27th-29th, 2013, Wood Badge, Peoria, IL October 25th-27th, 2013, Certified Angler Instructor Training, Farmington, MO Also, check out Area 3’s YouTube page!

President: Elizabeth Schneider

President: Jasmine Dittel Advisor: Jeff Geralds

Area 4 Upcoming Events:

Advisor: Bob Vogt

Area 5 Upcoming Events:

September 13th-15th, 2013, Kodiak, Sunbury, OH October 4th-6th, 2013, Area 4 Training Conference, Zanesville, OH

September 13th-15th, 2013, Powder Horn, Bonner Spring, KS October 19th-20th, 2013, Area 5 Fun Event, Kansas City, MO President: Henry Gunther President: Mallory Ware Advisor: Julie Dalton

Advisor: Duane Zobrist

Area 6

Area 7

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Events:

No upcoming events. If you have an event you would like listed here, please submit it to event_submission.php.

October 5th, 2013, Area 7 Venturing Extravaganza, Morris, IL

President: Mandi Forsythe Advisor: Carla Gargas

The Zombies are Coming! The zombies are coming! The zombies are coming? Are you prepared? In just under one month, Area 5 Venturing will be taking over Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri! Area 5’s Fun Event will be happening October 19-20, 2013. More information will be available shortly! If you haven’t been to an Area 5 event before, check out the pictures below to see all that they offer!

March 1st, 2014, Area 7 Venturing Conference, Gurnee, IL April 11th-13th, 2014, Powder Horn, Oregon, IL

June 30th-July 5th, 2014, National Youth Leadership Training: Eagle Claw, Morris, IL August 8th-10th, 2014, Scout Air Fest, Romeoville, IL

President: Katlin Adams Advisor: Kris Zahrobsky

Submit your Venturing event on the Central Region Website! Go to and click on the “submit a calendar event” button on the lower left side of the page. Fill out the form, and now you will be able reach thousands of Venturers to come to your event!

President’s Corner Hey Central Region! Fall is here and it’s time for those great weekend camping trips, but it is also the most important time of the year. The fall is a great time for recruiting new youth in to your crew. A great way to recruit new youth is to have an Open House where people can come and learn all about your crew. Make it a challenge for current crew members to have the most friends there. Have some games ready or a picture slide show to get people excited about the great program opportunities of Venturing. An even better way to promote your crew is to use the Peer to Peer Recruitment Program! You can order the Peer to Peer packets at Venturing.aspx for free! This program has multiple handouts that can help get the word out about your crew, but it also has brochures on what Venturing is all about. No matter how you are recruiting it’s important to be doing it year round, but the fall is a great time to have a big Open House to promote your crew. Have a great beginning to fall sitting around the campfire and having great AdVentures! ~Christina Vogt

Central Region Venturing President: Christina Vogt Central Region Venturing Advisor: Keith Gehlhausen Central Region Venturing Vice President of Communications: Emily Mausshardt 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 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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