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Southern Region Winter 2018

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our blessing and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.

Happy Holidays From the Southern Region VOA.

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Happy Holidays everyone! We're issuing a challenge to all Venturers. We want to see the best and most creative Scouting appropriate Venturing parody of one of these three classic wintery songs: Jingle Bells 12 Days of Christmas Deck the Halls Crews can either send in their lyrics or they can submit a video of the crew singing their song. The deadline is December 22nd, so get with your Crew and see what creative outcomes... come out! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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WINTERFEST February 8-10


Gatlinburg TN Winterfest is taking place in Gatlinburg February 8 – 10, 2019. Your unit will experience an exciting weekend of competition unmatched by any other event in the United States! Sign up to be notified of Event Guide Updates as they are published! Winterfest Updates Notification Signup This service is through Remind and you can sign up with either your email address or a phone number if you prefer a text message. We will also send out a notification when registration opens. We intentionally “over program” Winterfest so your youth cannot do everything that is offered. This keeps the interest level high among youth across multiple years – our goal is for your youth to participate several years in a row!

For more info message srvvpprogram@gmail.com

WINTERFEST February 8-10



Talent Show * Video Contest * Amateur Radio * Cast iron Chef * Live Marion Karts * Moots Court * Anchor Dive * Canoe Rely * Carboard Boat Regatta * Knot Tying Relay * Bouldering * Climbing Wall * Rope Climb * Denver Drill * Triply Lay * z-Drag * Accident Investigation * Crisis Negotiation * Officer Down * Robbery in Progress * 3Gun * Archery Competition * Egg Drop * Horsepower * Dodgeball * Cornhole * Bowling * and sooooooo MUCH MORE!!


Beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. The new Order of the Arrow membership requirements are as follows: -- Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America. -- Have experienced 15 nights of camping while registered with a troop, crew, or ship within the two years immediately prior to the election. The 15 nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of at least five consecutive nights of overnight camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. Only five nights of the long-term camp may be credited toward the 15-night camping requirement; the balance of the camping (10 nights) must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps of, at most, three nights each. Ship nights may be counted as camping for Sea Scouts. -- At the time of their election, youth must be under the age of 21, hold the Scouts BSA First Class rank, the Venturing Discovery Award, or the Sea Scout Ordinary rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor or Sea Scout Skipper, be elected by the youth members of their unit. Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee. Our commitment to our unchanging mission and purpose remains steadfast, and we are excited to welcome others who share that commitment by extending membership in Scouting’s National Honor Society to participants of all older youth programs. We look forward to having female members in 2019 and know that, like all of our OA members, they will serve as role models and inspirations to others – both within the Boy Scouts of America and beyond. We anticipate that you may have some questions. Please be sure to read the FAQ section below. We will have more information at the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which will be held July 30 – August 4, 2018, and we will continue to release additional information as it becomes available in order to assist our lodges with implementation. We look forward to sharing what the OA has to offer with more young people and appreciate your support of this exciting new direction.

FAQs Q. Will camping be counted retroactively for those currently in Venturing and Sea Scouts? Yes. Camping that has taken place within the two years immediately prior to the election will be counted beginning February 1, 2019. This camping must have taken place while an individual was registered with the BSA as a program participant and must be while participating with a BSA Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship. Q. Can I be elected into the OA if I am over the age of 18? Yes. As long as you are under the age of 21 at the time the election is held. If you are over 21, you will need to go through the adult selection process. Q. When will the OA literature be updated to reflect these changes? We are planning that all literature will be updated by Summer of 2019. Q. Will we still be able to wear lodge flaps on any female uniforms that may be created? Yes. We continue to work with BSA National Supply to help ensure that the current OA lodge flap shape and size will be accommodated.

All Scouts welcomed. Come celebrate Venturing and our incredible Scouters! Hosted by Southern Region Venturing, BSA. About this Event Our brunch will not only celebrate Southern Region Venturing but also the youth and adults who make incredible change in our program. Expect to see the Southern Region VOA, Area VOA, and our Council VOAs, along with a presentation for Venturing Leadership Awards, Summit Award Recipients, and other awards. Our attire for this morning will be field uniform. If you have any food allergies or other inquiries, please us know at srvpadmin@gmail.com

Sam Houston Area Council

December 26th-31st 2018 Spend Winter Break at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota TX Kodiak Challenge is an adventure that will push the boundaries of Scouts in crews and ships who are ready for a leadership challenge. Venturers and Sea Scouts will be encouraged to try new things that may be out of their comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Crews (ILSC), National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and/or National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. The Kodiak Challenge is taught by older/more experience unit youth leaders to give participants experience in values and vision, effective teams, communication, decision making, and planning. The Kodiak Challenge is open to registered Scouts ages 14-20 in a crew or ship who are looking for an opportunity to grow personally. Venturers are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. The cost for each Scout to attend camp is $295. Registration can be completed individually by parents or the crew and ship can register together. Adult leadership from the unit is not required for participation. Alyssa Hightower - Kodiak Challenge Registration wintercampregistrar@gmail.com

March 22 - 24, 2019 Camp La-No-Che Cost: YOUTH: Register by March 1: $45 After March 1: $55 ADULT: $45 Welcome to a Weekend of Awesome Happenings! This event, hosted by Southern Region Area 4, is specifically designed to embody the spirit of Venturing over the course of one weekend. All BSA youth and venturers ages 14-20 are absolutely welcome to come and enjoy: - Glow-in-the-dark Theme - Flexible high-adventure program that allows you to work at your own pace all day and at night - Activities and program for Advisors For more information please contact: - Extreme PineWood Derby! Sarah Kisner - 3 tier Climbing Course with 2-way zipline Southern Region Area 4 President area4srvpresident@gmail.com - Swimming pool with water slides! 239-293-1212 - And a big campfire ceremony! LET'S GLOW Patti Monahan Leader’s Guide Southern Region Area 4 Associate Advisor of Communications sr4aacommunications@gmail.com 941-564-9857

2019 Area FIVE Venturing Leadership Conference

What: 2019 Area Five Venturing Leadership Conference When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:30am-3pmThe Date and make plans to join us for a fantastic Where: Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church Save The Date and make plans now to join us for a fantastic day of training, planning, fun and fellowship at the Southern Region Area Five Leadership Conference. The Venturing sessions are always stand out events and were looking forward to seeing you there this year.

Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) Program BSA National Fishing Committee would like to invite you to attend a 2019 Certified Angling Instructor (CAI) program.

Mission of the CAI Program: • To lead and guide BSA fishing programs to excel at rewarding all scouts with the best opportunity possible to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing. • Encourage and foster exceptional learning experiences through superior education, advancement, role modeling, and program and literature development.

January 11- SR Area 1 Avondale Scout Ranch January 18- SR Area 7 East Carolina Scout reservation February 6- Florida Sea Base May 17- SR Area 7 Cherokee Scout reservation

Backstory: Boys Life magazine did a survey, asking boys: What would you like to do in the outdoors?” 87% of Cub Scouts want to go Fishing 52% ask their families to go fishing Only 35% of the Scout Units have fishing on their yearly calendar. What is a CERTIFIED ANGLING INSTRUCTOR? BSA National trained and certificated individual Council advocate, resource, and leader trained to execute fishing, fly-fishing, and fish and wildlife programs Trainer and role model who imparts the skills needed by Scouts to enjoy fishing adventures they will probably remember for the rest of their lives. Recruitment and retention champion intent on training Scouting leaders and keeping all Scouts active and engaged.

Southern Region Fishing Chairman: Bill Pepito billpepito@gmail.com


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Who is HIRING? Spend an amazing summer at CAMP. Email me your Senior Photos and awesome yearbook quotes for a Senior Edition of the newsletter. srvpcomm@gmail.com

Southern Region President: Ryan Davis sr.venturing@scouting.org

Southern Region Advisor: Sherry McGugin mcgugin6@gmail.com

Southern Region VP Communications: Kynzee Ganz KynzeeGanz@gmail.com Southern Region Associate Advisor of Communications: Todd Graczyk t.graczyk@nfcbsa.org ___________________________________________ Newsletter Designed and compiled by Kynzee Ganz

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